On June 6th, the Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to China, Maja Stefanović, held a ceremony at the Serbian embassy in Beijing to confer the "Order of the Serbian Flag, First Class" upon the BGI Group. This esteemed honour was bestowed on behalf of the Serbian President Aleksandar Vučić, acknowledging the significant contributions made by BGI Group in Serbia's fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and advancements in life sciences research. Representatives from the BGI Group taskforce to Serbia were present at the conferment ceremony. The Ambassador of the Republic of Serbia to China, Maja Stefanović (fourth from left), conferred the medal of "Order of the Serbian Flag, First Class" upon the BGI Group.
During the ceremony, Ambassador Stefanović expressed appreciation for the remarkable support Serbia received from the BGI Group in the battle against the COVID-19 pandemic. The donations from BGI Group and the Mammoth Foundation enabled Serbia to obtain cutting-edge 'Huo-Yan' laboratories in Belgrade and Niš. The collaboration between BGI Group’s and Serbian scientists led to the establishment of the Center for Genome Sequencing and Bioinformatics at the University of Belgrade's Institute of Molecular Genetics and Genetic Engineering (IMGGE) in late 2021.
February 15, 2021, President Aleksandar Vučić of Serbia speaks on the country’s Statehood Day and announced the conferment of the "Order of the Serbian Flag, First Class" upon the BGI Group. (Source: Presidency of Serbia / Dimitrije Goll)
In 2020, BGI Group and the Mammoth Foundation, in collaboration with Chinese companies and charitable organizations, generously donated two 'Huo-Yan' laboratories to Serbia which significantly enhanced the local capacity for COVID-19 testing. In February 2021, President Vučić announced the conferment of the "Order of the Serbian Flag, First Class" upon the BGI Group. In December 2021, Prime Minister Brnabić inaugurated Serbia's first gene sequencing and bioinformatics center, designed and constructed by BGI Group. In November 2022, Wang Jian, Co-Founder and Chairman of BGI Group, visited Serbia, followed by Yin Ye, CEO of BGI Group, in April 2023, who signed a memorandum of cooperation with Ministry of Science, Technological Development and Innovation, and the Ministry of Health, further strengthening collaboration in research, healthcare, and talent training.