Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What bioinformatics solutions do you provide?
A: We develop and carry out solutions to all problems related to bioinformatics, including but not limited to: high-throughput data handling, processing, analysis and interpretation; statistical data analysis, statistical modeling and data mining; customized and advanced analysis method development; data structure and algorithm development; software solutions; informatics, database development and maintenance; and IT, hardware and infrastructure development.


Q: What service models do you offer?
A: We offer three service models for your business to choose from: (1) Project-Based Model, suitable for small-scale, occasional/seasonal projects that include a bioinformatics component, (2) Outsourcing Model, suitable for businesses with operations that include a constant or routine bioinformatics component, and (3) Cooperative Model, suitable for large-scale bioinformatics operations which require a heavy operational and/or maintenance crew. Please read this page to learn more.


Q: How do you price your services?
A: For work under the Project-Based Service Model, we quote for a flat rate or an hourly rate, depending on whether the project is clearly defined and engineering-oriented, or is exploratory in nature and research-oriented. For work under the Outsourcing and Cooperative Service Models, we will work together with the clients to develop the solutions and pricing structure that suit the clients’ needs and budgeting considerations.


Q: How much saving in cost can your service lead to as compared to alternative solutions?
A: A conservative estimate is, using our services will lead to 75-90% saving as compared to alternative solutions.


Q: How can you manage to cut cost to our bioinformatics operation so dramatically?
A: We develop ideas to lower our own cost of operation, then pass on the saving to our clients. Please read this page to learn more.


Q: What’s the difference between your LB team and BE team?
A: The LB or Lead Bioinformatician team is responsible for making strategic plans and developing operable solutions, overseeing the work of the Bioinformatics Engineer (BE) team, and for solving the most challenging problems in our client operation. The BE team is responsible for carrying out the plans and solutions developed by LB team, and for executing systematic and routine bioinformatics tasks.


Q: Who are in your LB team?
A: Our LB team includes eight leading bioinformatics experts, most of whom have dual educational backgrounds and higher degrees in both biology/medicine and computer science/computer engineering. Many LBs have held or are currently holding faculty appointments in major U.S. universities, or had coordinating and supporting bioinformatics developments of dozens of research groups in a major university. These LBs have published a total of >200 research articles. Each of them is a leading expert in defined fields under the discipline of bioinformatics; their domains of expertise are highly complementary, and jointly cover all major areas of bioinformatics. Further introduction to the LB team can be found here.


Q: When did AccuraScience get started?
A: In June 2013, four leading bioinformatics experts joined AccuraScience, and a test-run operation began in AccuraScience. In October 2013, AccuraScience launched its formal operation.


Q: What are Phase 1 and Phase 2 of your operation?
A: Phase 1 of AccuraScience’s formal operation started in October 2013, and it focused on helping individual biomedical researchers with their bioinformatics needs – especially needs related to next-generation sequencing (NGS) data processing, analysis and interpretation. In the three-month period between October 2013 and January 2014, AccuraScience helped >120 researchers with their bioinformatics solutions, proving that AccuraScience’s business model is sound and sustainable. In February 2014, we launched Phase 2 of AccuraScience’s formal operation, which focuses on reaching out to biotech companies and providing solutions to their bioinformatics needs.


Q: Where is the work actually performed?
A: All work is performed in our facility in Johnston, IA.


Q: What computational equipment do you have?
A: Our facility currently hosts an array of high-performance computers with a total of 300+ cores, 1.5TB of RAM, and 0.5 PB of redundant disk space. We expect to expand and upgrade our computational equipment with the expanding scope of our operation.


Q: Are you hiring?
A: Yes. Read this page for career opportunities in AccuraScience.



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