BGI (formerly known as Beijing Genomics Institute) was founded in Beijing on Sept 9th, 1999, with the mission of supporting the development of science and technology, building strong research teams, and promoting the development of commercial scientific services. With a goal of excellence, high efficiency, and accuracy, BGI has successfully completed a large numerous projects, including sequencing 1% of the human genome for the International Human Genome Project. BGI has established its own technical platforms based on large-scale genomic sequencing, efficient bioinformatics analyses and innovative genetic health care initiatives. BGI has undergone a historic breakthrough from a small sequencing center in 1999 to the largest genomics institute in Asia in 2009, and become one of the leading genomics institutes in the world.