In September the firm purchased Pacific Biosciences’ single molecule, real-time (SMRT™) PacBio RS sequencing platform, which is planned for installation during early 2011. The deal makes GATC the first European service provider for Pacific. Also in September GATC established a dedicated human genome analysis unit at its headquarters. The unit aims to analyze some 100,000 human genomes for the pharma and diagnostics industries and academic research within four years.
To only buy one box that hasn't even been installed yet for a place of this size is clearly token. I remember when HLCS was pumping that Expression Analysis (in NC) "bought" an instrument. They never ended up using it.
This center is similar to BGI. Dominated by ILMN -- they also work with GNOM: