Where Art and Science Meet
Considerations when outsourcing
A perspective by David W. Burden, Ph.D.,
President, BT&C, Inc., & OPS Diagnostics, LLC
Science is a discipline that helps
people understand. Science is not a tangible item, but is a
way of thinking and looking at the world.
Scientific methods are used to understand processes and
phenomena. Science can be used to dissect the universe,
decipher the mechanisms of cancer, design fuel efficient cars, and
develop a better chocolate chip cookie. The same thought
processes can be applied to the big and small, important and
mundane, and practical and impractical. Though with all its
power, science doesn't solve problems or create new entities.
Those tasks are left to creative thought.
Have We Been in Business?
Ronald Reagan was president.
BT&C's first state of the art computer was a 128K
The football Cardinals still played in St. Louis.
Jamaica had yet to field an Olympic bobsled team.
The Dow Jones average was
still below 2000.
Our 20+ years of
business doesn't make us stogy, it makes us experienced and well
versed. One of
the nice things about being a scientist is that getting older is
synonymous with getting smarter.
Dollars and "Sense" of
Cost is not
just about dollars
BT&C outsources certain activities like any other company. Indeed if
we need PCR primers synthesized or a prototype instrument machined, we will
pay other companies to do the work we are not equipped or prepared to do
ourselves. Sometimes the estimates make us cringe, but the overall
cost of outsourcing is much lower than the alternative of creating the
skills and talent in-house.
Investing in new products, testing concepts, and fixing problems has to be done
for companies to grow. Markets and opportunities change, and if your
company doesn't adjust and exploit the new opportunities, then your
competitors will. Outsourcing allows companies to probe new areas and
opportunities without expending large amounts of investment dollars.
If the opportunity is real, then developing the abilities in-house is then
BT&C can help your company develop new products, fix problems, and chase new
opportunities. For more information on our consulting and contract
services, click here.
For new visitors to this website you will find essentially two different
companies, namely BT&C which does consulting and contract work and OPS
Diagnostics which designs, manufactures and sells specialized lab products.
This website is primarily for BT&C, but many scientists looking for OPS
Diagnostics' products find their way here because search engines have long
memories. Consequently some product
pages do exist on this site, but OPS Diagnostics does have its own site and
online store at
OPS Diagnostics and Store on New
you are looking for the OPS Diagnostics website and store, it has been
combined and moved to its own website. To visit the new site,