April 26, 2018
The Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, Prof. H. Mohamad Nasir, Ph.D., Ak. inaugurated the National Genome Center (Pusat Genom Nasional) of Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology (EIMB) on 26 April 2018.
The National Genome Center is a newly-established center in the institute and will serve as a research center focusing on the study of Indonesian genome diversity. This center is fully equipped with the latest technology equipment and competent scientists in the field of genomics and bioinformatics.
In his speech, Prof. Nasir said that genomics is a new field of study which can be harnessed nationally and thus make a contribution to the wealth of Indonesian people. He also urged Eijkman's scientists to use the center in a joint collaboration with other fields, such as the pharmacy industry, to increase the competitiveness of Indonesian research.
Eijkman Institute's Director, Prof. Amin Soebandrio, highlighted the strategic values of genomic knowledge, not only in the scientific field but also in the commercial and security (biosecurity). Prof. Soebandrio stressed that Indonesia has to be independent in assessing its own genome diversity.
The Deputy of Fundamental Research of EIMB, Prof. Herawati Sudoyo, gave an overview of the growing research on human genome in the world. In her talk, Prof. Sudoyo reviewed the complexity of the genome diversity of Indonesian people and the importance of knowledge in genetic variations between individuals as the basis of genome-based medicine (pharmacogenomics).
The Head of National Genome Center, Dr. Safarina Malik, in her report to the audience, said that the center will become an answer to challenges in developing genomics research independently in Indonesia. She hoped that the center can be a reference center for genomics studies in Indonesia and globally.
The Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education officially open the National Genome Center of Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology.
The National Genome Center is fully operational and equipped with state-of-the-art facilities and equipments, such as the Next Generation Sequencing machines Illumina NextSeq 550 and Thermo Fisher Scientific Ion PGM. The center also equipped with the latest Sanger sequencing and real-time PCR equipment, and importantly, with the dedicated server with capacity of 180 terabytes to hold and store data generated from the experiments.
Prof. Nasir accompanied with Prof. Soebandrio, Prof. Sudoyo, and Dr. Malik inspected the National Genome Center facilities.
A group photo of The Minister of Research, Technology, and Higher Education and Eijkman Institute's scientists taken during a lunch session after the inauguration ceremony.
Eijkman Institute is a renewed, non-profit, government funded research institute under the auspices of The Ministry of Research, Technology, and Higher Education, conducting basic research in medical molecular biology and biotechnology.