RTLGenomics is a full service Next Generation sequencing, bioinformatics, and biostatistics provider. Offering premium, certified services at a competitive price.


 

Our History

RTLGenomics is a division of Research and Testing Laboratories of the South Plains (RTL). Initially founded in 2007 to develop diagnostic techniques for chronic wound care using molecular approaches (qPCR) rather than cloning, the company quickly expanded to molecular genomics. With the installation in 2009 of a Roche 454-FLX (and a second one in early 2010), RTL was one of the first commercial providers of 16S amplicon sequencing. 

As the application of amplicon pyrosequencing expanded beyond bacterial amplicon metagenomics, RTL increased capability by adding additional assays (functional genes, fungal 18S and ITS, and multi-locus approaches), and then in 2011 purchasing two Ion Torrent PGM instruments. Also in 2011, RTL temporarily relocated to begin a remodel of its lab and office space, and hired a new CEO. In 2012, RTL added an Ion Torrent Proton instrument and doubled its laboratory staff. The company moved back to its current space in March of 2013, at which point it also began offering Illumina MiSeq sequencing as 454 began to be phased out of use. Furthering the use of Illumina platforms, RTL entered into a partnership with Texas Tech University to buy a HiSeq 2500, to be housed and operated by Texas Tech. 

Between 2012 and 2015, RTL worked with Life Technologies to beta test their 16S Microbiome kit, IsoThermal kit, as well as other kits, and to become a Human Exome Certified Service Provider. In addition, the company became an early access partner in Oxford Nanopore's MINion Access Program (MAP). Also in 2015, RTL began investing in long read technologies by purchasing a PacBio RSII, and then a BioNano Irys and a PacBio Sequel in 2016. 

Finally in 2016, RTLGenomics was created as a division of RTL to better focus on the genomic and metagenomics projects being handled by RTL. RTLGenomics also became a PacBio Certified Service Provider and an Illumina Certified Service Provider. Currently, RTLGenomics employs 2 Ph.D. computer scientists and 1 Ph.D. computational biologist in our Bioinformatics Department, a Ph.D. biostatistician, 3 Ph.D. biologists in laboratory operations as well as 4 master’s level biologists, and multiple interns. For more information on the people behind the company, please visit our Bio page here.