GridION X5

Benchtop, High-Throughput, On-demand Nanopore Sequencing

GridION X5 is a compact benchtop system designed to run and analyse up to five MinION Flow Cells. It is ideal for labs with multiple projects that need the advantages of nanopore sequencing: simple library preparation, real-time analysis and new biological insights from long reads.


  • Multiple sequencing devices, one compute module
  • Use up to five MinION Flow Cells at a time
  • Benchtop processor capable of handling high data volumes in real time
  • Simple user interface and single Ethernet for data transfer

The GridION X5 allows up to five experiments to be run concurrently or individually; users may choose to use as much or as little of this total resource as they need at any one time. The current chemistry and software release enables generation of up to 100 Gb of data during a GridION X5 run and the compute module is able to analyse that data in real time.

Nanopore sequencing offers advantages in all areas of research:

  • Microbiology
  • Environmental research
  • Microbiome
  • Basic genome research
  • Human genetics
  • Cancer research
  • Clinical research
  • Plant research
  • Transcriptome analysis
  • Population genomics
  • Animal research

Whole genome sequencing

  • De novo assembly
  • Scaffolding and finishing
  • Variant analysis: structural variation
  • Variant analysis: SNVs, phasing
  • Resequencing
  • Targeted sequencing

  • Panels – amplicons, sequence capture, exome
  • Variant analysis: structural variation
  • Variant analysis: SNVs, phasing
  • 16S rRNA analysis
  • RNA sequencing

  • Splice variant analysis
  • Transcriptome / gene expression
  • Fusion transcript analysis
  • Metagenomics

  • Real-time, unbiased analysis of mixed samples
  • Epigenetics

  • Methylation
  • Histone modification
  • Non-coding RNA activity
    • Linux OS
    • GridION OS
    • (MinKNOW inside)

    GridION X5: a benchtop, high-throughput, on-demand nanopore sequencing