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Theragen Bio partners with university to explore genomic big data

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Theragen Bio CEO Hwang Tae-soon, right, and Prof. Lim Si-keun of Sungkyunkwan University's department of forensic science with the signed partnership agreement. Courtesy of Theragen Bio
Theragen Bio CEO Hwang Tae-soon, right, and Prof. Lim Si-keun of Sungkyunkwan University's department of forensic science with the signed partnership agreement. Courtesy of Theragen Bio

By Park Si-soo

Theragen Bio has formed a strategic partnership with a prestigious university here to launch a joint study on biological technologies linked to forensic science.

The Suwon-based bio tech company and Sungkyunkwan University's department of forensic science had a partnership signing ceremony at the university's campus on June 23, with Theragen Bio CEO Hwang Tae-soon and Prof. Lim Si-keun and Prof. Lee Kyung-hoon from the university in attendance.

Under the deal, the two organizations will co-run research and studies on genetic genealogy, phenotyping and DNA analysis with insufficient or spoiled samples.

Officials said the project will help improve the accuracy of forensic analysis for criminal cases ― as well as finding the genetic trace of lost ancestors and having clear pictures of viruses or microbes' birth and mutation.

"I expect this project will give a boost to research and study on biological big data, which will result in increasing the accuracy of related analysis methods," Hwang said.



Park Si-soo pss@koreatimes.co.kr


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