Post-processing note • reasons for outsourcing NextGen services

  • Investment costs in equipment can be prohibitive and continuous state-of-the-art hard- and software updating for new products and technologies is also expensive. Lab personnel have to be well-trained to ensure error minimization and apparatus feeds have to proceed regularly.
  • An external service provider can offer experience from a lot of different projects, particularly in establishing a strong quality management system for diagnostic and pharmaceutical needs.

In short, building up your own microarray service unit makes sense only in special cases -- for example, research projects with a considerable proportion of customized needs and pharmaceutical projects where issues of confidentiality are paramount.