Advantages of partnering with local expertise
Outsourcing genomic services can be a time and cost efficient solution that allows researchers and industry to access a suite of state-of-the-art genomics infrastructure.
Here are some of the benefits of outsourcing genomic services:
FOCUS INTERNAL RESOURCES ON YOUR CORE OBJECTIVES
Outsourcing genomic services will enable you to keep focus on the scientific and project work instead of using substantial resources to operate equipment with constantly changing protocols, setup and maintenance.
Cutting edge technology requires investment into new equipment that is often costly. As a national provider we take on the additional costs of commissioning, computing capacity, maintenance and technical support and trained personnel to run instrumentation efficiently.
ECONOMIES OF SCALE
Equipment such as Next Generation Sequencing is much more cost effective when operated at full or near full capacity and as a national provider we have the capacity to operate high volume services, ensuring economies of scale.
Commissioning new equipment can be complex, expensive and time consuming. We manage any breakdowns, trouble shooting, supplier relations and ongoing maintenance so you can be focused on your core objectives.
The technology cycle is ever evolving. We take care of the pricing and investment decisions so you can enjoy the benefits.
Outsourcing provides more choices in terms of technologies and with higher volumes we maintain high quality standards on all platforms so you will take advantage of our expertise in the technologies, instead of having to spend resources establishing the same level internally.
Owning equipment presents a number of risks which can be avoided by outsourcing services.
Apart from the financial risk of purchasing equipment, there is a chance of delay caused by breakdown, shortage of reagents and absence of technical support. A service provider takes these risks on board and minimizes the impact.
We have a large number of scientists and technical personnel who are highly experienced in the operation of genomics instrumentation and are here to support and guide on the optimal strategies to use.
As a service provider the AGRF quality management system has been developed to ensure our clients have access to state of the art genomic services that are efficient, effective and accurate. AGRF’s services are accredited by NATA to the International Standard ISO17025:2005, with data quality also assured through constant benchmarking of large numbers of sample and runs.
In addition, our staff training programs are assessed by the National Association of Testing Authorities (NATA) as part of the AGRF’s quality assurance process, so you can be sure to receive industry leading data quality and service, consistently.
BIOINFORMATICS CAPABILITIES AND EXPERTISE
When it comes to analysis of sequencing data, there are typically three things to consider:
- Expertise to design or select the right analysis pipeline for the given project
- Access to and familiarity with the right software tools
- Access to sufficient hardware resources, e.g. compute clusters.
Modern genomics instrumentation produces vast amounts of data which requires high-end computing capacity for storage and processing. Bioinformatics research relies heavily on computational and statistical strategies to analyse and interpret huge data sets. Many of our bioinformatics researchers have been trained in mathematics, statistics and computer science. This allows them to develop new ways to address complex research problems presented through their collaborations with other researchers.
The AGRF bioinformatics team support all services offered by AGRF and can work with data generated externally to deliver high quality analysis and tailor-made analysis for custom projects.
We are here to help
Our approach combines quality services with local expertise and support to give you the tools that you need to get the most out of your genomic research.
To find out more how we can match our expertise to your project goals please get in touch with us.