BGI Shenzhen is "in an unlikely corner of China," and is an unlikely success, writes Lone Frank in Newsweek. Frank notes that founders Yang Huanming and Wang Jian were called "the crazy guys" by their Chinese colleagues. Now BGI Shenzhen has 128 Illumina HiSeq 2000s churning away, and 4,000 scientists and technicians work there — and the average age of the research staff is 26. In addition, the institute is expanding into the US, Europe, and Hong Kong. "A shoe factory becoming a genomics center, scientists replacing blue-collar workers — the Shenzhen research facility embodies the country's economic and social ambitions," Franks adds.
'The Crazy Guys' Succeed
Apr 29, 2011