Push to Help Buyers
In June 2010, the consortium launched AMDeC F.I.R.S.T., which offers detailed listings and information for core services, instrumentation, and core technology infrastructure at AMDeC member institutions. Also that year, AMDeC rolled out its vendor partnership program, which has grown to the current 11 announced companies: Access Staffing, Acumenta, Agilent Technologies, BioStorage Technologies, iLab Solutions, NuGEN Technologies, PerkinElmer, Qiagen, SigmaAldrich, strategicplanningMD, and Xiacon.
AMDeC credits the vendor program with saving members about $4 million. The newest vendor in the program, Acumenta, announced January 5 that it is offering its Literature Lab data mining software at a “substantial” discount and has invited AMDeC members to submit a gene list data set to Acumenta for complimentary analysis. “We are looking at a larger purchasing initiative where we use our consortial buying power to buy more in the way of consumables,” Dr. Mitchell explained.
Referring to the upgrades being launched later this week, which will help buyers compare products and services and connect with vendors, Dr. Mitchell noted, “It’s going to allow us much better information to understand who’s using the site and why.
“Our plan moving forward from there is to be able to do everything online, so that you can actually buy and sell services online, and we are looking at creating an e-commerce business out of that, so that there’s actual revenue from this site. It will allow biotech companies to buy from academia directly.” Just how much revenue AMDeC hopes to generate has not been finalized, Dr. Mitchell said.
“We’re looking at an average of 20% capacity at each of the core labs,” Dr. Mitchell added. “We’re looking at revenue for each institution, which will depend on the number of core labs they have, the amount of excess capacity, and then some percentage of that that will go to AMDeC to further the research.”