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DoH and Abu Dhabi University Forge Partnership on Life Sciences and Innovation

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

During GITEX Global Week 2023, the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), the regulator of the healthcare sector in the Emirate, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Abu Dhabi University (ADU), one of the region's leading academic institutions, to elevate joint collaboration in education, life sciences and clinical research.

DoH and Abu Dhabi University Forge Partnership on Life Sciences and Innovation

Reinforcing the Emirate's position as a leading destination for innovation, both parties will exchange knowledge and expertise across the healthcare and academic fields to advance Abu Dhabi's health-tech ecosystem.

The MoU was signed by HE Dr. Asma Al Mannaei, Executive Director, Research and Innovation Centre of DoH and Professor Ghassan Aouad, Chancellor of Abu Dhabi University (ADU).

Through the MoU, DoH and ADU aim to foster an innovative healthcare ecosystem that supports health-tech start-ups by providing access to health technology assessments and ecosystem partners.

The MoU will also involve the mutual sharing of essential resources, such as cutting-edge laboratories, health data, expert networks, and active participation from both students and faculty in leading research projects.

To nurture students with early, in-depth knowledge of the healthcare sector, DoH will support ADU by participating in health tech education events. Furthermore, ADU will facilitate the integration of its students into the constantly evolving healthcare innovation ecosystem.

H.E. Dr Asma Al Mannaei, Executive Director, Research and Innovation Centre at the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi (DoH), said: “The Department of Health – Abu Dhabi continues to forge partnerships with key stakeholders from across various fields to exchange knowledge and expertise and lead distinguished research which will ultimately contribute to the enhancement of healthcare outcomes. Through this partnership, we reinforce our commitment to nurturing the next generation of healthcare leaders by providing students with early access to healthcare knowledge and real-world experience – empowering them to drive transformative change from the beginning of their educational journey.”

The collaboration will witness pioneering clinical trials, focusing on early-phase investigations and innovative therapeutic approaches. Both parties will establish sustainable training programmes not limited to Good Clinical Practice (GCP) guidelines designed to empower healthcare research clinicians in emerging areas of clinical trials that leverage the power of Artificial Intelligence (AI), data science, and analytics.

Training sessions on clinical trial ethics will be open for students and community members to raise awareness and encourage participation in the Emirate's ongoing clinical trials.

Professor Ghassan Aouad, Abu Dhabi University Chancellor, said: “We are honoured to collaborate with a prestigious partner such as the Department of Health – Abu Dhabi. We continue to work with our strategic partners to offer our students unique cross-learning experiences and equip them with the 21st-century skills and resources they need to succeed in their future. ADU is committed to investing in scientific research opportunities that foster innovation and creative thinking among faculty and students. Through national and global strategic partnerships, we have advanced our research capabilities to commercialise innovations and startups.”

To upskill healthcare professionals and students in genomic and precision medicine, DoH and ADU will work together to develop accredited genetic counselling educational courses.

Based on this agreement, ADU's College of Health Sciences students will access leading internship opportunities from within the Emirate's healthcare sector to obtain hands-on experience and exposure to cutting-edge practices in the field.

The Department of Health - Abu Dhabi (DoH) invites guests to visit its stand and view the latest healthcare technologies and innovations in Abu Dhabi's healthcare sector. DoH is participating under the unified umbrella of the Abu Dhabi Government Enablement, located in Sheikh Saeed Hall, Hall 19/B20, from 16 October 2023 to 20 October 2023.

To learn more about the DoH's participation at GITEX Global Week 2023, please visit

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