On the side-lines of the BIO International Convention 2023, DoH, M42 and AbbVie enter a strategic partnership to advance personalised medicine and genomics


ABU DHABI, UAE, June 21, 2023 /PRNewswire/ — On the side-lines of its participation at the BIO International Convention 2023 in Boston, USA, the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with AbbVie Biopharmaceutical, and M42 to elevate collaborative efforts in tailoring personalised medicine and genomics in Abu Dhabi.

DoH, MoU with M42 and AbbVie

The MoU was signed by Dr. Asma Al Mannaei, Executive Director of the Research and Innovation Center at the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), Francesco Redivo, Senior Director at G42 Healthcare, a M42 company, and Hala Dalle, Medical Director Gulf & Levant at AbbVie Biopharmaceutical at the AbbVie Bioresearch Center in Boston.

Through this agreement, the three parties aim to advance precision medicine in the diagnosis and treatment of multiple myeloma and non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC). In line with its efforts as the regulator of the healthcare sector, DoH seeks to drive research that will contribute to policy changes and guideline implementation which will enable broader patient access to innovative approaches in healthcare.

The strategic cooperation aims to maximise on the Emirate’s unique genomics programme and translate scientific advancements into tangible patient benefits, focusing on precision medicine tailored to individual needs. Reinforcing the Emirate’s position as a leading destination for life sciences and innovation, the agreement will leverage Real-World Evidence (RWE) to advance care delivery and assess the effectiveness of patient support programmes and therapeutic innovations. The partnership aims to evaluate the impact of these interventions on patient outcomes and make data-driven decisions to continuously improve the quality of care delivered to patients.

Dr. Asma Al Mannaei, Executive Director of the Research and Innovation Center at the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), said: “It is with no doubt that personalised medicine and genomics hold the transformative potential to reshape the delivery of care and improve outcomes. Abu Dhabi continues to harness the power of these fields to unlock a new era of healthcare where every patient’s journey is guided by their own genetic blueprint, leading to enhanced quality of life and a brighter future for generations to come.”

Dr. Al Mannaei added: “We are proud to witness yet another collaboration with prestigious partners in the biopharma industry during our participation at BIO 2023. Under the directives of our wise leadership, Abu Dhabi has long realised the importance of private-public dialogue to address global challenges and advance healthcare for all. Global collaboration is vital to unlocking the vast potential of personalised medicine and genomics, empowering us to revolutionise world-class and tailored healthcare for communities around the world. Through our agreement with AbbVie Biopharmaceutical and M42, we seek to unify efforts, unite expertise and resources, diversify perspectives to accelerate breakthroughs and enhance accessibility for all patients.”

Hassan Sabbah, General Manager AbbVie Gulf & Levant, said: “This partnership aims to advance precision medicine in the diagnosis and treatment to help enable broader patient access in UAE to innovative therapies. Our efforts are progressing to launch several initiatives that support research and clinical trials and develop innovative solutions to deal effectively with local and regional health needs, challenges, and burdens.”

Francesco Redivo, Senior Director at G42 Healthcare, a M42 company, said: “I am proud to witness how our vision of realizing personalized healthcare is progressing forward as we strengthen our commitments with like-minded pharma businesses like Abbvie who are known to discover and deliver innovative medicines and solutions that enhance people’s lives. Our collaboration will be built on joint efforts to advance precision medicine by harnessing real-world evidence and real-world data capabilities, shaping innovative solutions around access to care and translating scientific advancements into tangible patient benefits by maximizing the potential of the Emirati Genome Programme.”

Led by the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), a high-profile Abu Dhabi delegation visited the United States of America (USA) between June 1st, 2023 and June 8th, 2023 to showcase the Emirate’s partnership opportunities and explore collaboration with leading organisations in Research and Development (R&D), manufacturing and innovation.

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