May. 16, 2010
On May May 17, 2010, the Beijing Genomics Institute (BGI) signed an agreement to open its European headquarters in Copenhagen, Denmark. BGI will invest $10 million in the project to recruit 20 to 50 employees at the site in the first year. As a second step, BGI will establish a sequencing platform necessitating the employment of another 50-100 staff.
BGI is considered one of the world's major genomic sequencing centers. It has completed a large number of projects, including sequencing 1% of the human genome for the International Human Genome Project, contributing 10% to the International Human HapMap Project, carrying out research to combat SARS, etc.
In conjunction with carrying out these projects, BGI has established its own technical platforms based on large-scale genome sequencing, efficient bioinformatics analyses and innovative genetic health care initiatives.