OIT Software Licensing is evaluating the current and prospective usage of FlowJo.
FlowJo software loads flow cytometry data and facilitates complex data analysis for flow experiments. FlowJo is very powerful, and can be used for many different types of experiments.
FlowJo analyzes data collected by a flow cytometer (data from the cytometer must be saved as an fcs compliant file). FlowJo’s strength is in analyzing whole experiments encompassing many related samples. In addition to gating and statistics, FlowJo also can analyze DNA/Cell Cycle, Kinetics, and Proliferation Experiments. FlowJo has sophisticated tools for generating statistics, graphs, tables, webpages, and even movies.
A site license for FlowJo has been requested through our new software evaluation request form (http://oit.duke.edu/comp-print/software/request/it_request.php) for central funding/distribution, and we put together a wiki with some information on the software and some of the purchase options.
If your department currently uses this software or if you are interested in using this software or have considered purchasing this before, we invite you to visit the wiki and comment on it. The information that we collect in this manner will help us determine whether or not central funding and distribution would be beneficial to the Duke community.
Summary of wiki:
This is clearly a specialized product, and it is unclear how much is spent annually on FlowJo. That said, the site license options are very appealing for this scenario. http://www.flowjo.com/home/fls.html If there is support for a $275 per license per year buy-in for 25 licenses, we can easily add licenses based on usage if the 25 can be maintained. We would need some kind of evidence that Duke researchers and labs would be willing to pay up to $275 per license per year and that the minimum quantity of 25 licenses could be maintained. The discount does increase by adding more usage, but 25 is the sweet spot and the discounts aren’t very steep from there without a massive increase in usage. In this way, Duke could get the discounted volume pricing based on usage without one lab or school having to buy the minimum quantity.