Over at GenomeWeb, everyone's favourite after CoreGenomics ;-), there is some coverage of an Illumina conference call. One statistic stood out for me and that was the "average annualised consumable utilisation of HiSeq", I think this is how much each HiSeq owner spends on consumables. Apparently this is $299,000.
I was a little surprised as it equates to only 25 or so paired-end 100bp runs, the kind being used in Cancer genome projects across the world. Even back in 2010 the figure was $400,000 or about 35 PE100 runs.
Why aren't we (as a group) spending more?
If you are operating an instrument feel free to drop me a line and discuss!