How We Cut Your Cost

There is no magic in it. It is all about careful calculation. We develop ideas to lower the cost of our own operation, then pass on the saving to our clients. Here are some of these ideas:

The "Two Team" Model. We have a team of Lead Bioinformaticians (LBs) consisting of top bioinformatics experts, and this team is responsible for handling the most challenging problems in our operation. Meanwhile, we also have a capable team of junior Bioinformatics Engineers (BEs) who take care of the more systematic or routine problems. By defining the roles of the two teams and splitting the duties between them accordingly, we cut down the cost of our operation substantially, because the LB’s time (which is more expensive) is spent only when necessary.

The "Critical Mass" Idea. Even if you business has one or two top bioinformatics experts, as soon as they step into a domain deviating from what they are used to dealing with – e.g., when an informatics expert encounters an IT or hardware issue, productivity and quality of work will suffer, and your cost will rise. Many will agree that it is extremely rare to see many top bioinformatics experts with complementary strengths work in the same organization – like in our LB team. They not only cancel off each other’s deficiencies, but as a team, they create synergy, which is translated to further saving in the operation.

The Overhead Control Principle. We work diligently to control and reduce the overhead of our operation. Only LBs are considered essential. Other members of the operation – including office staff and even BEs – are recruited only as needed. Moreover, our overhead control principle dictates that we will not commit our BEs to carrying out large-scale operations directly. Instead, for those large-scale client operations, we will apply the Cooperative Service Model, whereby the clients will establish their own BE teams to work under the guidance of our LB team; our own BE team is spared. This service model (click here to know more about it) eliminates the need for us to maintain a large BE team. By cautiously controlling the overhead of our operation, we achieve the highest level of productivity with minimal overhead, and we pass on this saving to our clients.


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