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Netherlands X-Omics Initiative

Research infrastructure in which several Dutch top institutes involved in genomics, proteomics, metabolomics and data integration, analysis & data stewardship work together.

Researchers can use the X-omics research infrastructure for access to the latest X-omics technologies and exchange insights through the rapidly developing X-omics community. The goal of the X-omics infrastructure is helping researchers to learn more about the fundamentals of health and disease through integrated -omics approaches.

X-omics initiative video 

The X-omics research infrastructure is built on 4 innovation cores and 5 additional application nodes and coordinated by Alain van Gool, Radboud University Medical Center.

Genomics Innovation Core
Edwin Cuppen, University Medical Center Utrecht

Proteomics Innovation Core
Albert Heck, Utrecht University

Metabolomics Innovation Core
Thomas Hankemeier, Leiden University

Data analysis, integration & stewardship Innovation Core
Peter-Bram 't Hoen, Radboud University Medical Center

How X-omics works

  • Researchers can get access to the facilities the X-omics research infrastructure. Contact the X-omics helpdesk for more information.
  • The X-omics initiative will organize meetings to expand the Dutch and international X-omics community.
  • The X-omics project will organize training schools with courses on X-omics approaches.
  • X-omics will establish a X-omics community for researchers to interact with each other, join the X-omics community on LinkedIn. 

Contact the X-omics helpdesk for:

  • General information about the X-omics project.
  • Expert assistance to help design your X-omics experiments
  • Directions to the right facility for analyses of samples or data
  • Access to the facilities of the X-omics research infrastructure.
  • Information about training or events organized by the consortium.

Demonstration projects

To prove the power of the X-omics techniques, the X-omics Initiative will set up demonstration projects at three different levels:

Cellular aims to champion the use of organoids to understand tumor drug resistance. 

Individual aims to use a multi-omics experimental design to realize deep understanding of rare genetic diseases.

Population aims to establish digital proteomic and metabolomic fingerprints of individuals and link these to genomic data. 


The Netherlands X-omics Initiative started September 2018.
X-omics is partly funded by the Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research (NWO) as part of the National Roadmap for Large-Scale Research Facilities. It is led by the Radboud university medical centre and will continue for ten years with a total project budget of 40M euro.

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