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Scientific advisory board chairman Professor George Church paid a visit to Singlera Genomics

Professor George Church of Harvard Medical School is the leading figure in the field of gene reading and writing, a founder of first and second generation gene sequencing technology, and a pioneer of CRISPR gene editing. Recent groundbreaking news, including resurrecting the mammoth, DNA-based storage of animation, transplantation of swine organs to humans, and reversal of aging, are all achievements of Professor Church and his students. Recently he has been invited to join the Alibaba DAMO Academy.

Two founders of Singlera Genomics, Professor Gao Yuan and Professor Zhang Kun, both studied and worked in labs of Harvard Medical School under Professor Church during 2003 to 2007. In 2014, when the two started Singlera Genomics, they invited Professor Church to visit the research and development center based in San Diego, US for guidance. Professor Church was also pleased to take the position of chairman of the scientific advisory board of Singlera Genomics.

We were more than pleased to have Professor Church join us at the headquarters and operation center based in Zhoupu, Shanghai, on the morning of October 29th. Guided by the Chairman of Singlera Genomics, Professor Gao Yuan, co-founder Professor Zhang Kun, and CEO Mr. Zhang Jiangli, Professor George Church and Professor Michael Chou from Harvard Medical School visited the medical inspection center, GMP manufacturing facility and operation center of Singlera Genomics located in its Zhoupu Base, and presented him with the report of the company’s recent developments. The rapid advancement and development of Singlera Genomics led by the two professors and founding team was highly appreciated by Professor Church. Seeing that his two students advanced scientific research on the basis of their learning experience in Harvard Medical School and transferred the scientific findings to products beneficial to human well-being, Professor Church was quite pleased and encouraged by the future of Singlera Genomics.


In the signing ceremony for Professor George Church as the scientific advisory board chairman, Chairman Professor Gao Yuan revisited his studying and working experiences of the early years in Harvard Medical School and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to Professor George Church as his academic and personal mentor. While accepting the certificate of scientific advisory board chairman from Professor Gao Yuan and Professor Zhang Kun, Professor George Church donated a signed copy of his book titled “再创世纪”, the Chinese translation of “Regenesis” to the two professors and the Singlera Genomics team.



After the ceremony, Professor Church was interviewed by multiple members of the media and discussed questions of interest concering academia, the research community, and the general public. These questions involved the application of gene sequencing and editing in medicine, safety issues of genetically edited drugs, the prospect of epigenetic markers in early cancer screening, and artificial intelligence in the future of genetics and development. After the interview, professional and energetic journalists took photos as mementos with the well-respected professor.


In the afternoon of that day, Professor George Church went to Fudan University to be awarded an honorary professorship. In the Tan Jiazhen Life Science Forum, Professor Church gave a lecture titled “Technologies for Reading & Editing DNA and Medical Applications”, which attracted participation of a large number of researchers and scholars in the field of life sciences.


After the lecture, Professor George Church, together with Vice President of Fudan University, Professor Jin Li, kicked off PGP China (Personal Genome Project in China). The PGP Program, started by Professor George Church in 2005, was intended to establish a non-profit genome resource sharing platform where volunteers make information of genomes, biological samples, medical histories, and phenotypes available to the public. The information is shared amongst scientific workers around the world, thereby promoting the understanding to human genome to the greatest possible extent. The data generated by PGP has become one of the most important resources for human genome research. It is a great honor for Singlera Genomics to become one of the founding partners of PGP and involved in a work of historical significance.



We would like to express our sincere thanks to Professor George Church for his visit and guidance to Singlera Genomics. Inspired by the vision and guidance from Professor George Church and experts of the scientific advisory board, the future of Singlera Genomics will be injected with continuous new knowledge and motivation, thus bringing us one step closer in the battle against cancer. 



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