While you were at the BioFlorida Convention, the University of California, Davis, and BGI, the world’s largest genomic institute, signed an agreement to will establish a state-of-the-art BGI sequencing facility for immediate use on the UC Davis Health System campus in Sacramento. Planning for a permanent BGI@UC Davis Joint Genome Center has started.

The new sequencing facility will be used to support research initiatives and collaborations and leverage existing strengths across the Davis and Sacramento campuses in human and animal health and medicine, food safety and security, biology, and the environment. When complete, the permanent center will occupy about 10,000 square feet on the health system campus in Sacramento, initially adding approximately 20 high-skilled jobs. Ultimately, the center will increase UC Davis’ DNA sequencing capability approximately tenfold and generate an estimated 200 new jobs in the Sacramento region.

The BGI press release says this agreement “will change the landscape of genomic sciences in California and the Western states.” So that leaves the obvious question… What about the Eastern states? Who is negotiating to become BGI’s East Coast partner?

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