The agreement aims to advance life sciences across three ‘strategic pillars’ including clinical and translational research, capacity building and technology transfer and commercialisation.
Leveraging the Emirate's advanced genomics capabilities, it will also expand research into the domain of genomic medicine and prioritised global genetic diseases in areas such as rare diseases, oncology, neurology, as well as cardiovascular and metabolic diseases.
In addition, the partnership hopes to enhance access to innovative solutions and treatments for patients in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and beyond.
The research collaboration will focus on analysing whole genome sequencing data of the Emirati Genome Programme – the world's largest genomics programme – and on translational studies to develop novel therapies such as gene therapies and other effective interventions.
Both parties will also explore opportunities to establish joint laboratories and genetic screening programmes in Abu Dhabi to support the discovery of genomic solutions that address international health challenges and needs.
Dr. Asma Ibrahim Al Mannaei, executive director of research and innovation centre at Abu Dhabi’s Department of Health, said: "Our collaboration with iCGD reaffirms our deep commitment to improving people's lives in the UAE and beyond.”
“By leveraging the Emirate's advanced infrastructure, we seek to boost clinical research and advance gene therapy to improve healthcare outcomes today and for generations to come. Abu Dhabi continues to set the stage for a future driven by innovation and technology, reinforcing its position as a leading destination for healthcare and life science."
Dr. Paul Anderson, interim chief academic officer at Mass General Brigham, added: "Mass General Brigham is at the global forefront of scientific innovation and medical progress. Genomic medicine is a pivotal focus for us, serving to translate ground-breaking scientific advances into actionable diagnostics and treatments.”
“Through our research collaboration with the Abu Dhabi Department of Health we intend to leverage our collective knowledge, experience, and expertise to further advance biomedical science and enhance public health. Our iCGD provides an excellent platform to achieve this goal."