Our Equipment

State-of-the-art sample preparation

NXTGNT possesses state-of-the-art sample preparation equipment that allows to do a lot of different sample preparations in an automated, efficient and accurate way.

Diagenode IP-Star

The Diagenode IP-Star is a compact automated system that provides the flexibility needed to change multiple parameters in the protocols to achieve optimal experimental conditions. It allows for high-throughput sample preparation compatible with popular downstream applications such as qPCR and next generation sequencing platforms. In addition to automated ChIP and DNA methylation protocols, this system contains a wide variety of protocols including next generation sequencing library preparation and sample purifications.

Covaris S2

The Covaris S2 focused-ultrasonicator is a versatile, high power system engineered for pre-analytical sample processing for numerous biological and chemical applications including, DNA, RNA, and chromatin shearing, tissue homogenization, cell lysis, compound dissolution, and particle micronization. The computer controlled device allows for shearing at a certain, set length.

Our Sequencers

NXTGNT offers a wide range of sequencing apparatus allowing to sequence at the scale and scope of your project


The in-house MiSeq benchtop sequencer is well suited for smaller projects and thus allows for more focused applications such as targeted gene sequencing, metagenomics, small genome and transcriptome sequencing, and targeted gene expression. Generating 1 million up to 25 million reads, the MiSeq sequencer is ideal for reduced representation studies and narrowly focused applications.
More MiSeq specifications

NextSeq 500

With an output of up to 400 million reads, our in-house Illumina NextSeq 500 sequencer is more suited for larger study designs. It is the only benchtop sequencer that can sequence a 30x coverage human genome in one run. The NextSeq 500 is easily configured providing researchers perfect scalability for mid-sized to large projects at maximal operational efficiency.
More NextSeq500 specifications.

HiSeq 3000

The HiSeq 3000 System is a powerful and efficient ultra-high-throughput sequencing system that, with an output of up to 750 gigabase (Gb) of data, is ideally suited for large-scale genomics projects.
More HiSeq 3000 specifications.

PacBio RS

The PacBio RS is a Single Molecule, Real-Time (SMRT) DNA Sequencing System that provides the highest consensus accuracy and longest read lengths of, on average, up to 10,000 bp which makes it extermely suitable for whole-genome sequencing, de novo assemblies and metagenomics of viral populations. Moreover, SMRT sequencing can directly detect epigenetic modifications, making it useful in epigenetics studies.

Contact Us

NXTGNT, UGent sequencing reference center

 Ghent University, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences

  Ottergemsesteenweg 460, 9000 Gent, Belgium


  +32 9 264 80 59