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Our bioinformatics service can be divided into three tracks.
Track 1: Also known as routine analysis service, includes the processing and basic analysis of data for various next-generation sequencing (NGS) applications such as RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, DNase-seq, FAIRE-seq, MNase-seq, CHIA-PET, whole-genome resequencing, exome sequencing, and targeted resequencing (e.g., cancer panel sequencing). It also includes the processing and basic analysis of data obtained from common microarrays, including gene expression microarrays (Affymetrix, Agilent, or another common platform), SNP arrays (Affymetrix), arrayCGH (Illumina) for copy number variation analysis, and DNA methylation microarrays (Illumina or Agilent) for DNA methylation analysis. Some forms of single-cell sequencing data analysis, such as scRNA-seq and scATAC-seq data processing and analysis, also fall into this category. For this track of bioinformatics work, we quote by sample numbers and ensure that all work is performed properly and correctly.
Track 2: It includes all engineering-oriented customized work, such as bioinformatics projects with well-defined scale and scope. This includes the development of customized pipelines consisting of multiple established steps, projects requiring extensive interpretation beyond routine informatics needs, complex analyses involving more than one type of NGS data (e.g., combined analysis of RNA-seq and ChIP-seq data), the development of software solutions (i.e., developing a software package or a data analysis pipeline with well-defined specifications), database development, and web service development. Some machine learning/AI/deep learning development work also falls into this category. For this track of work, we provide a flat-rate quote and guarantee that all work is performed properly and correctly.
Track 3: This track covers all research-oriented customized work, such as projects of exploratory nature that are hypothesis-driven and/or involve a high level of uncertainty. These projects often involve untested concepts or procedures and require trial-and-error testing of multiple strategies, methods, and/or configurations. Back-and-forth discussion with the researcher is necessary for adjusting strategies and methods as the project is being carried out. Due to the research nature of these projects, we cannot guarantee that the work will be completed successfully in the sense that it will necessarily lead to the results expected by the researcher. In fact, it is often not possible to specify beforehand what the expected results are. For this track of work, we are inclined to quote with an hourly rate.
It is difficult to provide a straightforward answer to this question until we have the opportunity to understand what your project involves. Most projects we have completed involve some customized (Track 2 or Track 3) components, and project size varies greatly. To give you an idea of what to expect, the average cost of completing a project in the first six years of our operation was approximately $7,500, with a median cost of $8,400. The average length of time it took to complete a project was 7 weeks, and the median length of time was 8 weeks. A recent poll indicated that using an alternative method, such as hiring a local bioinformatician, would have cost the researcher an average of $42,000 and taken an average of 4.5 months. Therefore, our services represent about 82% savings in cost and about 64% savings in time.
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