With support from Senator Pete Domenici (R-NM), NCGR was founded in 1994 as an independent nonprofit institute for discovery driven research in computational biology, medicine, and bioinformatics. The Center's founding mandate was to share and analyze DNA sequences generated by the Human Genome Project at Los Alamos National Laboratory. In 1997, NCGR established and sold a subsidiary, Molecular Informatics, which after a series of acquisitions became part of Celera Diagnostics. In 2000, NCGR's 32,000 square foot research facility was completed. Since then, in collaboration with a variety of research communities, NCGR has established an impressive history of innovation in bioinformatics analytics and software, and has developed web-based information resources such as The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) and the Legume Information System (LIS). In 2007, NCGR created the New Mexico Genome Center.
The New Mexico Genome Center
In 2006 and 2007 the New Mexico Legislature and Governor Bill Richardson supported legislation sponsored by Senator Carlos Cisneros and Representative Nick Salazar that provided funds to create the New Mexico Genome Center. In particular, the bill provided funds for NCGR to purchase an Illumina Genome Analyzer IIx sequencer in partnership with the New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology (NMT). This event marked the start of a new era at NCGR, with a focus on data generation as well as analysis. Sequencing, research and bioinformatics are tightly coupled, providing an integrated platform for discovery across the biological sciences.