Achievements and uniqueness

The Wellcome Genome Campus is a unique home for genomics and biodata science to flourish from initial idea through to world-changing innovations, technology, tools and ideas.
One of the largest concentrations of genomics and biodata in the world

The Campus is one of the largest concentrations of genomics and biodata in the world, bringing together over 2,600 people including the employees, PhD students and visiting workers of two Institutes as well as people working in specialist and innovative genomics and bioinformatics companies.

Wellcome Genome Campus aerial view


DNA bases are output by the Sequencing Centre every day


our Sequencing Centre provided the equivalent of gold-standard (30x) human genomes a week

5 million

full-text articles with links to underlying data are available on EMBL-EBI's free biomedical literature resource, Europe PMC

every 17 mins

we read the equivalent of a single gold-standard (30x) human genome

Home to academic excellence

There are 92 faculty staff across EMBL-EBI and the Wellcome Sanger Institute and over 100 PhD students. Amongst its staff and alumni, EMBL-EBI has two Fellows of the Royal Society, and three EMBOs. The Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute has five EMBOs, 5 Fellows of the Royal Society and a Nobel prize winner amongst its employees and alumni.

Over the last five years, the two Institutes have produced a combined total of ca. 3,800 research papers. many of these are amongst the world’s most cited papers.

The Campus brings together leading talent and supports its scientists and bioinformaticians with the best facilities, best services and fantastic learning and collaboration opportunities. The range of knowledge, facilities and scientific operations on Campus allow scientists at the Campus to utilise different avenues of investigation, from computational models, to cell models, organoids, genome sequencing, imaging and model organisms, all on one site.

The Campus has enormous geographic reach through its partnerships and collaborations with industry, government, and academia

The collaborative and international nature of the genomics and bioinformatics industry is reflected by the international diversity of our employees. Across the Wellcome Sanger Institute and EMBL-EBI our staff come from over 77 nations and five continents. Collectively, 45% of the Institutes’ personnel are from outside of the UK, bringing together a unique combination of international knowledge, experience and scientific networks.

Partnerships and projects

BioData Innovation Centre Reception Wellcome Genome Campus

Translating fundamental science into real-world benefit

Over 190 people work in companies housed at the Wellcome Genome Campus. Following the opening of the BioData Innovation Centre four years ago, we've expanded by providing a home for innovative genomics and biodata companies as well as individual entrepreneurs and innovators.

BioData Innovation Centre
Innovation partners
Adrian Ibrahim Head of Business Development and Technology Transfer at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, Wellcome Genome Campus =, our uniqueness and achievements

A place of discovery and innovation

"As a Campus, we are greater than the sum of our parts. As a result, some of the world’s largest corporations are seeking partnerships here, which is a great endorsement of our achievements to date."

- Adrian Ibrahim, Head of Technology Transfer and Business Development, Wellcome Sanger Institute

Over 7,000 billion letters of DNA are sequenced at the Wellcome Genome Campus every day, generating huge volumes of new data

3,700bn bases of DNA are sequenced per day at the Wellcome Sanger Institute. The huge volumes of data generated at the Campus and aggregated internationally by EMBL-EBI is essential for greater learning and understanding in genomics. As Europe’s provider of biological data curation, analysis and data tools, EMBL-EBI processes tens of millions of data requests to its websites and databases every day. There are 55 petabytes of storage at the Sanger Institute’s onsite data storage facility. EMBL-EBI has more than another several hundred petabytes of storage offsite.

At the Wellcome Genome Campus, we are leading on vital training and development in genomics and bioinformatics

Skills in biodata and genomics are likely to become an increasing bottleneck to the pace and potential development of the industry that technology now permits.

Over 200,000 people undertake EMBL-EBI online training annually. Our Advanced Courses and Scientific Conferences team organise 50 events a year attended by over 3,500 scientists and clinicians.

There are also over 10,000 visits to our Conference Centre each year. We are also developing Masters degrees for the NHS in partnership with Cambridge University. We also offer a rich variety of continuous learning and sharing of ideas on Campus. In 2016 there were over 355 scientific lectures and seminars given by a combination of Campus staff and external academic leaders that were open to all employees on Campus.

As genomes and genomic variation start to have increasing impact on us all, and relevance to our healthcare and treatment, the Wellcome Genome Campus aims to play an important role in enabling the public to understand and engage with their genomes.

We facilitate discourse and generate debate around some of the challenging ethical questions that genomic science generates

Our learning resource for schools, has received over 2 million visits. Over 17,000  individuals have actively participated in our Society and Ethics Research debates and the Campus hosts around 3,500 visits per annum. In 2018, our Public Engagement team reached 14,003 people through events hosted off Campus and 111 Campus staff are currently registered STEM Ambassadors. We aim to make the Campus more permeable and better able to host visitors and training, and as we continue to make it the best place for learning and engagement with the science of genomes.

For the latest list of our events and exhibitions that enable you to get closer to the science of genomics and its role in our history, society, and culture, visit these pages.

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