PepTalk: FAQs on FTE

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There is a somewhat unsung service at New England Peptide | Peptides International that can be extremely high-value to those researchers that need additional resources for their projects, the FTE.  Our aim is to make it more well-known, while also clarifying some aspects of it.

Q. Just what is an FTE?

A. FTE, or Full-Time Equivalent, is generally considered the ratio of equivalent employees working full-time. In other words, one FTE is equivalent to one employee working full-time. ​ At NEP | PI, it is a program with slightly more nuance and advantages: it is a pre-determined set of expectations for a month, set timeline of work or project.  However, it does not have to mean a single dedicated person, lab, or equipment​.  We can also dedicate a full-time equivalent of resources (i.e., multiple scientists working part-time on a project, whose total hours are equal to one full-time amount of work).  This allows greater flexibility and array of talent and equipment for your project.

Q. What are the advantages of FTE versus a typical peptide quotation?

A. While the individual pricing can vary depending on scope, the fixed price instead of a price for each peptide​ is less, and less quoting which means no waiting for PO and approval between peptides​.  This, of course, means less time between projects​.  It can also contain a mixture of services​, including:

  • Arrays, Biomarkers, Small Scale
  • Larger scale and complexity
  • Analytical Services​

Q. That sounds very good for my project’s management.  How do you price my FTE?

A. NEP | PI will set expectations of numbers of peptides, antibodies, or both, outputted per month (or another prearranged time period)​.  Price and output depends upon three basic factors:​

  1. Complexity ​
  2. Scale per peptide​
  3. Specifications (purity, analytical testing requirements) ​

Q. Are there any other ways to assist with my project?  It’s not that big but it is difficult and I don’t have a lot of resource to devote to solving it

A. Yes.  One of our most useful FTE offerings is the “Peptide Chemistry Synthesis Optimization.” ​  If you have a peptide, or peptides, that are proving to be problematic or beyond your current scope, we will optimize peptide synthesis procedures for your team and provide a synthesis report and sample​.  NEP | PI brings to bear more than fifty years of combined company experience in some of the most challenging peptide synthesis ventures.  We will provide a smooth route to bring your project in-house with validated protocols to ensure replicable and scalable outcomes.

Q. Okay, how do we proceed?

A. Simply contact us via peptides@pepnet.com or sales@newenglandpeptide.com!  We would be delighted to confidentially discuss your project.  We will need the complexity, scale per peptide, and specifications (purity, analytical testing requirements).

​We hope you will consider this beneficial service.  Let us advance your research by taking care of the project management with NEP | PI FTE service.

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