The technology

Westminster Genomics Service is powered by the Ion Torrent™ Personal Genome Machine (PGM™); the most advanced and versatile technology of its kind. Using Ion Torrent™ semiconductor chip technology, the Ion Personal Genome Machine™ Sequencer is capable of delivering the fastest run times, the most affordable prices, the highest accuracy and longest reads of any next-generation sequencer.

Ion Torrent One Touch

This system includes two simple instruments to automate and streamline a crucial component of the overall Ion sequencing workflow:

  • The Ion OneTouch instrument, which utilises in-line PCR, combining amplification and templated Ion Sphere™ recovery into a single automated process.
  • Ion OneTouch Enrichment System (ES), which provides an automated and highly reproducible system for walk-away enrichment based on standard magnetic particle based separation.

Agilent Bioanalyser

The Agilent 2100 Bioanalyser is a microfluidics-based platform for sizing, quantification and quality control of DNA and RNA. Automated, high quality digital data return and miniaturisation improves precision and reproducibility while accelerating analysis, with minimal sample consumption.


The Covaris Focused-ultrasonicator is engineered to deliver highly-controlled and focused acoustic energy to your samples. Focused-ultrasonicators standardise sample prep for DNA shearing before Next Generation Sequencing, with the Covaris delivering best-in-class chromatin fragmentation consistency across a range of custom sizes.

Caliper Lab chip XT

The LabChip XT is the most accurate, advanced and customisable nucleic acid separation system available. Using innovative microfluidics technology reproducibility, whether analysing RNA integrity for better gene expression data or assessing PCR fragments for resequencing applications, the LabChip GX accelerates your research and generates more meaningful data, faster.

Sample storage

All samples are stored in a dedicated, alarmed and access-controlled -80oC freezer, exclusively used for safe storage of client samples.