By Julia Karow
Sequencing service provider GATC Biotech of Constance, Germany, said this week that it plans to open a sequencing laboratory in London early next year in order to provide its customers in the UK and in Ireland with single-sample sequencing services.
The new laboratory will be located in the London BioScience Innovation Centre and is scheduled to open Jan. 4.
Starting Feb. 15, the company also plans to offer customers in and around London an overnight sequencing service, which it has been offering in Germany since 2007. Sample collection points for the UK service are currently in Cambridge, Oxford, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, Harwell, London, Liverpool, Leeds, Leicester, Manchester, Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dublin, and the company plans to add further locations.
GATC Biotech said this fall that it will invest €5 million ($7.3 million) over the next three years to expand its headquarters in Constance and to hire additional staff in order to be able to expand its sequencing capacity and advance its international expansion plans (see In Sequence 9/15/2009).
The company, which is privately owned, has sales subsidiaries in the UK, France, and Sweden.