News & Announcement

We passed the FAPAS 2987 Meat Authenticity (Chicken) Proficiency Test!

We are happy to announce that we passed the FAPAS 2987 Meat Authenticity (Chicken) proficiency test, where we correctly identified the presence of beef and pork in the chicken matrix using our method: GS-AT-001 Animal Composition Analysis.

Our solution employs the use of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS), which shows that the sample comprised of the following species (and their relative abundance) – Gallus gallus (80%), Bos taurus (11%) and Sus scrofa (9%).

Using our solution, we can help you deconstruct your food and feed through DNA analysis!

Our GS-AT-001 is part of the GS-DNA-Authentication Suite:

Update: Sequencing COVID19 virus on our MinION!

Last Friday (Mar 28), our CSO, Dr.HanMing Gan, facilitated COVID19 genome sequencing on MinION at University of Malaya, the first in Malaysia! We want to thank Dr Chan Yoke Fun and Ms Yoong Min Chong for this opportunity. The sequences are now available at NCBI:

> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sra/SRX8023307

> https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/sra/SRX8023306

1. Why is sequencing COVID19 genome important?

The genome sequence paints a picture for scientists and epidemiologists to understand the virus origin, how it spreads, and how it is changing in Malaysia and the world.

2. What’s next?
We are preparing to multiplex COVID19 genome sequencing on our Illumina system. Our strategy is to make the process cost effective, quick (with local sequencing and bioinformatics support) and scalable. We can do so if we have access to samples (purified RNA or cDNA material).

3. How can you help?
Currently, authorities (e.g: MOH/MOSTI) are inundated with requests, issues and attention. GeneSEQ Sdn. Bhd. is ready and willing to help local scientists and authorities using our expertise. If you have the necessary contacts, please tag them and bring this to their attention.

In the meantime, stay healthy and stay safe!

Sequencing COVID19 virus on our MinION!

With our sequencing capacity and in-house expertise in big data analysis, we decided to step in to help the country – by sequencing the genome of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID19. The library was prepared by a local student and we provided the Nanopore flowcell, GTX1650 gaming laptop, and know-how in data analysis. The sequencing took less than 30 minutes, giving more than enough coverage for assembly. This approach is scalable and by having a better understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 viral genome, we will be able to better manage COVID19 outbreaks.

Introducing our CSO, Dr. Han Ming Gan

We are pleased and excited to have Dr Han Ming Gan coming  onboard as the inaugural Chief Scientific Officer (CSO) of GENESEQ SDN BHD (1306003W) effective March 1,2020.

Dr Gan will bring in nearly a decade of extensive expertise in next-generation sequencing, microbiology, genomic and computational biology from industry and academia. With a strong background in Illumina sequencing technology owing to his 3-year industry experience post-PhD as an Application Scientist in Science Vision Sdn Bhd, he has set up and operated two NGS labs with minimal technical support from Illumina during his post-docs in Monash University Malaysia & Deakin University Australia.

Being self-taught in computational biology and more recently Oxford Nanopore sequencing, Dr Gan has analyzed & published more than 100 microbial genomes and several eukaryotic genomes ranging from Asian Arowana to the Australian crayfish yabby. His involvement in several genomic projects at the local and international levels is evidenced by his track record.

Dr Gan’s industry-academia background, can-do attitude and passion will be valuable as he drives the NGS and data analysis portfolios of GENESEQ SDN BHD to service and engage academia and industry.

Bioinformatics workshop – briefing

Leading up to our Bioinformatics workshop, we will be organising a 𝗙𝗥𝗘𝗘 talk conducted by our CSO, Dr. Gan! If you are a 𝗽𝗿𝗶𝗻𝗰𝗶𝗽𝗮𝗹 𝗶𝗻𝘃𝗲𝘀𝘁𝗶𝗴𝗮𝘁𝗼𝗿, 𝗽𝗼𝘀𝘁-𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁, 𝗹𝗮𝗯 𝘁𝗲𝗰𝗵𝗻𝗶𝗰𝗶𝗮𝗻, 𝗼𝗿 𝗮𝗻 𝘂𝗻𝗱𝗲𝗿𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗱𝘂𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝘀𝘁𝘂𝗱𝗲𝗻𝘁 who is keen on learning more about Next Generation Sequencing, this briefing is for you!

Venue: Aras 1, Bilik Seminar Bangunan High Impact Research (HIR), University of Malaya

Date : 31st March 2020

If you want to have a one-to-one discussion with Dr. Gan, do let us know and we will allocate a suitable time slot for you!

𝗟𝗜𝗠𝗜𝗧𝗘𝗗 𝗦𝗣𝗔𝗖𝗘 – sign up now to secure a spot!