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GATC Biotech to Expand Sequencing Labs, Hire 30 New Staffers in 2012


Sequencing service provider GATC Biotech said last week that it plans to expand its labs at its headquarters in Konstanz, Germany, and to open a new sequencing laboratory in Cologne next year.

The expanded Konstanz site will be named the European Genome and Diagnostics Center and will house the firm's next-generation sequencing platforms, including the Illumina HiSeq 2000 and the Pacific Biosciences PacBio RS.

In addition, GATC plans to expand the lab of its daughter company, LifeCodexx, to provide sequencing capacity for its upcoming non-invasive prenatal diagnostic test for trisomy 21.

The new laboratory in Cologne will focus on single-sample sequencing. Due to its location and infrastructure, the lab will be able to offer the "shortest delivery times and highly competitive prices," GATC said.

In total, GATC Biotech plans to add 30 new employees next year across the two sites, increasing its staff to 170 and representing more than four-fold growth since 2006.

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