The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the emirate, and the Israel Innovation Authority (IIA), have collaborated to promote technological innovation in the fields of health and bio-convergence.
This partnership, formed on the sidelines of Arab Health 2022, will focus on the development of an innovative healthcare ecosystem, in which both entities will organize joint seminars and meetings to promote cooperation in health innovation, including opportunities for proof-of-concept projects and clinical trials, between companies based in Abu Dhabi and Israel.
Bio-convergence has been identified as the latest technological trend of the 21st century for the healthcare sector. It is a trans-disciplinary field that merges engineering and life sciences and is expected to revolutionize the health-tech industry. It combines life sciences with different technologies from fields such as mathematics, engineering, and physical and computational sciences, creating a sum far greater than the total of all its parts.
The Declaration of Collaboration was virtually signed by Dr. Jamal Mohammed Al Kaabi, Undersecretary of the DoH, and Mr. Dror Bin, CEO of IIA, in the presence of Mr. Abdulla bin Mohamed Al Hamed, Chairman of the DoH.
“Thanks to the directives of our wise leadership, Abu Dhabi continues to adapt the latest healthcare innovations and collaborate with leaders in the industry in an effort to preserve the health and safety of all members of our community. The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi looks forward to joining forces with the Israel Innovation Authority and collaborate on key healthcare topics such as bio-convergence. This is another step towards enforcing Abu Dhabi’s position as a life sciences hub and incubator for innovative technologies and solutions.“
This collaboration follows Plug and Play Abu Dhabi and DoH’s HealthTech accelerator partnership, which provided a global program to build international innovation bridges through public and private events.
Mr. Bin said that “The agreement between the IIA and Abu Dhabi DoH is a unique opportunity to leverage Abu Dhabi’s advanced and booming healthtech ecosystem and Israel’s innovation capabilities in the area of healthcare. We look forward to creating new bridges between both our ecosystems to shape together the healthcare of the future, in the Middle East and worldwide.“