The Genomics Institute of the Novartis Research Foundation (GNF) is a research institution specializing in basic biological as well as drug discovery research using high-throughput techniques. The institute was originally known as the Novartis Institute for Functional Genomics and this name is still used sometimes. It is a 60,000-square-foot (5,600 m2) research center located in the Torrey Pines Science Park in La Jolla, California, and was started in 1999. The institute was originally funded through the Novartis Foundation while the foundation was in existence, and is currently funded directly by Novartis. Together with the Novartis Institute for Tropical Diseases (NITD) in Singapore and Friedrich Miescher Institute (FMI) in Basel, GNF comprises the corporate research arm of Novartis. The institute has more than 500 employees.