iCarbonX Founded; Pony Ma and Weihua Ma Attend Opening Ceremony

On Oct 27, a new company called iCarbonX was officially unveiled in Shenzhen. This BT-IT venture was co-founded by Dr. Jun Wang, ex-CEO of Beijing Genomic Institute (BGI), and several other partners from the bio and IT industries. The company aims to "Manage Your Digital Life", as its name suggests. The name centers around carbon, the element of life, while the "i" and "X" indicate that the company's plan is to fuse the internet and artificial intelligence to create something entirely new.


Having been in charge of the BGI, the biggest gene sequencing company in the world, for 16 years, Dr. Wang is ready for his next challenge, "We want to establish a health-related big data platform, to develop artificial intelligence to interpret and mine the data, as well as to enable every individual to better manage their health and defeat diseases."

Genomic data will only be one of the many data sources in a multi-omics (proteome, metabolome, microbiome) approach along with phenotypic, behavioral, social, and environmental data that have been found to be highly correlated to our health conditions. With individual’s consent, this platform opens its data to research institutes, pharma companies, hospitals, and other healthcare service providers to better meet all individual health needs. While headquartered in Shenzhen, the company plans to collaborate in other Asian countries, as well as with companies in the United States and Europe.

Joining Dr. Wang, co-founders of the company include Dr. Chun Wu (ex-Partner and Managing Director of Boston Consulting Group), Yingrui Li (ex-Chief Scientist of BGI) and Hao Li (a veteran at China Unicom). The company also enlisted three technology partners: Dr. Qiang Yang (Chair Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at HKUST and an expert in Artificial Intelligence), Dr. Zhenglong Gu (Professor of Nutritional Sciences at Cornell university), and Dr. Qiang Pan Hammarström (Professor at the Karolinska Institute). Cheng Ai (Founder of iAsk Media) was invited to be the company's media and communications partner.

The big players of Shenzhen's innovative technology companies attended the opening ceremony, making the event a gathering of great minds in the IT and BT fields. Pony Ma, chairman and CEO of Tencent; Weihua Ma, former president of Merchants Bank; Houkun Hu, rotating CEO of Huawei; Shuang Yang, CEO of BGI; YueHua Long, administration president of BGI; ShengQuan Huang, executive director of BGI; SongGangy Li, former president of the supervisory board of BGI; Huang Wei, chairman of GDS; Yong Zhao, founder of Deep Glint; Kai Yu, founder of Horizon Robotics; Junchao Fan, Royole Corporation; FuYuan Ding, former president of the supervisory board of Vanke; WeiJun Zhou, executive vice president of Vanke; XuHong Ke, chairman of the board of AVIC Legend; Nan Xiao, executive director of AVIC Legend; ZeLiang Zhou, chairman of the board of Kingli Jewellery; LinHong Zhou, president of Kingli Jewellery; Clifford Borg-Marks, former Maltese ambassador; and presidents from many well-known investment companies.

"We look for great thinkers and practical doers in both BT and IT, and Artificial Intelligence, to join us in building a better future for humankind!"



About iCarbonX

Founded in October 2015, iCarbonX aims to build an ecosystem of digital life based on a combination of an individual’s biological, behavioral and psychological data, the internet and artificial intelligence. The management team has deep experience in omics technology, mobile health, medical service, biological data analysis, artificial intelligence and data mining. Based on a growing digital life network, together with the world's leading partners, we plan to interpret and study your digital life to provide personalized products and services for a healthier and better life. For more information, please visit: www.icarbonx.com