In January 2011, National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC) approved the establishment of China National GeneBank (CNGB), entrusting BGI-Research with its construction. In October, 2011, the NDRC , the Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, and Ministry of Health and Family Planning formally approve the construction of CNGB as well.
As the only gene bank that is approved and funded by Chinese government, CNGB is the key infrastructure project of “12th Five-Year Plan ", and aims at supporting public welfare, innovation, scientific research, and industrial infrastructure construction.
The China National GeneBank (CNGB) has built an integrated infrastructure of “Three banks and Two platforms”. "Three Banks" represents the Biorepository, Bio-informatics Data Center and Living Biobank, while “Two Platforms” includes a Digitalization Platform and Synthesis and Editing Platform. Based on the system of “storing，reading，and writing " genetic information, the CNGB has established a public-welfare, open, supportive and leading platform which operates to principles and guidelines that enable the exchange and sharing of data and genetic resources with other major databases including NCBI, EMBL-EBI and DDBJ, and with biobanks including the Svalbard Seed Vault, Heidelberg University, Smithsonian Institute. This global network facilitates genetic resource exploration and industrial transformation of omics knowledge in the areas of personalized medicine, agricultural breeding, marine development and microbial application, and helps develop innovative new technologies, products and models, which help cure disease, and advance the objective of allowing all of humanity to lead healthy lives.
The Introduction of CNGB's Chairman
Mei Yonghong, male, graduated from Central China Agricultural University with Bachelor Degree of Agriculture and joined BGI in 2015. Mei has been the deputy director of Ministry of Science and Technology (MST) and director of MST’s research office, director of Department of Policies, Regulations and Restructuring, mayor of Jining, Shandong Province, etc.. Currently Mei works as the chairman of CNGB and the chairman of BGI Agriculture.
During the time that Mei worked in Ministry of Science and Technology, Mei mainly focused on the management of strategy, policy, laws, regulations, system reforming, scientific and technical personnel, as well as set up a series of scientific and technological strategies and policies, which contributed to the development of science and technology in our country. While when Mei worked in Jining, he devoted to the change of urban development, the improvement of industrial restructuring and upgrading, the cultivation of capital market, the development of service industry, the increasing of scientific technology and people's livelihood, which accelerated the upgrading of resource-based city like Jining.