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Danish Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education Visits BGI’s First Genome Research Center in Europe
Publish Date: 2012-05-08
May 7th, 2012, Copenhagen, Denmark, and Shenzhen, ChinaAccompanied by the leaders from University of Copenhagen, Mr. Morten Østergaard, Danish Minister of Science, Innovation and Higher Education, visited BGI’s European Genome Research Center and showed his high commendation on BGI’s accomplishments.


Dr. Merlin Hu, Vice President of BGI Europe, showed his appreciation on Danish Minister’s visiting, and delivered a brief introduction on BGI Europe and its European Genome Research Center. He said, “Our primary mission of this research center is to provide BGI´s world-class expertise and infrastructure for the European researchers in genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics and other related areas. I believe the center will help to add immense value on science advancement and application for both BGI Europe and Denmark.”


During the visiting, delegates showed their pleasure to visit BGI Europe and its Genome Research Center. With the robust bioinformatics analysis capacity of BGI, they expressed great confidence in the development of European genome research center in the future.


BGI’s first European genome research center, located in Copenhagen Bio Science Park (COBIS), is about 1,200 square meters and equipped with 10 Illumina HiSeq 2000 sequencers. The center aims to establish collaborations to better accelerate the innovation and development of genomics research and applications in health care, agriculture, bioenergy and other related areas in Europe. The opening ceremony of the genome research center was just held in this February.