The CNAG is a non-profit organization funded by the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the Catalan Government through the Economy and Knowledge Department and the Health Department. Competitive grants and contractual research with the private sector provide additional funds.
The CNAG was created in 2009 as a platform integrated in the Barcelona Science Park with the mission to carry out large scale projects in DNA sequencing and analysis in collaboration with researchers from Catalonia, Spain and from the international research community in order to ensure the competiveness of our country in the strategic area of genomics. We started operations in March 2010 with twelve last-generation sequencing systems, which has enabled the center to build a sequencing capacity of over 600 Gbases/day, the equivalent of sequencing six human genomes every 24 hours. This capacity positions the CNAG as the second largest European center in terms of sequencing capacity.
The Center has a staff of highly qualified individuals, 50% of which holds a PhD degree. The bioinformatics team together with our outstanding computing infrastructure (2.2 petabyte of data storage and over 900 cores of computing) places the CNAG as a center of excellence in data analysis.
The CNAG takes part in large-scale sequencing projects in areas as diverse as cancer genetics, rare disorders, host-pathogen interactions, the preservation of endangered species, evolutionary studies and the improvement of species of agricultural interest, in collaboration with scientists from universities, hospitals, research centers and companies in the sector of biotechnology and pharma.
The CNAG will lead WP5 (Unified Platform) and will contribute to most of the other work packages. More specifically, the CNAG will implement and operate a set of standard pipelines to process all the molecular data generated by the B projects. In addition, it will actively participate in building a portal acting as a centralized entry point with controlled access integrating the processed data, the phenotypic information and the analysis tools.