Opening of Wageningen UR and KeyGene sequencing facilities

Published on
January 18, 2012

Wageningen UR (University & Research centre) and Keygene N.V. together recently started up new DNA sequencing facilities: a second-generation Illumina HiSeq 2000 and a third-generation PacBio RS. This investment was made possible with the assistance of CAT-AgroFood.


The official opening of these new facilities will take place on Thursday 16 February 2012. We cordially invite you to attend.

The new sequencing technology will enable KeyGene and Wageningen UR to speed up their genomics research and develop new innovations in the field of selection, breeding and monitoring. Through CAT-AgroFood, KeyGene and Wageningen UR, other parties can also make use of these advanced facilities.

Thanks to the facilities essential contributions can be made to R&D topics relevant to the Dutch economy and will enable companies operating in these sectors to improve their market positions. Examples of such research topics are healthy food for humans and animals, sustainable agriculture and horticulture, animal health and production for a biobased economy.

We sincerely hope to see you on February 16th. Should you be unable to attend in person, please pass this invitation on to a colleague for whom this programme would be of interest.

Ernst van den Ende

CEO Plant Research International

Arjen van Tunen

Director KeyGene


14.30 Welcome with coffee and tea

15.00 The official programme begins with speakers who will discuss the history of

sequencing, its areas of application and current and anticipated developments. Special guest speakers will be Tobias Ost, European Application Specialist Team Leader of PacBio and Emmo Meijer, Corporate Director Research & Development of Royal FrieslandCampina / Chair of Regional Group AgroFood & Innovation.

The programme will be followed by the official opening of the facilities.

17.00 Drinks

RSVP Before Friday 10 February via together with name and organisation.

Location: Radix, Building 107, Droevendaalsesteeg 1, 6708PB Wageningen