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History

 

1990-2001 The Whitehead Institute Center for Genome Research was established to generate data for the Human Genome Project.
January 2001 Initial sequencing and analysis of the human genome published in Nature.
November 2003 Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard established at 320 Charles St. location. Genetic Analysis Platform, Genome Sequencing Platform, and Biological Samples Platform established.
December 2003 The International HapMap Project paper is published in Nature, with majority of data produced by Broad Genetic Analysis Platform.
September 2005 Genome Sequencing Platform receives 454 GS20 Sequencer, the first “Next Generation Sequencing” instrument to hit the market.
December 2005 NIH launches The Cancer Genome Atlas (TCGA) project; Broad Genome Sequencing and Genetic Analysis Platforms team up to pilot the project.
September 2006 Broad installs Solexa Genome Analyzer, with the capability to sequence 1 billion basepairs per run.
November 2006 NHGRI announces Broad Institute as 1 of 3 large-scale sequencing centers for TCGA project.
2007-2009 Illumina (formerly Solexa) sequencing scale-up; Genome Sequencing Platform scales to 95 instruments, becoming world’s largest sequencing center.
2008-2010 Developed Automated Sample Preparation Protocols to scale-up library preparation and exome capture protocols.
January 2012 Genome Sequencing Platform, Genetic Analysis Platform, and Biological Samples Platform merge under newly formed Genomics Platform under leadership of Stacey Gabriel.
December 2013 Genomics Platform launches Clinical Research Sequencing Platform (CRSP) to provide physicians and researchers access to CLIA-regulated whole exome sequencing.
February 2014 Genomics Platforms takes receipt of the first HiSeqX sequencer, with the capability of sequencing 8 human genomes per run.
September 2014 All sites move into 320 Charles St., co-localizing the entire Genomics Platform for the first time.
October 2014 All 14 HiSeq X instruments run at full capacity for the first time, demonstrating, on average, the completion of a single human genome every 32 minutes.
April 2016 Whole genome analysis moves to the cloud.
2016 Total yearly data generation doubles, again.
December 2017 Genomics Platform receives delivery of the first commercially available NovaSeq instrument. 
April 2018 On the 15th anniversary of the completion of the Human Genome Project, the Genomics Platform completes sequencing of its 100,000th whole human genome.
July 2018 Data generation hits a monthly high record of 700+ terabases, equivalent to completing a human genome every five and a half minutes.
2018 Half a dozen new services launch, including Clinical Whole Genome Sequencing, Liquid Biopsy, and Single Cell Sequencing.