About BGI Australia

Founded in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia

BGI Australia launch, office opening

  • Due to BGI's growing presence and influence in the world, BGI Australia was established in August 2016 to support its growth in the Asia-Pacific region. Its office is located on level 6 in the prestigious QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute in Herston, Brisbane, Queensland. Being a subsidiary of the world's largest genomics organisation headquartered in China with leading gene sequencing platform and superb sequencing and bioinformatics analysis capability, BGI Australia is BGI’s strategic research hub for the Asia Pacific region. Dedicated to facilitating cutting-edge research in healthcare, agriculture, environment and other related areas, BGI Australia is continuously seeking collaborative opportunities across ANZ region  to pursue scientific excellence by incorporating existing resources to contribute to the vision of using genomics to benefit the whole mankind.

BGI Australia Laboratory

BGI Australia Laboratory Opening, BGI AU Lab Opening

BGI Australia Laboratory, which is BGI’s first southern hemisphere genomics laboratory, is launched in May 2017, unveiling of its cutting-edge sequencer's debut in this part of the world. Being a subsidiary of the world's largest genomic organisation with leading  gene sequencing platform and superb genome sequencing and bioinformatics analysis capability, BGI Australia is devoted to facilitating cutting-edge research in the areas of healthcare, agriculture and environment. 

Local Research Collaborations

BGI AU Lab, BGI Sequencers, Brisbane

BGI Australia, under BGI Group, has established collaborations with leading research institutions such as QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute, CSIRO, the University of Queensland, Griffith University and James Cook University to carry out scientific research and innovative projects in relation to human medicine, health science, sports science, marine science, biodiversity, agriculture and aquaculture. BGI Australia has been undergoing strategic discussions with universities and various organisations regarding future opportunities and partnerships.

Strategic Focus of BGI Australia

  • collaboration with Australian organisations, to advance research and discoveries in genomics, medical health, agriculture and biodiversity;
  • establishing a centralised platform to provide technology transfer, training, services and industry incubation to the community;
  • providing sequencing systems, analysis tools and services to healthcare providers to promote Australian’s public well-being in areas of reproductive health, cancer, rare diseases, infectious diseases etc.;
  • developing agriculture and aquaculture with advanced molecular breeding technology and agricultural-genomics-related research, to promote sino-Australia agribusiness partnerships.

About BGI Group

Omics for All

BGI Group structure, subsidiaries, organisations, organizations

  • Founded in 1999 with a vision of using genomics to benefit mankind, BGI has become the largest genomics organisation in the world. With a focus on scientific research and applications in healthcare, agriculture, conservation, and environment, BGI has a proven track record of innovative and high-profile research and has published over 2,000 papers in top-tier science journals such as Nature and Science. BGI also contributes to the science communication by publishing its international research journal GigaScience. BGI’s goal is to make state-of-the-art genomics highly accessible to the global research community and life science markets by integrating the industry’s broadest array of leading technologies, including MGISEQ sequencing platform, economies of scale, and expert bioinformatic resources. BGI also offers a wide portfolio of genetic testing products across major diseases, providing diagnostics and personalised healthcare services for international medical providers and patients. Headquartered in Shenzhen, China, BGI’s services and solutions are available in more than 100 countries via a range of subsidiaries including BGI Research (life science research), BGI College (education), China National Genebank, GigaScience (science magazine), BGI Genomics (genetic testing services), BGI Agro (agriculture), FGI (forensics), MGI (instrumentation and devices), and BGI Health (personalised precision health services) with over 6000 employees worldwide. Please visit the BGI Group website www.genomics.cn for more information.

BGI Group & Organisations

BGI Research

BGI Research, BGI Life Sciences Research Institute

BGI Research is dedicated to using the world class genomics platform to contribute to the public health. Relying on innovative integration of platforms to achieve major scientific breakthroughs in the basic research area and lead technology development, BGI Research has four major areas of focus: Personal genomics, Cancer, Reproductive health, and Molecular breeding. 

BGI College

BGI College, undergraduate and postgraduate education, PhD's, Master's

BGI College focus on innovative education and training for multidisciplinary talents in bioscience and bioindustry. Programs include joint education, external training (bioinformatics training, medical related training & genetic counselor training) and public education (popular science education & summer internship). More than 100 PhD students and 300 MSc students have been trained. 

China National Genebank

China National Genebank, CNGB, BGI

China National Genebank is a platform integrating a large-scale bio-repository and an omics database, operated by BGI. Genebank's mission is to collect, preserve and utilize genomics resources, and to build a network fostering global communication and collaboration on biodiversity conservation and genetic resources utilisation. We have collected over 11.3 million samples (including human, animal, plant and microbe).


GigaScience, BGI's online science magazine

GigaScience is an open-access open-data journal for the publication of all types of biological studies that use or create large-scale data sets. With the goal of revolutionizing data accessibility, dissemination, organization, and use, GigaScience has a unique format that integrates article publication with the data-hosting and cloud-computing resources. In three years GigaDB has stored over 194 datasets and 36TB data.

BGI Agriculture

BGI Agriculture, BGI Agro

BGI Agriculture (BGI Agro), heardquartered in Dapeng New District, Shenzhen, is engaged in animal & plant new variety development, plantation, livestock breeding, agricultural and aquacultural farming and processing, and micro-ecological research and development with the aim to establish sustainable agricultural industry and guard national food security. BGI Agro owns world-class biological and breeding laboratories and glass greenhouses, and more than 1,600 acres of breeding and planting bases and commercial plantations.  

BGI Genomics

BGI Genomics, listed company, Shenzhen Stock Exchange, sequencing services

BGI Genomics provides a wide range of commercial next generation sequencing services and a broad portfolio of genetic tests for medical institutions, research institutions and other public and private partners. BGI Genomics’ mission is to leverage its genomics expertise in order to advance life science research and to improve human health by providing high quality, affordable genomics powered health solutions for everybody. 

BGI Forensics

BGI Forensics, FGI, forensic services

BGI Forensics supplies accurate and affordable DNA genotyping services, and standardizes the procedures for applying relevant technologies in the fields of human DNA identification, plant and animal identification and forensics science. Based on advanced BGI sequencing platform and database, BGI Forensics provides traditional foresic services, and also focuses on the research and development of new technologies in forensic genomics, forensic pathology, and forensics. The business scope consists of DNA tests, biological reagents, instruments and ancillary products, establishing forensics industry standards, forensic science education, and forensic genomics research.


MGI, genetic sequencers, instruments, reagents, clinical applications

MGI, a subsidiary of BGI-the largest genomics organisation in the world, 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 life science research and applications. MGI owns more than 100 patents. MGI has established local technical support teams in Australia, Europe, Americas, and South-east Asia. With the 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.