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Fee Schedule

The Fee Schedule For Any Of The Microscopes Is As Follows For Trained Independant User For Instrument Use:

Billed As Time In Facility

Table 1: Billing Rates for CASM Services and Equipment Usage, 1 June 2016

Sample Preparation (1.) Cost per unit

Microtome and Sectioning

$10.00 per hour

Paraffin Embedding

$45.00 per run

Critical Point and Freeze Drying

$55.00 per day ($5.50 per hour)

Sputter & Evaporative Coating

$20.00 per run

Plasma Cleaning

$25.00 per run


Electron and Ion Microscopy

Hitachi Instruments



$17.50 per hour


$22.00 per hour


$35.00 per hour


$35.00 per hour

Zeiss Crossbeam 540

Electron Microscopy

$55.00 per hour

Automated Mapping & Data Processing

$25.00 per hour

Focused Ion Beam Microscopy and Milling

$145.00 per hour


Optical Microscopy, Cell Sorting and Cytometry

Cell Sorting (1. 2.)

$80.00 per hour

Cell Analysis (1. 2.)

$40.00 per hour

Confocal Microscope (3.)

$25.00 per hour

Spinning Disc Confocal Microscope(3.)

$55.00 per hour

Epifluorescence Microscope (3.)

$15.00 per hour


Other Services

Laboratory and Bench Fee (1. 4.)

$15.00 per day

Application Scientist Fee

$36.00 per hour

Cleaning Fee (5.)



1. Cost includes general laboratory consumables and chemicals (e.g. gloves, solvents, standard buffer solutions etc). Specialty chemicals, special purchases, and one-time use items should be purchased by user groups. CASM will undertake the purchase of items if requested on a cost + 15% basis.

2. Cost of BD FACS ARIA Cytometer includes Technician time and service.

3. Includes access to CASM computing cluster with suite of image analysis software, including MetaMorph and FlowJo.

4. CASM maintains a variety of standard laboratory equipment and bench-space that is available to researchers who wish to conduct experimental work beyond the scope of personal laboratories.

5. CASM scientists are not responsible for cleaning and tidying up after users. If facilities and instrumentation are left in a condition other than how they were found, a charge will be levied for time spent tidying up.

Table 2: Corporate Users Billing Rates for CASM Services and Equipment Usage, 1 June 2016

Instrument Cost per Unit

Crossbeam SEM

$171.00 per hour

H-8100 & S4300 SEM

$66.00 per hour

Sample preparation

$63.00 per run*

Tech time

$57.00 per hour

Notes: * - Includes Tech time.

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