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Mr. Máté Pesti, Hungarian Ambassador to China and Mr. Peter Deak, Head of Commercial Section of the Hungarian Embassy, made a visit to China National GeneBank (CNGB) on July 19, 2018. The delegation was warmly received by Mr. Ning Li, Vice President of BGI and Deputy Executive Director of BGI Global Development and other BGI executives.
The delegation was given a tour of CNGB, Mr. Ning Li briefed them about the integrated structure of “Three Banks and Two Platforms”, which include a biorepository, bioinformatics data center, living biobank, digitalization platform and synthesis and gene editing platform. The delegation was given an overview of BGI’s non-profit and business segments and BGI’s commitment to improving people’s livelihood and well-being as a leading biotechnology organization.
Last year in June, BGI and University of Debrecen (UD), has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), regarding cooperation on the establishment of a local NGS sequencing hub for local population cohort studies and diagnostic testing, and wider collaboration in the research and development of genetic and genomic sciences. The bilateral relationship had since developed in a significant manner and been elevated from partnership to strategic partnership.
During the meeting, two sides had an in-depth discussion on further strengthening cooperation between BGI and The University of Debrecen (UD) in the field of life science. Mr. Ning Li concluded BGI-Hungary’s recent progress on their mutual cooperative projects, Including, joint scientific andinnovation research proposals, joint R&D projects and work together developing national and international research and innovation projects. The Hungarian ambassador expressed great importance to cooperation with BGI in multiple aspects and to promote China-Hungarian cooperation in the field of life science and technology to benefit both countries as well as other countries within the Central and Eastern Europe.
The visit by Hungarian Ambassador to BGI sustains a long-term strategic partnership between the two countries under the Belt and Road Initiative and provides potential cooperation opportunities. In the future, under the framework of 16+1 Cooperation, the two sides will actively explore and deepen the collaboration in the field of life science, medical testing and other fields to benefit people’s livelihood and well-being.
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