IGA Technology Services (IGATS)
IGA Technology Services S.r.l. is a commercial enterprise based in Udine, Italy that provides DNA sequencing services. It is a spin-off company of IGA (Istituto di Genomica Applicata). IGA Technology Services offers high-tech services in genomics and bioinformatics to research centers, healthcare institutions, and diagnostics laboratories, particularly in the European market. One of the major aims of the company is to reinvest its profits into the research activities of the Institute of Applied Genomics, the non-profit founding institution. IGA-TS was created in 2009 and soon became a leader in Italy and Europe for DNA sequencing services, especially using the Illumina Next Generation Sequencing Technology.
The very recent advent of new generation sequencing technologies has allowed us to enter into the exciting era of fast, inexpensive, and accurate genome sequencing. New and next generation sequencing technologies hold enormous potential for rapid progress in genetic and biological research, and enhancement of fundamental biological knowledge. IGA-TS is the only Illumina CSPro (Certified Service Provider) for next generation sequencing in Italy and one of the few in Europe and serves a large community of worldwide research and clinical Institutions. The sequencing center has 2 ABI 3730XL automatic sequencers, one Illumina GAIIX sequencer, one Illumina HiSeq2000 sequencer, one Illumina HiSeq2500 and an Illumina Miseq. It also provides bioinformatic analyses on NGS data. Its center for computational biology includes a parallel computing facility (176 CPU cores), a couple of machines with 128Gb of RAM and 90 terabytes of data storage devices.
IGA Technology Services plays an active role in future genomics research applied to plants, animals, and humans, remaining on the cutting edge of new and next generation sequencing technologies and in quality high volume data analysis. Prof. Michele Morgante leads the work in WATBIO. Dr F. Cattonaro leads on the provision of the sequencing services. Dr. S. Scalabrin is specialized in bioinformatics and is the leader of the bioinformatics group at IGA. IGA-TS leads WP3 providing next generation sequencing to all partners in the three target species in the areas of whole genome re-sequencing, targeted re-sequencing, transcriptome sequencing and de novo assembly, gene expression analysis (RNA-Seq), NGS-Ecotilling and genotyping by sequencing (GBS).
IGA Technologies Services presentation about WATBIO is available here.