Saudi PPPP Exhibition 2018 attracts over 12,400 visitors

Updated 08 February 2018
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Saudi PPPP Exhibition 2018 attracts over 12,400 visitors

The 15th edition of the Saudi Plastics and Petrochemicals and the Saudi Printing & Packaging (Saudi PPPP) Exhibition, one of the largest industrial conglomerates in the field of plastics, petrochemicals, printing and packaging in the region, concluded after four successful days of activities. More than 425 local and international exhibitors from 26 countries took part in the event at the Riyadh International Convention and Exhibition Center.
The exhibition, considered one of the major industrial shows in the GCC, saw numerous deals signed between exhibitors and other companies operating in Saudi Arabia.
Saudi PPP attracted a total of 12,480 visitors, including industrialists, consumers, specialists and scientists from around the world.
The exhibition featured a number of engaging activities for visitors interested in the petrochemicals and plastics sector, including several workshops, including “Exporting for the Growth of your Business,” organized by the Saudi Export Development Authority. This included an overview of exports and their importance in business development, and also covered important tips and tools for exporters.
The four-day exhibition also featured discussions on advanced technologies, sustainability in the petrochemical industry, and innovations in printing.
In addition to participating in the exhibition, technical experts from Saudi Basic Industries Corporation (SABIC) also conducted a series of workshops on the advantages of the solutions they offer and presented a detailed explanation of their new initiative “NUSANED” — which was launched earlier this year in partnership with a number of government agencies and the private sector in order to achieve SABIC’S localization agenda and to help local industry development
Mohammed Al-Sheikh, marketing manager of Riyadh Exhibitions Company Ltd., which organized the event, praised the success of the exhibition, which was aligned with the growth of the petrochemical sector in Saudi Arabia, noting the increasing interest in the exhibition year on year.
He added: “The exhibition presented participating companies with the opportunity to showcase their products and innovations in the petrochemicals, plastics, printing and packaging sectors, and to strengthen communication channels between exhibitors and other players in the petrochemical and printing industries.
Having said that, we believe this exhibition falls in line with the income diversification strategy and the growth of the industrial sector witnessed by the country, and contributes toward achieving the Kingdom’s Vision 2030.”


New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

Updated 25 September 2018
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New J-Clinic to harness machine learning tech

MIT and Community Jameel, the social enterprise organization founded and chaired by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel ‘78, launched the Abdul Latif Jameel Clinic for Machine Learning in Health (J-Clinic) on Tuesday. This is the fourth major collaborative effort between MIT and Community Jameel.
J-Clinic, a key part of the MIT Quest for Intelligence, will focus on developing machine learning technologies to revolutionize the prevention, detection, and treatment of disease. It will concentrate on creating and commercializing high-precision, affordable, and scalable machine learning technologies in areas of health care ranging from diagnostics to pharmaceuticals, with three main areas of focus:
l Preventative medicine methods and technologies with the potential to change the course of non-infectious disease by stopping it in its tracks.
l Cost-effective diagnostic tests that may be able to both detect and alleviate health problems.
l Drug discovery and development to enable faster and cheaper discovery, development, and manufacture of new pharmaceuticals, particularly those targeted for individually customized therapies.
J-Clinic’s holistic approach will utilize MIT’s expertise in cellular and medical biology, computer science, engineering, and the social sciences, among other areas.
“The health care system has no shortage of data,” said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “But it has far too little access to the kinds of tools and experts who can translate population-level data into clinical insights that could make it possible to tune care precisely for individuals. Building on MIT’s deep expertise in fields from cancer to neuroscience, and our longstanding connections to Boston’s world-class medical community, J-Clinic offers an accelerated path to creating new technologies that could help make health care more effective everywhere — from villages in developing nations to major teaching hospitals.”
“The J-Clinic will positively impact the world by accelerating the creation of machine learning technologies and algorithms that will make preventing, detecting, and treating disease more precise, affordable, and personalized,” said Anantha P. Chandrakasan, dean of the MIT School of Engineering, and Vannevar Bush, professor of electrical engineering and computer science, who will serve as J-Clinic’s chair. “It will be a truly multifaceted effort that amplifies synergies between the life sciences and the latest research in human and machine intelligence. J-Clinic will inspire innovation for the betterment of humanity.”
“Channeling MIT’s machine learning expertise into health care will transform medical outcomes for people around the world,” said Fady Jameel, president of Community Jameel International. “Health care has been an important sphere of activity for Community Jameel since our earliest days, from founding the first nonprofit hospital for physical rehabilitation in Saudi Arabia, to partnering with the King Salman Center for Disability Research. J-Clinic continues our journey of supporting cutting-edge research and driving innovation in health care, in Saudi Arabia and around the whole world.”