UC Davis announced a major partnership today with a world-renowned Chinese genetics research institute, a move that could jump-start the Sacramento area's life-sciences industry.
Under the deal, set to be signed at a ceremony this evening in Sacramento, UC Davis will collaborate on genomics research with BGI of Schenzhen, China. The two will build a 10,000-square-foot DNA research lab at the university's School of Medicine in Sacramento.
The collaboration could generate 200 jobs, said UC Davis spokesman Andy Fell and Joyce Peng, a spokeswoman for BGI's U.S. subsidiary BGI Americas.
The estimate includes workers at the lab as well as jobs created in the community. Fell said the lab could act as a magnet, drawing biotech and other life-sciences companies to the region.
"It's about creating jobs," Peng said.