Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What bioinformatics solutions do you provide?
A: We offer solutions to a wide range of bioinformatics problems, including but not limited to: handling, processing, analyzing, and interpreting high-throughput data; statistical data analysis, modeling, and mining; development of customized and advanced analysis methods; development of data structures and algorithms; 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, which is suitable for small-scale, occasional/seasonal projects that include a bioinformatics component, (2) Outsourcing Model, which is suitable for businesses with operations that include a constant or routine bioinformatics component, and (3) Cooperative Model, which is suitable for large-scale bioinformatics operations that require a heavy operational and/or maintenance crew. Please click here to find out more.

Q: How do you price your services?
A:For work under the Project-Based Service Model, we offer a flat rate or an hourly rate depending on whether the project is clearly defined and engineering-oriented or exploratory and research-oriented. For work under the Outsourcing and Cooperative Service Models, we will collaborate with clients to develop solutions and pricing structures that meet their needs and budget considerations.

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

Q: How can you manage to cut cost to our bioinformatics operation so dramatically?
A: We come up with ideas for reducing our own operational costs and pass the savings on to our clients. Please click here to find out more.

Q: What’s the difference between your LB team and BE team?
A:The Lead Bioinformatician (LB) team is responsible for strategic planning, developing operable solutions, overseeing the work of the Bioinformatics Engineer (BE) team, and tackling the most challenging problems in our clients' operations. The BE team is responsible for implementing the plans and solutions developed by the LB team and executing systematic and routine bioinformatics tasks.

Q: Who are in your LB team?
A: Our Lead Bioinformatician (LB) team consists of eight leading bioinformatics experts, many of whom have dual educational backgrounds and higher degrees in both biology/medicine and computer science/computer engineering. Many of the LBs have held or currently hold faculty appointments at reputable universities in the United States, or have experience coordinating and supporting bioinformatics development for numerous research groups at a major university. These LBs have published a total of over 200 research articles and are leading experts in various fields within the discipline of bioinformatics. Their areas of expertise are highly complementary and together cover all major areas of bioinformatics. You can find more information about the LB team here.

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

Q: Where is the work actually performed?
A: All work is carried out at our facility in Johnston, IA, United States.

Q: What computational equipment do you have?
A: Our facility currently has a range of high-performance computers with a total of 600+ cores, 15TB of RAM, and 2 PB of redundant disk space. As our operation expands, we plan to upgrade and expand our computational equipment.

Q: Are you hiring?
A: Yes, please click here to learn about career opportunities at AccuraScience.

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