genomiQa and BGI Genomics formed an agreement, on 25 March, on clinical whole genome cancer sequencing utilising BGI’s ISO15189 accredited laboratory sequencing facilities. Dr Bicheng Yang, Director of BGI Australia said, “We are really pleased with the growth of our sequencing services on DNBseqTM technology platform, and the opportunity to support innovative companies like genomiQa. By working together with genomiQa, researchers and physicians can use whole genome analysis to unlock potential new treatments and support the best patient outcomes similar to the “Immunotherapy Outcomes Predication” project we are working together on." genomiQa's CEO Colin Albert said “We have been working with BGI on a number of research projects and validation studies to reach this exciting milestone. More importantly we will start to help patients who have only had access to comprehensive panels, where up to 38%1 of breast cancer patients may not have received the best treatment options, as actionable information was not available’’. genomiQa also intends to use BGI’s facility in Australia, once it has completed the ISO 15189 accreditation process, which is anticipated within the next 12 months. Keep reading
genomiQa is a start-up company out of the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, which provides computational pipeline services to analyse whole genome data, DNA/RNA. The high-quality genomic pipeline was developed by founders Dr Nic Waddell and John Pearson and offered clinicians and companies high-quality analysis of genomic data to inform health care decisions.
January 2019 - MGI, a subsidiary of BGI Group, announced WeGene, one of the largest companies providing direct-to-consumer genetics testing in China, as its first early access customer for the new ultra high-throughput sequencer, MGISEQ-T7, saying it has driven down sequencing cost to $5 per Gigabase, with exceptionally high accuracy. MGI also launched the MGI global sequencer user program to support collaborators to begin using MGISEQ-T7. MGI also announced a global partnership with Paragon Genomics, a leader in amplicon-based target enrichment and library preparation solutions for next-generation sequencing assays. To date MGI has reached a new milestone of 1,000 MGI sequencers installed in 16 countries. MGI's proprietary technologies include DNBseq™ patented gene sequencing technology and patterned array technology, BGI Australia reports. Keep reading
BGI-Research and the Macquarie University of Australia formally signed a cooperation agreement during the 7th International Yeast 2.0 and Synthetic Genomes Conference 2018 in Sydney, on 26th November. The two sides will jointly promote scientific research and education in synthetic biology, and focus on engineering bacteria transformation of natural products in synthetic biology. In the next five years, BGI Research and Macquarie University will fully leverage their resources to focus on bilateral cooperation in the fields of synthetic biology, metabolic engineering, and natural product synthesis. The two parties will work together with the goal to jointly opening new channels for talent training, to explore opportunities for industrialization of scientific research projects and drive related areas development in China and Australia. Keep reading
Founded in 1964, Macquarie University is a public research university located in Sydney. It has been given five stars by the international QS stars rating system in teaching, research, facilities, innovation and specialist subjects. Macquarie University is ranked among the top 1% of universities in the world.
The genomics giant BGI's MGI launched its most powerful genetic sequencer in October 2018 MGISEQ-T7, built with innovative quadruple flowcell staging that allows simultaneous but independent operation of 1 to 4 flowcells in a single run. The MGI proprietary gene sequencing technology used in T7 delivers higher accuracy and improves efficiency through upgrades to the flowcell, fluid, and biochemical and optical system. T7 takes the production capacity of the sequencer to a new level with daily output of data up to 6Tb, BGI Australia reports. More Info
A Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between a global leader in genomics and gene sequencing BGI and Xing Technologies is signed on 22 Aug 2018 supporting collaborative research and product innovation in the following areas: DNB technology: optimise current DNA nanoball technology to improve sequencing data quality and throughput resulting in reduced sequencing costs;
Point-of-care product: based on XING’s patented “Laboratory in a Drop” technology, undertake joint research into, and manufacturing of, a transformative diagnostic product developed by XING to offer the world, including millions of Australians, an accurate, rapid and inexpensive point-of-care disease screening, diagnosis & monitoring kit, which will revolutionise current practice. The applications even extend to human health as well as animals and plant material, such as agriculture, aquaculture, veterinary science.
MGI is pleased to announce the appointment of Decode Science as the distributor for the MGI range of next generation sequencers and related products in Australia and New Zealand regions. This partnership levers the strengths of both organisations to provide strong local support for customers. In true partnership the MGI Australia team and Decode Science will jointly provide after sales applications and service support to new and existing units in the market. The key contact details for Decode Science are listed below:
Decode Science Pty Ltd
ABN: 24 615 709 245
Add.: Eastern Innovation Centre, 5a Hartnett Place, Mulgrave 3170
Phone: 1800 724 3625
Contact: Joshua Warburton
About Decode Science
Decode Science is a privately owned Australian organisation specialising in the Life Science market. Founded in 2016 Decode Science has rapidly grown to provide national coverage of Australia and New Zealand. Decode Science has a vision to enable discovery amongst the scientific community by providing the best products from around the globe aligned with best-in-class local support.
MGI Tech Co. Ltd. ("MGI" hereinafter), a subsidiary of BGI, is specialised in R&D and manufacturing of proprietary instrumentation, medical devices, ancillary consumables and biological reagents e.g. genetic sequencers, mass spectrometers, medical imaging systems, and comprehensive solutions for scientific research and applications in life sciences. MGI owns over 100 patents. Headquartered in China, MGI has established localised technical support teams in Australia, Europe, Americas, and South-east Asia. With a vision to "enable effective and affordable healthcare solutions for all", MGI has more than 800 employees worldwide and strives to be a leading innovator in life science technologies.
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