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Dubai establishes UAE’s first robot-activated biobank

In collaboration with Mohammed bin Rashid University of Medicine and Health Sciences and the Dubai Health Authority, the Al Jalila Foundation, a member of the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Global Initiatives Foundation, announced that it is in the process of establishing a vital banking operation using robotic technologies, with investment of 17 million dirhams, to be the first of its kind in the United Arab Emirates with the aim of promoting local medical research in the fields of genetic disorders, cancer, epidemics and other chronic diseases.

The bank is one of the largest biobanks in the world with a huge capacity enabling it to store and manage seven million samples, and it will be based in the Mohammed bin Rashid Center for Medical Research, while the biobank is scheduled to open in 2023 .

His Highness Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of the Board of the Al Jalila Foundation, stressed the importance of this step in promoting medical research and research in the UAE and the region and thus improving the ability to provide effective treatments that help increase recovery rate.

He said: “Biobanks have an important role to play in changing the world, as access to genetic data and medical images is one of the leading methods of analysis, which was impossible a few years ago. As the first of its kind at the state level the biobank will make a significant contribution to the advancement of modern medical practices and will provide access to scientific discoveries that can improve human health. ” Thanks to the important role that biobanks play in promoting research and development of medical discoveries, the biobank would become one of the most prominent sources for Hamdan Bin Rashid Charitable Hospital for Cancer Patients and other UAE healthcare facilities, in conducting research and provide specialized treatment.

A biobank is like a depot for the storage of various types of human biological samples, such as blood, tissues, cells, and DNA; In addition to storing data on samples and other biomolecular sources that can be used in health research. Biobanks are important sources of medical research as they support many types of modern research, such as genomics, personal medicine, and the development of medical diagnoses and therapeutic agents.

Dr. Raja Easa Saleh Al Gurg, Chairman of the Board of the Al Jalila Foundation and Member of the Board, said: “Biobanking is a quantum leap in the field of health and will revolutionize the field of medical research, leading to better treatment of patients and will enable, “Scientists and workers in the field can work and collaborate to build a better and healthier future for future generations. Scientific advances support the economy by increasing our knowledge of human health, diseases, treatments, personalized medicine and more.”

The robotic system, enhanced by artificial intelligence techniques, will ensure that the vital samples are secured in a cold storage (at a temperature of less than 80 ° C), which will preserve the integrity of the samples and prolong their usefulness.

In return, the CEO of the Al Jalila Foundation, Dr. Abdul Karim Sultan Al Olama: “The confidentiality of patient information will be a primary priority for the Biobank in accordance with the laws, rules and regulations in force in the UAE. To improve public health, researchers will be able to obtain biological and medical information. data to develop scientific discoveries that can treat common diseases and life-threatening diseases, such as cancer, heart disease and stroke. ” Biobanks serve as sites for storing patient samples, acting as a collaborative center for researchers to conduct public health surveys or look at groups of patients with specific diseases and try to find better treatments and diagnoses to treat patients and save lives.

Deputy Director General of the Dubai Health Authority, Professor Alawi Sheikh Ali, said: “The establishment of the biobank enhanced with robotic technologies translates Dubai’s vision to promote the healthcare sector and groundbreaking discoveries, and the biobank will add great value to the health care system in Dubai and the region. a living example. ” On the ability to integrate care with exploration and lay the foundation for better outcomes for our current and future patients. “

Given the diverse population of the United Arab Emirates, whose global community encompasses a wide range of ethnicities, the Bank will provide a unique platform for studying and comparing genetic, environmental, nutritional and behavioral habits.

The Biobank will strengthen the opportunities for strategic collaboration with leading healthcare authorities and partners across the region and the world, and the collaboration will support cutting-edge biomedical research and accelerate medical discoveries to improve patients’ lives. The Bank will work in accordance with best practice in this area, while complying with the highest compliance rules and ethical standards for the collection, storage, treatment, analysis and use of biological samples in research into genetic and environmental factors that affect human health and diseases.

Ahmed bin said:

• «The bank is an important step in promoting medical research and research efforts in the country and the region».

Dr. Abdul Karim Al-Ulama:

• “The Bank will provide researchers with biological and medical data to develop scientific discoveries that can treat common diseases.”

Alawi Sheikh Ali:

• “The biobank enhanced with robotic technologies translates Dubai’s vision to promote the healthcare sector.”

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