Sanger Sequencing

Important Notice

For close to two decades, the UMGC has provided on-campus Sanger sequencing services to the UMN research community. Though Sanger sequencing continues to have an essential place in life science research, the UMGC ceased providing an on-campus service on Friday, July 1, 2022, as Sanger sequencing is now best served by outsourcing to a commercial provider. Further details about our decision can be found in our April announcement.

The UMGC has worked with three commercial vendors – Azenta, Eurofins, and ACGT – in order to ensure that our Sanger users have good options for outsourcing. Given the commoditized nature of Sanger sequencing and the excellent reputations of these vendors, we are confident we will be linking you to fast turnaround times at competitive prices, with high-quality results, and on-campus drop-off locations.

Steps to consider when transitioning to a new provider:

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Determine which provider will work best for your lab

UMGC Sanger users are encouraged to become familiar with the below commercial providers by viewing their Sanger webpages, watching their webinars, making use of any free Sanger sequencing for test runs, and reaching out to the sales representatives listed below. Cost, turnaround time, and quality are for the user to determine.




Set up your account and determine your payment method

Our internal (UMN) and external Sanger users should set up accounts directly with their chosen provider (there are no UMN requirements that govern this step). Account registration with each provider is straightforward. Registration links: ACGTAzenta, Eurofins.

In the future, “punchout” access through integration with UMarket may be offered by the commercial providers, pending their discussions with UMarket Services; the UMGC itself is unable to facilitate the addition of vendors to UMarket. 

In order to place a Sanger order, you will need to first establish a payment method:

  • ACGT: PO number, purchasing agent (payment link option), credit card, ACGT card (pre-pay option - check with your department administrator on whether this is an option)
  • Azenta: PO number, credit card
  • Eurofins: PO number, credit card, EVO card (pre-pay option - check with your department administrator on whether this is an option)

It can take 1-3 days for the UMN to issue a purchase order for an amount less than $50,000, depending on your department. Two different types of purchase orders can be requested:

  • Standard PO for a one-time order
  • Blanket/Standing PO for a set timeframe with a maximum dollar amount and allows for multiple orders

For frequent Sanger users, a blanket PO will likely be preferred as a time-saving payment option. However, please reach out to your own department administrator to determine the appropriate payment method for your lab based on University policy.

Determine if you will use dropboxes or shipping


Contact Ash McKee, or (847) 520-9162 ext. 125, for campus dropbox locations and shipping options. 


Contact Emily Fish,, for campus dropbox locations and shipping options. 


Contact Dan Golin, dangolin@eurofinsus.comfor campus dropbox locations and shipping options. 

UMN discount shipping: As a reminder, the UMN has contracts with FedEx and UPS for discount shipping. Reach out to the key account manager to set up a UMN account for your lab. UMarket estimates there are approximately 20 FedEx/UPS drop-off boxes on the Twin Cities campuses for prelabeled envelopes and small packages; you can search on the carrier's websites to find these campus locations.


If you have any questions or concerns regarding Sanger services ending on July 1st, please reach out to Dinesha Walek at