Alumni Story: Life Science graduates as trailblazers of entrepreneurship in genome science in Hong Kong

Three life science graduates, Li Jing-Woei Marco (Biochemistry, 2008; PhD 2012; MBBS 2020), Yu Chi-Shing Allen (MBT, 2009; PhD 2013), and Yim Kay-Yuen Aldrin (Biochemistry, 2010; MPhil 2014) co-founded Codex Genetics Limited with a funding support from the Technology Start-Up Support Scheme for Universities (TSSSU) in 2014.  It was among the first back then, and currently the only bioinformatics-genomics company at the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park.  Since its inception, Codex has focused on providing customized genetic testing and data analytics solutions to different research units across local university and hospital, and international pharmaceutical company and insurance company.  At the same time, Codex is also committed to contributing their domain knowledge to serve the society.  They have been developing cost-cutting genomic methods for the rapid diagnosis and management of rare neurological diseases.  To recognize their contribution, they were awarded the 7th Spirit of Hong Kong Award – Spirit of Innovation last year.

Additional information:

1. The Spirit of Hong Kong Awards 香港精神獎2020
2. Founders of Hong Kong genetics firm turn research project into action plan to improve care for patients of hereditary brain disease [South China Morning Post]


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