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Old 11-20-2014, 10:17 AM   #6
Brian Bushnell
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No, I mean internally, the cost is estimated at around $200 per smart cell, excluding library prep and maybe some reagents, and depreciation/opportunity cost of the machines, etc. So certainly the real cost is a lot higher, and at a for-profit center would be higher still to customers, but 2 smart cells are considered cheaper for us compared to an LMP library, which is vastly more labor-intensive in addition to the costs of consumables. Then again, they way accounting is done does not always realistically reflect true costs.

So, $800 for sequencing 2 cells sounds reasonable for a for-profit center to offer with a minimal profit margin. The machines (and their time, maintenance contracts, etc) are expensive.

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