In 2010, they established a European headquarters in Denmark and became the largest ever Chinese Biotech investment in Denmark. Now, Chinese BGI, one of the world’s largest genomics organisations, is expanding their Danish presence with a European Genome Research Center in Copenhagen.
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 held at the Bio-center in University of Copenhagen last Friday, and it was attended by Pia Olsen Dyhr, Minister of Trade and Investments, Professor Huanming Yang, Co-founder and Chairman of BGI, and Professor Thomas Bjørnholm, Vice Chancellor of University of Copenhagen, among others.
Minister Pia Olsen Dyhr said:
- I am pleased that BGI has invested in Denmark and thereby contributed to creating new jobs here. We need to further increase cooperation with China, which is why I later this month will be visiting China. It is very positive that foreign investors like BGI find Denmark attractive. I hope that the presence by organization like BGI will help open the eyes to other foreign investors, especially Chinese investors.
Hope to develop a vaccine against cancer in Denmark
Vice Chancellor Thomas Bjørnholm from University of Copenhagen said that “something big” could be expected from the new center:
- The vision is to create the best facilities in the fields of genomics and bioinformatics, so that we have an opportunity to utilize knowledge on genomics and better Denmark’s possibilities of preventing and curing diseases. We hope that it will be possible, for example, to develop a vaccine against cancer, he said.
BGI Chairman Huanming Yang expressed his appreciation to the Danish government and the scientific partner in Denmark.
- BGI’s leaders and staff have been successively educated and trained in Denmark from the past to present. It is the strong tie between BGI and Denmark both culturally and scientifically which led BGI’s choice to establish the first European Genome Research Center of BGI in Copenhagen, Denmark, he said.
For more information about BGI, please visit www.genomics.cn.