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Emirates News Agency – A delegation from Abu Dhabi to the United States to strengthen life sciences collaboration

ABU DHABI, June 6 / WAM / A delegation from Abu Dhabi’s health system led by His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Mohammed Al Hamed, President of the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, visits the United States this month to discuss the possibilities for joint cooperation in health care in general and innovation in life sciences in particular.

The visit will witness a series of meetings and agreements with a number of prominent partners to explore and activate aspects of collaboration in life sciences, real-world evidence, digital health, research and development, supply chains and other areas.

The visit of the delegation – which includes a number of representatives of government institutions and departments in the emirate – aims to develop sustainable mechanisms to continue to upgrade the health sector and review the components of the prestigious health system in the Emirate of Abu Dhabi.

The delegation will witness the participation of representatives from 7 major units in Abu Dhabi, including the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Abu Dhabi Investment Office, Mubadala Healthcare, G42 Healthcare, Abu Dhabi Ports Group, ADQ Holding Company, Etihad Shipping and Pure Health.

The tour to the Abu Dhabi delegation begins from Washington, DC, with a visit to the Children’s National Hospital, which includes the Sheikh Zayed Institute for the Development of Pediatric Surgery. He will then travel to Boston to visit a range of facilities specializing in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries to discuss the possibilities of collaborating with global partners. The visit looks forward to attracting innovative treatments and groundbreaking solutions to the UAE and the region, as well as the exchange of knowledge and expertise in the sector.

The delegation concludes its visit to San Diego and participates in the Global Conference of the Organization for Innovation in Biotechnology, which will be held from 13 to 16 June, where the delegation will review the rapid development and stable growth that Abu Dhabi is witnessing in the biotechnology sector.

His Excellency Sheikh Abdullah bin Muhammad Al Hamed said: “Society around the world today recognizes more than ever the importance of mutual cooperation and unification in all sectors. While facing the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, fully convinced that the way to overcome any global health challenge is solidarity and working together, side by side, as we watched the international community unite during its pandemic, explore and develop health and wellness solutions for all around the world.Under our wise leadership, the United Arab Emirates presented a prominent model of cooperation, tolerance and unity, which are core values ​​embodied in our outstanding efforts to promote health care locally and globally. ” His Excellency Al Hamed added: “We look forward to meeting a group of partners in the United States with whom we have a long-standing partnership and partnership, as the two countries benefit from distinguished bilateral relations, common values ​​and cooperation that spanned decades with the aim of achieving an important social impact that benefits communities around the world. ” The two countries also have solid cultural ties, which are translated by the many partnerships that we continue to develop, as we are proud of what the joint efforts have already achieved between the two countries, and we look forward to achieving several results together. ”

The delegation looks forward to promoting research efforts supported by global partners to improve the resilience and sustainability of healthcare systems and provide high quality care to patients worldwide.

Abu Dhabi continues to work with global strategic partners to pave the way for a future driven by healthcare technology, innovation and artificial intelligence as part of the emirate’s strategy to improve the quality of healthcare.

The healthcare sector in Abu Dhabi includes many of the world’s leading healthcare providers, including Cleveland Clinic, Imperial College London, Mayo Clinic and Moorfields Eye Hospital. In addition, the emirate enjoys joint partnerships with a number of leading international companies in the pharmaceutical and bio-industry, including Pfizer, AstraZeneca, Roche, Novartis, GlaxoSmithKline, MSD and Johnson & Johnson, which aims to strengthen local and global capabilities related to research and innovation in life sciences. Digital health and supply chains as part of the effort to position Abu Dhabi as a leading destination in healthcare and life sciences.

Abu Dhabi was able to consolidate its position as an incubator for innovation in life sciences and achieve outstanding results in handling the Covid-19 pandemic as the world’s leading cities in response to the pandemic according to the classification of the deep knowledge group. . Over the past year, the emirate has become the focus of the world’s attention in dealing with emergencies and in launching innovative initiatives that focus on patients and meet their needs. The UAE has also consistently ranked among the top 3 countries in the world in the “Index of Resilience in Dealing with Covid 19” issued by the international agency “Bloomberg”.

The United Arab Emirates was one of the first countries to participate in clinical trials with Covid-19 vaccines, which helped accelerate the pace of vaccine development and distribution around the world, and the study witnessed the largest clinical trial. trials with the Sinopharm vaccine, which included more than 32,000 volunteers. COVID-19 “, which is a unified platform to support research and development efforts in the light of the pandemic that has facilitated scientific discoveries to tackle the virus.

Abu Dhabi produced more than 300,000 samples of the DNA extraction solution for Covid-19 locally, increased its capacity for “Corona” tests to more than 500,000 tests a day, and supplied 27 vehicle-based examination and vaccination centers throughout the emirate.

In February 2021, Abu Dhabi’s Health Department announced support from the Emirate of Abu Dhabi for existing international efforts to conduct PCR studies related to Covid-19, as the emirate assigned modern laboratories to perform laboratory analyzes of samples received and collected from outside. UAE. In an initiative that is the first of its kind in the world, which confirms Abu Dhabi’s leading position at regional and global level in the healthcare sector and the healthcare services it provides at the international quality level.

Under the leadership of the Abu Dhabi Department of Health, Abu Dhabi launched the “Coalition of Hope” in the world 2020, which provides an advanced system for the transportation, storage and distribution of vaccinations, as it contributed to the distribution of more than 260 million vaccines to more than 60 countries around the world The capacity to store vaccines reaches 9 billion doses of vaccine Abu Dhabi has strengthened the ways for joint cooperation with Belgium as a leading global center in the world of pharmaceutical industries with the aim of establishing a global air corridor for distribution and transport of vaccines and pharmaceuticals between Abu Dhabi and Brussels.

In addition, in line with the economic diversification strategy of the United Arab Emirates, the Department of Health of Abu Dhabi currently provides support to more than 60 licensed startups and communicates with more than 300 startups around the world, supporting startups across various stages of development, starting from developing ideas through developing plans and securing funding to expand into global markets.

In collaboration with Plug and Play, the Department of Health Abu Dhabi launched an accelerator for startups that targets solutions and companies from around the world. These efforts have resulted in the creation of many new job opportunities and financial support worth more than $ 44 million, and the economic impact has reached more than $ 55 million.

Abu Dhabi continues to attract and attract talent from around the world who want to live and work in the United Arab Emirates, where the health sector in the emirate includes doctors and health professionals from 98 countries around the world.

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