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. Since 1st July 2015 the CNAG is integrated with the Center for Genomic Regulation (CRG).
The CNAG was created in 2009 with the mission to carry out 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 800 Gbases/day, the equivalent of completely 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 highly qualified staff, 50% of which holds a PhD degree. The bioinformatics team together with an outstanding computing infrastructure (7.6 petabyte of data storage and 3472 cores of computing) places CNAG as a center of excellence in data analysis.
The CNAG takes part in genome sequencing and analysis projects in areas as cancer genetics, rare disorders, host-pathogen interactions, the preservation of endangered species, evolutionary studies and improvement of species of agricultural interest, in collaboration with universities, hospitals, research centers and companies in the sector of biotechnology and pharma.