In 2007
June 19, 2007
BGI Research was established.

In 2008
Jan 5, 2008
“Yanhuang 99” project was officially launched.
Jan 22,2008
“The 1000 genome project” was officially launched.
Mar 6,2008
“The international Giant Panda Genome Project” was officially launched.
Mar 10,2008 
“BGI Research• Shenzhen University Medical School” was co-founded by BGI-Research and Shenzhen University.
Jun 19, 2008
BGI-Research was approved as a non-profit organization by Shenzhen government.

In 2009
Mar 20, 2009
The opening ceremony of BGI-Hong Kong was held in Hong Kong Science & Technology Parks.
Aug 1, 2009
“Ten Thousand Microbial Genomes Project” was officially launched in BGI-Research.

In 2010
Jan 9, 2010 
The 1000 plant and animal reference genome project was officially launched.
Jan 22~23, 2010
National 863 project “cancer genome research project” was officially launched. 
Mar 18, 2010
Next Generation Sequencing Platform of BGI-Research has received the ISO9001 certification issued by SGS.
Sep 6, 2010
Epitwin, one of the most ambitious large-scale epigenetics projects, was launched by TwinsUK and BGI-Research.  
Sep 23, 2010
“The Netherlands Genome Project”, a collaboration between the Netherlands Genome Consortium and BGI, was officially launched.
Nov 30, 2010
BGI and The Genome 10K Consortium of Scientists (G10KCOS) together announced to start the first phase of the Genome 10K Project.

In 2011
Mar 18, 2011
BGI Research and Sun Yet-sen University held a press conference and jointly announced the accomplishment of sequencing of grouper (Epinephelus coioides) genome. This is the world's first Perciformes groupers Serranidae genome sequence.
Apr 22, 2011
BGI Research genetic testing laboratories has got ISO / IEC 17025 accreditation certificate.    
Jun 12, 2010
BGI Research has started the "973 high-resolution whole genome genetic variation detection for Chinese (East Asian) population " project.
July 6, 2011
 "Giga Science" magazine started to receive data, and opened the first database referenced - German E. coli database for the public.
July 6, 2011 
BGI bioinformatics software press conference was held.
July 6th, 2011
Scientist from Kunming Institute of Zoology, Chinese Academy of Sciences and BGI Research together has completed the Chinese macaque genome sequence polymorphism analysis for the first time, and created CMSNP (the Chinese macaque single nucleotide polymorphism) database based on the massive data and analysis of polymorphic sequence, which will provide support for evolutionary and medical research. The research result has been published on the internationally renowned journal "Genome Biology".
Aug 9, 2011
Inner Mongolia Agricultural University (IMAU) and BGI Research jointly announced the accomplishment of sequencing the genomes of four important representative species(Alxa Bactrian camel, Mongolian sheep, cattle and Mongolian horse Mongolian) in Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region of China.
Sep 28,2011
Approved by Guangdong provincial government, the provincial Association, Provincial Organization Department, Provincial Propaganda Department, the Provincial Development and Reform Commission, the provincial education department, the provincial Science and Technology Department, Ministry of Finance, Provincial human Resources and Social security department, the Provincial agriculture Department, jointly awarded BGI Research "advanced organization" in the "National scientific Literacy Action Plan" implementation of Guangdong province, as the only non-public economic organization among the total 40 organizations.
Oct 11, 2011
BGI Research developed a monkey exon sequencing and analysis platform which was more simple, economical, efficient, and also had a short turnaround time.
Nov 12, 2011
BGI Research held press conference on bioinformatics software and data.
Nov 15, 2011 

Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences and BGI Research jointly announced the creation of Chinese Academy of Agricultural Sciences Shenzhen Biological Breeding Innovation Institute. This is also a launching ceremony for contract signing of cooperation with the International Rice Research Institute as well as majorresearch project.

Dec 16, 2011
Scientists from United Kingdom (UK), China and United Arab Emirates (UAE) jointly announced the accomplishment of sequencing of peregrine and saker falcons genomes at the 2nd International Festival of Falconry held in Al Ain, UAE.

In 2012
May 2, 2012
BGI Research, in conjunction with George Mason University, the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary and the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, jointly announced that they have signed an agreement to sequence 100 human adenoviruses project.
Jun 6, 2012
The international pear genome consortium, including scientists from Nanjing Agricultural University, BGI Research, Zhejiang Academy of Agricultural Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign etc, has accomplished the first pear genomic sequence in the world by jointly effort.
Jun, 2012 
BGI Research has successfully gained ISO / IEC 27001:2005 information Security Management system Certification from China National Accreditation Board for Conformity Assessment (CNAS) and the American National Standards Institute - American Society for Quality Accreditation Board (ANAB).
July 10, 2012 
BGI Research, and Ningxia Medical University General Hospital signed a strategic cooperation agreement, the two sides will cooperate in the "new molecular diagnostic technology research, development and application" and other aspects in scientific research and personnel training, and jointly promote the "trans-omics" platforms and genomic analysis technology in the clinical application of translational research.
Aug, 2012 
BGI Research Americas Institute was successfully registered in Maryland, to become BGI’s first nonprofit research institutions in America.
July 12, 2012
BGI and BioMed Central, jointly announced the launch of a new biological journal, GigaScience.
July 24, 2012
BGI Research and Edinburgh University signed a cooperation agreement, announced that both parties will involve in the extensive field of genomics research collaboration, by bringing together research expertise in Britain and China, accelerating genomics in human health and agriculture and other related fields of innovation new and development.
Nov 11,2012 
BGI Research Hong Kong Institute was successfully registered.

Jan 30,2013 
Shenzhen Yantian Port Group Co., Ltd. and BGI Research signed a letter of intent for strategic cooperation.  
Feb 3,2013
Second Military Medical University and BGI Research signed a strategic cooperation framework agreement to establish a joint translational medicine laboratory.  
May 4,2013
BGI Research Europe Institute was successfully registered.