King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Leading Health Sector Transformation in Saudi Arabia

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre Leading Health Sector Transformation in Saudi Arabia

RIYADH, Saudi Arabia, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Harvard University — Eight years into Vision 2030, Saudi Arabia has made significant strides with digital innovations and enhanced access to quality care. Strategic investments in infrastructure, technology, and talent, have led to advancements revolutionizing patient care delivery and elevating the standards of healthcare locally. These efforts have notably raised the average life expectancy, reduced mortality rates, and enhanced overall well-being across the Kingdom.

Central to these achievements, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC), renowned for its specialized care and treatments across critical fields such as oncology, cardiology, organ transplantation, and genetics has positioned itself as a leader in specialized patient care, taking the charge towards a brighter, healthier future for the Kingdom. Through its commitment to pioneering digital health initiatives, comprehensive educational programs, and novel research endeavors, it is reshaping the local landscape, and setting new standards of efficiency and accessibility.

In an era defined by technological advancements, and with the Kingdom’s push towards digitalization, KFSH&RC stands at the forefront of digital health integration among its local peers, leveraging cutting-edge telemedicine services, virtual consultations, and AI-driven tools such as the ANFAL AI System that transforms patient outcomes through predictive insights and personalized care, ensuring the best outcomes for patient satisfaction.

KFSH&RC’s digital health initiatives extend to addressing broader health threats through technologies such as Whole Genomic Sequencing (WGS) and Advanced Radiation Therapy. The hospital has also pioneered organ transplantation by performing the world’s first fully robotic liver transplant and introduced to the region innovations like the Harmony Transcatheter Pulmonary Valve (TPV), enhancing patient recovery and experience. These technologies facilitate personalized treatment plans and improve the accuracy and speed of medical diagnostics, contributing significantly to the elevation of patient care standards and a sustainable, resilient healthcare infrastructure in line with the objectives of the Health Sector Transformation Program.

KFSH&RC continues to push the boundaries of medical research addressing pressing health challenges and contributing to Saudi Arabia’s public health landscape, with discoveries like the PfAP2-MRP gene crucial for malaria treatment and the identification of the new Riyadhensis bacteria strain. These discoveries have not only improved diagnostic accuracy but also facilitated early interventions, ensuring timely and effective patient support, in line with the national objectives to reduce chronic disease prevalence.

These comprehensive efforts are supported by KFSH&RC’s robust educational initiatives, which prepare the next generation of medical professionals through training programs and international collaborations.

Recognized by ‘Brand Finance’ in 2024 as the most valuable healthcare brand in Saudi Arabia and the Middle East for the second consecutive year, placing 9th in Saudi Arabia and 28th in the Middle East. Additionally, KFSH&RC stands out as the only hospital worldwide to be ranked among its country’s top ten most valuable brands.

About King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC):

King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre (KFSH&RC) stands as a leading healthcare institution in the Middle East, envisioned to be the optimal choice for every patient seeking specialized healthcare. The hospital boasts a rich history in the treatment of cancers, cardiovascular diseases, organ transplantation, neurosciences, and genetics.

In 2024, “Brand Finance” ranked King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre as the top academic medical centre in the Middle East and Africa, and among the top 20 globally for the second consecutive year. Additionally, in 2024, it was recognized as one of the leading global healthcare providers by Newsweek magazine.

As part of Saudi Vision 2030, a royal decree was issued on December 21, 2021, to transform the hospital into an independent, non-profit, government-owned entity, paving the way for a comprehensive transformation program aimed at achieving global leadership in healthcare through excellence and innovation.


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Curia and Carterra Partner on Biologics Symposium to Further Biotechnology Research in the Pacific Northwest

Curia & Carterra Biologics Symposium

Biologics symposium slated for May 31 in Seattle, WA

ALBANY, N.Y. and SALT LAKE CITY, May 09, 2024 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Curia, a leading contract research, development and manufacturing organization and Carterra Inc., the world leader in label-free high throughput antibody and small molecule drug discovery, today announced their partnership in hosting a high-throughput biologics symposium slated for May 31 at the Residence Inn at Marriott in Seattle, Washington.

The purpose of the collaboration is to promote the rising biotech focus within the Pacific Northwest region of the U.S and Canada. The symposium will bring together all levels of scientific leadership from the biotech and pharma communities.

“We are thrilled to be partnering with Carterra to organize this antibody discovery symposium, bringing the Pacific Northwest biotech community together and sharing the latest advances in antibody discovery,” said Steve Lavezoli, Vice President of Biologics at Curia. “We are also looking forward to sharing our optimal, high-quality and accelerated antibody discovery workflows to first-to-human antibody discovery, development and clinical manufacturing. Antibodies discovered and/or engineered with Curia’s platform technology are in the clinic and we have over 230 successful antibody discovery campaigns performed for the biotech community.”

Speed, scientific expertise and efficiency can surmount the high attrition rates of early antibody discovery and achieve first-to-market delivery of new therapeutics. The symposium will highlight Curia’s technology platform and integrated services with a focus on the development of enhanced mouse systems for antibody generation and high-throughput single B cell screening. The combination of next generation sequencing (NGS) and rapid recombinant production of milligram to gram quantities of purified monoclonal antibody (mAb) significantly accelerates identification of development candidate leads.

Since 2017, Carterra has been selling its powerful LSA® high-throughput biosensor to analyze and characterize antibodies using Surface Plasmon Resonance (SPR). With the launch of its LSAXT platform last year, Carterra now offers products that can perform small molecule analysis as well as antibody discovery. The LSA platform has been profiled in several peer-reviewed papers in Science, Nature and Cell, detailing the path of multiple therapeutics entering clinical trials. At the symposium, several leading scientists in biopharma will be sharing their insights into their specific areas of drug discovery and will highlight the transformative impact of integrating HT-SPR technology, AI/ML and other new technologies.

“We are excited to be partnering with Curia on our symposium. Carterra symposia are scientific events that we host each year throughout the U.S. and Europe,” stated Chris M. Silva, Vice President of Marketing and Product at Carterra. “These symposia help us to share the latest technology advancements and important data generated from the workflows of scientists using Carterra’s label-free platforms. Coming to the Pacific Northwest is an opportunity to create a deeper understanding of the technology in pharma and biotechs in this region.”

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About Curia:
Curia is a Contract Development and Manufacturing Organization (CDMO) with over 30 years of experience, an integrated network of 27 global sites and over 3,500 employees partnering with Biopharmaceutical customers to bring life-changing therapies to market. Our biologics and small molecules offerings span discovery through commercialization, with integrated regulatory and analytical capabilities. Our scientific and process experts and state-of-the-art facilities deliver best-in-class experience across drug substance and drug product manufacturing. From curiosity to cure, we deliver every step to improve patients’ lives. Visit us at

About Carterra, Inc.:
Carterra, Inc. is a privately held company. Its HT-SPR technology provides large-molecule and small-molecule drug discovery customers with screening and characterization throughput and functionality that scales with omics-level applications, condensing months of work down to days. Our solutions have enabled multiple therapeutics and breakthrough research and helped academic and translational researchers and biopharmaceutical companies in oncology, immunology, neuroscience, and more.  Carterra is based in Salt Lake City, Utah, and has Customer Experience Centers in San Francisco, Salt Lake City, Boston, Manchester, England, and Munich, Germany. Carterra products are available in Asia-Pacific and Oceania through our exclusive distributor, Revvity. To learn more, visit or connect with us on LinkedIn or X (Twitter).

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Insecurity: Nigerian military takes delivery of new fighting platforms

The Chief of Defence Staff (CDS), Gen. Christopher Musa, on Wednesday, took delivery of 20 sets of improved version of Armoured Personnel Carrier (APCs) to boost the ongoing fight against insecurity. This is contained in a statement by the Acting Director Defence Information, Brig.-Gen. Tukur Gusau, on Wednesday in Abuja. Gusau said the delivery was done in a brief ceremony by the Permanent Secretary Ministry of Defence, Dr Ibrahim Kana, on behalf of the Minister of Defence, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru in Abuja. He said the APCs were improved version with improved weapons and communication systems that could locate adversaries from distance and engage them effectively. According to him, they also allow for seamless military operations and the APCs were produced and supplied by an indigenous company based in Nigeria. The Permanent Secretary described the consideration for contracting local manufacturers to produce the new APCs as a welcomed development. He added that it would save the nation a lot of money, c reate employment and reduce over reliance on foreign currency. In his response, the CDS thanked the Minister of Defence and pledged to put the carriers to optimum and judicious use. He added that the machines would definitely boost the ongoing operations to rid the country of insecurity. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Dangote Cement offers free Malaria treatment In Edo

The Dangote Cement Plc (DCP) on Thursday began its malaria intervention programme for host communities at Okpella, Etsako East Local Government Area of Edo State as part of its Corporate Social Responsibility. Group Head of Sustainability, DCP, Dr Igazeuma Okoroba, said the campaign was in commemoration of the World Malaria Day and to advance the Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3 of the UN. “As we observe, a significant portion of the population lacks access to vital healthcare services. Dangote Cement PLC aims to bridge this gap by addressing disparities in our host communities. “We believe that healthy people are the foundation for healthy economies, and for this reason, countries are taking decisive actions to counteract health challenges. Our target for this campaign is Edo State. “According to the United Nations, efforts to combat infectious diseases like HIV, TB and malaria improved between 2000 and 2015; however, progress has since slowed,” she said. According to her, Dangote Cement’s response to this situation is to join the world in “accelerating the fight against malaria for a more equitable world.” She said that the event was aimed at engaging the communities, make health accessible and addressing malaria risk factors as well as the company CSR programme. While calling on the people to participate actively in the two-day activities, she commended the Edo state Ministry of Health and partners for their collaboration in making this programme successful. Speaking at the ceremony, the Coordinator Sustainability DCP, Okpella, Sunday Adondua, said the programme was aimed at reducing incidence of malaria to as low as possible in the company’s host communities. Adodua, a General Manager, Training and Development, added: “If the people use what we gave them in terms of drugs and mosquitos nets, we will chase malaria out of the communities. “The essence of this programme is to make life more meaningful for the people of our host communities who are vulnerable in terms of finance and resources endowm ent to afford good medical establishments for treatment. “So, we are bringing the treatment to them right in their homes. We want to reach as many people as possible, we start today, and it is continuing tomorrow. So those who heard the news of today’s event will come tomorrow. Even if 2,000, 5000 and 10,000 people visit us, they will get treatment. “Dangote has a robust CSR programme for host communities, we have been doing this every year. Last year we have our sustainability week and at Okpella community we established a library with 10 laptops and internet connectivity for the community. The donation would be done next week.” Speaking, Mr Victor Ojeifo, Director Community Health Service, in charge of Malaria Elimination Programme, Primary Healthcare Development Agency, Etsako East Local Government Area, commended Dangote Cement for the medical outreach. “This is what we have been expecting to see when we preach to nongovernmental organization to try to attend to the vulnerable who can’t afford to buy drugs. He called on communities to complement the Dangote programme by clearing bushes and stagnant water in their areas as part of efforts in eradicating malaria. A beneficiary, Mrs Adiza Aliu, who was treated, said the programme has given her the opportunity to attend to her health without spending money. “I was diagnosed of malaria. They gave me drugs and mosquito net. They asked me to be sleeping under the net to prevent malaria. Look at the drugs they gave me. I didn’t pay any money.” Another beneficiary, Innocent Valetina, Dangote is God-sent to alleviate their suffering concerning health challenges. “Drugs are expensive and not everybody can afford drug now but with this programme, we got free test, drugs and mosquito nets for ourselves and children. God should continue to bless Dangote. On her part. Mrs Adiza Sedu, said she was happy to be among the beneficiaries of the free malaria treatment. She added: “I was screened, I don’t have malaria, but they said my blood pressure is high. They gave m e drugs and mosquito net and advise me to always go to the health centre to check.” Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Jailbreak: FG to fortify correctional centres-Interior Minister

The Minister of Interior, Dr Olubunmi Tunji-Ojo, has reaffirmed the Federal Government’s commitment toward fortifying the nation’s correctional centres against any external attack. The minister, who made this known during an inspection tour of Kuje Correctional Centre on Thursday in Abuja, stated that it was the resolve of the present administration to prioritise the fortification to forestall jailbreaks. Tunji-Ojo expressed delight about the ongoing rehabilitation work at the centre, which he described as a mark of seriousness on the part of any determined and serious government. “Compared to the last time when we came here and compare it with what is on ground now, no doubt it will go a long way to forestall any nature of external attack on this facility. “As you can see, the perimeter fencing is completed as well as the solar fittings on both sides of the fence to illuminate the facility for additional security. “So, basically, it’s not just about Kuje alone but it will be replicated to other correcti onal centres across the country. “Recall that in 2022 when this centre was attacked, everybody acknowledged the extent of the damage to our pride as Nigerians. “So, when we came on board, and since the former administration had already conceived the idea of fortifying the nation’s correctional centres, we immediately prioritised it. According to him, with President Bola Tinubu’s intervention fund, it enables us to achieve this feat so far. As you can see, am happy to tell you that about nine of our correctional centres are under rehabilitation right now. He expressed optimism that in no distant time, Kuje correctional centre would witness a complete turnaround that would be a model to others. “This is a pointer to the fact that the President cares about the security of Nigerians, about the inmates and making correctional centres correctional in nature and not condemnation centres. In a similar development, the minister, who also took a tour of the Federal Fire Service (FFS) Academy, promised to build th e best and the most sophisticated fire academy in West Africa. This, he said, was to enable the service give the best training to its personnel to meet with the ever changing dynamics in fire fighting globally. “By the grace of God, on May 28, we will be having the ground breaking ceremony here with the completion period of just one year to be delivered. “We are bringing down lots of projects here and we are erecting modern fire academy that can be compared to the best you can get anywhere in the world. “As I always say, fire service is not just a profession or choice; it’s a mandatory profession that we must all encourage in our society. “This is because; the first priority of any government is to secure lives and property of its citizens. And you know one of the biggest threats to security of lives and property is fire. “Obviously, fire service is not just about fire, is about rescue service being the first render in case of any emergency,“he Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Wike cautions Apo Village traders against protesting without following due process

The Minister of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Mr Nyesom Wike, has cautioned traders in Apo Mechanic Village against arbitrary protests without following due process. Wike gave the warning while responding to the traders, who besieged the entrance of the FCT Administration Secretariat in Abuja on Thursday. The traders had explained that the protest was to push the minister to sign the 2015 lease agreement with the FCTA to enable them to move to their permanent site at Wassa District. Wike, who described the action as attempted intimidation, berated the protesting traders for not writing to his office to discuss the delay in implementing the lease agreement. The minister said that there was no basis for the protest, alleging it might have been sponsored by unknown persons. “Is this the way you support the government by barricading the road and obstruction of traffic without informing me of anything? “You never wrote to me that you want to see me, and we refuse to see you. Then what you will do is to wake up in the morning, barricade the road, barricade the gate and then you are saying you are supporting me? “Then I don’t need your support. “What I don’t like is intimidation. If you have a problem, channel your problem to me and if I don’t solve it, then you can take another step,” the visibly furious minister said. Wike pointed out that the lease agreement was entered into in 2015, adding that ministers have come and gone without the traders taking any step until now. He asked the traders to go back and follow the due process to solve the problem. “What you should do is write that you want to see me, then we will sit down and talk. I am not one of those ones anyone will come and intimidate. “Barricading the road is what I don’t like. People coming to tarnish the image of government is not right when we can sit and dialogue. “If the government had promised to give you land then I will look at the papers,” he said. Earlier, the Chairman of the traders’ association, Mr Chimezie Ife, said his memb ers were tired of waiting since 2006 to be allocated their permanent business environment, alleging that they have spent over N100 million. Ife explained the old Apo Mechanic Village was demolished in 2006, adding that the traders were promised a permanent location which never came. He further said that the traders applied for land in 2011 but it was still not allocated despite the incurred expenses. According to him, the protest was organised with the hope that Wike will help to address the lingering issue. Source: News Agency of Nigeria

The Renowned Port City of Ningbo Reopened the Window for International Exchanges with Unveiled Ningbo International Communication Center

Ningbo, a famous port city in China, has added a window for foreign exchanges. Ningbo International Communication Center was unveiled on May 8, 2024. Video congratulations were also sent by Irina Bokova, former Director-General of UNESCO; Georgios Papandreou, former Prime Minister of Greece; Long Yongtu, former Secretary-General of the Boao Forum; Maitre Khalid EL Fataoui, President of the Moroccan Chinese Association for Cultural and Economic Revitalization. Over 200 Chinese and foreign guests, including Evandro Carvalho, recipient of the Chinese Government Friendship Award and Director of the Research Collective for Brazil-China Studies; Vincent Lemarchand, Honorary Citizen of Ningbo and president of the Rouen-Ningbo Friendship Committee, have attended the event. Ningbo has always been an open city that connects China with the outside world. As a richly cultured “National Historical and Cultural City” and the “East Asian Cultural Capital”, Ningbo has more than 8,000 years of accumulation of heritage, bapti sm of culture, and edification of civilization, making the unique marine culture, culture of Wang Yangming’s theories, book collection culture and other genes deeply rooted in the city’s bloodline. As a famous port city, Ningbo Zhoushan Port has ranked first in the world in cargo throughput for 15 consecutive years. The newly unveiled Ningbo International Communication Center will focus on “NB-PLUS”, serve foreign exchanges, cultivate foreign exchange industries, and promote the integration of industrial chains, innovation chains, and production chains. At the unveiling ceremony, the “Opportunity China · Dialogue with World” platform was launched. More than 150 Chinese-foreign cultural exchange activities in 12 categories such as performances, books, exhibitions, and archives are planned to be carried out during the year. The exchange program “Read China · New Youth” is launched, including “Young Foreigners touring in Zhejiang”, “Travelling with the Young”, “Inviting the Young to the Practice”, “The Petrel Y outh to the Rural Area”, etc., will link more than 30 countries and regions such as the United States, Britain, Germany, Central and Eastern Europe, building a platform for exchanges and interaction between young people from Ningbo and overseas. Professor Jon Garibaldi, Provost of University of Nottingham Ningbo China, said: “This is a great opportunity for both China and the UK. At present, we have cooperated with China to establish a campus and carry out teaching. I would like to take the advantage of this opportunity to allow us both to have more research and cooperation in the future. This opportunity allows me to see a very bright future.” Contact Person: Zhou Fangjia Tel: 0086-13968380517 Email: Source: News Agency of Nigeria

Nigeria, Saudi Arabia boost bilateral relations for trade, agriculture, economic growth

The Federal Government of Nigeria and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia have pledged to improve bilateral relations, particularly in agriculture, trade and economic opportunities. This commitment was reaffirmed during a meeting between a delegation from Saudi Arabia, led by its Minister of Environment, Water, and Agriculture, Abdulrahman Alfadley, and Nigerian officials on Thursday in Abuja. The Nigerian delegation was led by Minister of Agriculture and Food Security, Senator Abubakar Kyari, Minister of Water Resources and Sanitation, Prof. Joseph Utsev and the Minister of Budget and Economic Planning, Sen. Abubakar Bagudu. The Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum, Gov. Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq of Kwara, was also present. Kyari said that Nigeria had abundant agricultural potential and investment opportunities. He said efforts were being made to boost food production for both domestic consumption and export to strengthen the economy. He said the meeting aimed to strategically harness the opportunities, follow ing discussions between President Bola Tinubu and the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia. Utsev, who highlighted the importance of water for irrigated agriculture, said that Nigeria was happy with the partnership and willing to provide all that was needed to enhance food production. Utsev expressed optimism that the partnership would also benefit Nigeria in the area of sanitation and hygiene sector. On his part, Abdulrazaq affirmed the readiness of Nigerian governors to allocate lands for agricultural purposes, emphasising the potential for domestic consumption and export. In his remarks, Bagudu, said the partnership would benefit the two countries especially in the areas of economic development and job creation. Alfadley echoed the commitment to strengthening bilateral relations, focusing on areas of comparative advantage such as agriculture, investment, and job creation. Business community representatives also participated in the meeting, contributing to the dialogue on enhancing bilateral cooperation. So urce: News Agency of Nigeria