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Garvan Sequencing Platform

Accredited and scalable short- and long-read sequencing of DNA and RNA, tailored to meet the needs of researchers worldwide.

The Garvan Sequencing Platform offers research accredited, scalable sequencing services for standard genomics and transcriptomics. We have supported genomic sequencing in Australia since 2012 and can create a bespoke customised service that accommodates project goals – from small research studies to large-scale cohorts.

Our services

Short-read sequencing

Powered by the latest Illumina technology, we offer a range of sequencing services:

  • A fully customisable service, including sample quality control, library preparation and sequencing, through to FASTQ data delivery
  • Acceptance of human and non-human samples from a wide variety of biological sources – including tissue, blood and saliva – and across multiple preservation methods
  • Illumina PCR-free whole genome sequencing (WGS), with ≥ 85% of bases above Q30 guaranteed
  • PolyA enrichment or Ribo/Globin depletion RNAseq options
  • Provision of the Illumina TruSight Oncology 500 (TSO500) targeted DNA/RNA sequencing assay
  • Acceptance of user-submitted sequencing libraries
  • Accommodation of a range of sequencing coverages (DNA) and depths (RNA).

Long-read sequencing

As Australia’s leading Oxford Nanopore Technology research service, we offer a variety of DNA and RNA sequencing options – including native direct sequencing and selective ‘ReadUntil’ capabilities.


We offer our expertise for the establishment and optimisation of new protocols, the undertaking of novel pilot studies and as partner investigators for grant funding submissions. Spanning a variety of sequence-based requirements – including hybridisation capture, microarray, digital PCR, and quantitative real-time PCR – our highly skilled staff are open to working with a broad range of potential partners, from academic researchers to commercial enterprises.

Our services are provided through our sample submission portal. Once you have accepted your quote, we will issue you with login details for the portal, which will guide you through the sample submission process and deliver your data files once sequencing is completed. Data files generated from submitted samples will be made available through a cloud-based platform, in FASTQ format. Garvan will retain the data files for a period of 90 days from the date of delivery.

Our turnaround time ranges from 30 business days for WGS – from date of sample receipt to date of data delivery – to within 40 business days for RNAseq and TruSight Oncology 500 targeted sequencing. Faster turnaround times can be arranged dependent upon the project and whether whole sequencing lanes or flow cells are requested. The anticipated turnaround time will be specified on your quote. Please discuss your needs with a member of the Garvan Sequencing Platform upon initial enquiry. In the event that any samples or projects don’t meet agreed QC metrics, customers will be notified to seek an agreement on whether/how to proceed, and the subsequent turnaround time will be revised. For more information about turnaround times, please see the Sample Submission Guidelines.

If you would like to access our services, please email our customer service team to discuss your project and request a quote.

Before you submit a sample, please read the Sample Submission Guidelines.

Using the shipping labels provided by the Garvan Sequencing Platform, please send samples via mail or courier to:

Garvan Sequencing Platform

Garvan Institute of Medical Research

Precinct Loading Dock

West Street (off Burton Street)

Darlinghurst NSW 2010


Phone: +61 (0) 2 9355 5789

At the time of shipping, please email with your express mail tracking number, as this will allow us to monitor your shipment. We will notify you when the samples have been received and approved under these guidelines in the lab.

For international customers

In addition to the above instructions, please ensure that the following documents are clearly attached to the outer package:

  • AQIS Import Permit (supplied by the Garvan Sequencing Platform)
  • Manufacturer’s Declaration (supplied by the Garvan Sequencing Platform)
  • Four copies of Customs Declaration (customer to provide).

We currently recommend World Courier, LabCabs, DGI and Logical Freight Solutions. We strongly advise against the use of DHL or FedEx for shipment of samples to Australia.

Please contact us to request a quote, or to discuss how we can fulfill your sequencing needs.

Garvan Sequencing Platform