Wellcome Genome Campus

The Wellcome Genome Campus is home to an exciting, multi-national, scientific community working at the very cutting edge of life-science discovery.

Its mission is to drive, catalyse and lead the advance of life-changing science for the benefit of the world. Research scientists and computer engineers at the Campus collaborate with others around the world to better understand the processes of life, seeking solutions to some of the most serious challenges in health, and science.

The Campus has its roots in the Human Genome Project, which read and recorded the complete sequence of human DNA in an individual for the first time in 2003, thus transforming the way we study life. One third of the human genome was sequenced by the Wellcome Sanger Institute, and the precious data stored and shared through the European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI). Since that time, countless new opportunities for innovation have opened up, with our scientists at the centre of it all, pushing frontiers of knowledge and sharing information openly.

EMBL-EBI South Building at the Wellcome Genome Campus

Future plans

Over the next 25 years, exciting scientific discoveries and technological advances mean that the Campus will continue to evolve further in becoming world leader in genomics and bioinformatics, attracting the top academic and commercial talent. It is expected that the campus community will grow from around 2,500 staff to 4,000 with the Wellcome Trust continuing to support and invest in us.

More about Campus future expansion plans, here.

Plans are afoot to expand the Genome Campus

A charitable focus and a global remit

The Campus is part of a global charitable Trust called Wellcome that exists to improve health for everyone.

The Trust was founded by Sir Henry Wellcome who was a medical entrepreneur, collector, and philanthropist (1853-1936). The Trust is a politically and financially independent organisation, supporting scientists and researchers, taking on big problems, supporting emerging ideas, and sparking debate. The organisation is headquartered in London, and employs around 2,057staff (around 29% more than the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation). Its investment portfolio is worth around £26 billion, second only to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation as the biggest charitable foundation that invests in healthcare on a global scale.

Life on Campus

Many of the companies, Sanger, EMBL-EBI and other groups based on the Genome Campus offer unrivalled career opportunities with an exceptional scientific community that is dedicated to open innovation, knowledge-sharing and continuous learning. It boasts a highly diverse community of staff from 77 countries across the world spanning all 5 continents.

As a leading hub of genomic science in Europe, the Campus provides a range of facilities and services to support its staff offering many exceptional facilities:

  • A state of the art Conference Centre that attracts over 10,000 visitors every year.
  • Connecting Science– a team of experts dedicated to helping everyone explore genomic science and its impact on research, health and society.
  • A number of cafes and restaurants across the site providing spaces for eating out, relaxed meetings and opportunities for collaboration with scientists and others on Campus.
  • A 15-acre Wetlands Nature Reserve to enjoy and relax in all year around.
  • Hinxton Hall- built in 1748, it provides meeting space and accommodation as part of the Wellcome Genome Campus Conference Centre events’ package.
  • A modern gym and an all-weather tennis court.
  • A library with an extensive range of online journals and databases accessible to all staff on site.

Who's on Campus?

Get in touch


Wellcome Genome Campus,
Saffron Walden
CB10 1SA

Please note that all visitors are requested to register at the main Campus security reception. To help you find your way around the Campus, printed maps are available at the main security reception when you arrive or you may download one here.

For detailed information on how to get to Campus, please visit: www.wellcomegenomecampus.org/locatehere/gettinghere

Contact details

Email: info@wellcomegenomecampus.org

Twitter: @wellcomegenome

LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/wellcomegenomecampus