In the past three years, BGI Europe has established partnerships and collaborations with leading European academic and governmental research institutions as well as global biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies. Among the more recent partnerships and collaborations entered into by BGI Europe include:
1. Collaboration with he University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark, Aarhus University and Aalborg University have--received the largest grant ever awarded by the Danish National Advanced Technology Foundation--to establish a national technology platform that will facilitate the mapping of the Danish genome.
2. Gathering 9 Danish university centers/institutes in LUCAMP Project, in the purpose of clinical translation of research discoveries to patients for new personalized interventions and ongoing large-scale observational studies and clinical trials.
3. Collaboration with TwinsUK, launched the Largest Ever Epigenetics Projectin Human Genetics to mark the differences between 5,000 twins on a scale and depth never before attempted, providing key therapeutic targets for the development of drug treatments.
4. Collaboration with the University Medical Centre Hamburg-Eppendorf carried out research to combat German deadly E. coli, and rapidly released theopen-source genomic data. The study was published in The New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM), revealing for the first time that rapid open-source analysis of an outbreak-associated bacterial pathogen can play a significant role in public health emergencies.
5. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Technological Top Institute of Green Genetics (TTI GG), Netherlands eScience Centre (NLeSC), and Netherlands Institute of Bioinformatics (NBIC) to address the challenge of managing, transporting, integrating and analysing today’s tremendous flow of genomic data.
6. Agreement with Novo Nordisk to establish Global Collaboration Framework
Through its growing presence in Europe, BGI Europe is prepared to establish more partnerships with communities and promote scientific advances with state-of-the-art sequencing technologies and value-added bioinformatic analytics.
7. Jointly complete the "Genome of The Netherlands Project" with The Genome of the Netherlands consortium, this project offers unique opportunities for science and for the development of new treatments and diagnostic techniques.
8. Initiate 100 Tomato Genome Project with TTI GG (Technological Top Institute Green Genetics), it is a joint Sino-Dutch research project on data generation and data exploitation on the basis of 100 (a hundred) tomato genomes. The project will provide a significant scientific value for raising tomato production with high yields and good quality, and also contributes to studies on integrated control of tomato diseases and pests.
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