17th Jul 2018

Dubai Science Park Launches Knowledge Exchange Platform to Enhance Dubai’s Healthcare Sector

Dubai Science Park (DSP), a science-focused business community, has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with OPEN Health, a communications and market access firm, Synapse Medical Services, a healthcare service provider, and Connect Communications, a strategic healthcare communications company, to launch the healthcare networking platform Advance Health.

The platform converges key stakeholders in the healthcare sector in Dubai. Providing access to information, educational events and networking opportunities, Advance Health ultimately aims to improve patient outcomes in the UAE.

The agreement was signed by Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Managing Director of DSP, Sahar Samara, Managing Director of OPEN Health Dubai, Thom Soutter, Business Development Director at Synapse Medical Services, and Marcus Corander, Managing Director of Connect Communications.

Speaking on the agreement, Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi said: “Our latest MoU and the resulting launch of Advance Health underscores our continued commitment to developing the local healthcare sector for the benefit of Dubai’s residents. This new initiative cements DSP’s leading role as a convening platform that brings together various stakeholders from the government, academia and industry to exchange information while serving as a catalyst for dialogue, creativity and innovation.”

For her part, Sahar Samara said: “It is still early days, but it has been rewarding to see the overwhelmingly positive response and engagement from different professionals across the healthcare sectors, reinforcing the need for such an initiative. We want to make a difference, and we look forward to collaborating with key opinion leaders to promote dialogue that can help foster clinical excellence, and enhance the overall patient wellbeing and experience.”

Meanwhile, Thom Soutter said: “We want Advance Health to serve the entire healthcare community and hope that reflects in the variety of the founding members. We seek to create a first-of-its-kind healthcare platform in Dubai that members can feel part of. We wish for engagement, feedback and new business opportunities to become a regular part of this initiative, and look forward to growing Advance Health together.”

Marcus Corander added: “We are really excited to have launched this collaborative initiative to connect and engage with stakeholders from across the healthcare ecosystem in order to educate and facilitate knowledge exchange. The Advance Health networking sessions will highlight key topics in healthcare, and ultimately serve to improve healthcare services and patient outcomes.”

The MoU is part of a series of recent agreements signed by DSP that currently hosts more than 350 companies and 3,600 industry professionals. The partnerships aim to enhance the local life sciences, healthcare, energy and environment sectors.