01.11.2022 - ICT, Life science

Eurofins Genomics IT centre established in Riga

The new Eurofins Genomics IT Solutions Latvia centre established by the international genomics company Eurofins Genomics aims to create a modern, innovation-driven IT organisation in Latvia, to provide, together with the group’s teams, modern, high-level technological solutions for the company’s business needs in Europe. Eurofins Genomics IT Solutions Latvia will grow to 40 employees in the first year.

Riga and Latvia have been chosen as a place where globally competitive IT experts with knowledge of the latest technologies and software development practices are concentrated. Eurofins Genomics appreciates the opportunity to participate in the further development of Latvia’s IT-driven and knowledge-based economy by providing the opportunity to work on the latest technologies in the rapidly growing genomics sector.

“The IT centre in Latvia will enable and accelerate Eurofins Genomics’ growth plans and is the company’s first step in developing its business in the Baltic region,” says Dr Michael Hadem, CEO of Eurofins Genomics & Forensics Europe.

Gaitis Kasims, Member of the Board of Eurofins Genomics IT Solutions Latvia and IT Director of Genomic Services, adds: “I am proud that we will be able to actively involve the best specialists from Latvia and the Baltic States to work together on world-class IT solutions.”

Tackling today’s life science challenges

Aleksandra Rubena, Head of Eurofins Genomics IT Solutions Latvia, explains that the need to develop knowledge export in order to support the country’s economy and make Latvia known on the global stage is being more and more widely spoken of.

“Working for the company, IT professionals will contribute directly with their skills and solutions to overcoming today’s biggest challenges in the humanities sector and life sciences, including issues related to food access, climate change, public health and the treatment of diseases,” says Rubena.

“This is a dynamic and exciting sector that is constantly evolving and seeking new science-based solutions with the ultimate goal of promoting public health, safety and wellbeing. Having worked in this sector for more than 10 years, I have had the opportunity to be part of and witness how concern for public health continues to grow and at the same time the development of new technological solutions opens up new opportunities for the genomics industry. The role of IT continues to grow, with an even greater focus on data analysis and more and more artificial intelligence and machine learning solutions,” says Kasims.

Runs five laboratories in Europe

Eurofins Genomics is an international genomics company with five laboratories in Europe and more than 600 employees. The company is part of Eurofins Scientific, a testing and laboratory services provider with 940 laboratories in 59 countries and more than 61,000 employees working daily with customers in a wide range of industries.

Eurofins Genomics customers include research, pharmaceutical and diagnostics, agronomy, food and environmental organisations, including companies working with consumer and population genomics. Eurofins Genomics offers research and industrial laboratory services in sequencing, including next generation sequencing, Sanger sequencing, MicroArray, qPCR, as well as oligo production, gene synthesis, genotyping, etc.

Source: Press release (labsoflatvia.com). Publicity photo.

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