Success for Saudi inventors at tech event in Moscow

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Dr. Raed bin Khaled Qarmali meets award-winning Saudi innovators. (SPA)
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Dr. Raed bin Khaled Qarmali meets award-winning Saudi innovators. (SPA)
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Dr. Raed bin Khaled Qarmali meets award-winning Saudi innovators. (SPA)
Updated 31 March 2019

Success for Saudi inventors at tech event in Moscow

Success for Saudi inventors at tech event in Moscow
  • Dr. Raed bin Khaled Qarmali: “Saudi Arabia is full of distinguished and capable innovators”

MOSCOW: Saudi Ambassador to Russia Dr. Raed bin Khaled Qarmali on Friday met award-winning Saudi innovators at the closing ceremony of Archimedes, the 22nd Moscow International Inventions and Innovative Technology Salon.
“The Kingdom is full of distinguished and capable innovators,” he said.
Hamad Al-Yami received a gold Archimedes medal and a special prize from the German Innovators Union and the Iraqi Society of Inventors and Innovators for his invention, which makes use of nanotechnology.
Dr. Hind Abdul Ghaffar also received a gold medal, in addition to a special prize from the Romanian Inventors Forum, while Ayed Al-Subaie was awarded a gold medal and a special prize from the Moroccan Union of Inventors and a silver medal from the Iraqi Society of Inventors and Innovators.
Maram Al-Qahtani, Samia Al-Shahri, Dr. Ghada Al-Qahtani, Reem Al-Zahrani and Zahra Qaysi were presented with silver Archimedes medals.
Fatima Al-Otaibi received a bronze Archimedes medal, as did Mariam Al-Qahtani, who also received a gold medal from the Indonesian Innovation and Invention Promotion Association.


Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials
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Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials

Saudi Arabia’s first COVID-19 vaccine set for clinical trials
  • It will go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority

RIYADH: Preclinical studies on the first Saudi vaccine against COVID-19 have been completed.

Professor of epidemiology Dr. Iman Almansour, who heads the team of researchers working on the vaccine at the Institute for Research and Medical Consultations (IRMC), affiliated with Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University (IAU), confirmed to Arab News on Friday that the studies were complete, and said clinical trials would begin as soon as “the proper approvals” had been given.

She did not specify when that is expected to happen.

The Ministry of Education is financing the team’s project. The team’s research paper has been published in the peer-reviewed journal Pharmaceuticals.

According to the published paper, the vaccine has so far proven effective, when used on animals, in eliciting antibodies that will target the virus. “The vaccine is given to the body to build protein inside cells, which stimulate the body to produce immunity specific to the S antigen,” Dr. Almansour explained.

Dr. Turki Almugaiteeb, director of Healthcare and Life Sciences at RPD Innovations, which runs the National Vaccine and Biomanufacturing Center, told Arab News: “There is a great focus on the results of medical research because of the pandemic. Research can play a great role in developing a vaccine that can be adopted and further developed in the future. We can say that the Kingdom has a strong infrastructure, which can help produce and manufacture a national vaccine.”

Both Almugaiteeb and Almansour stressed that the experimental vaccine will need to go through rigorous testing and several trial stages before it is approved for use by the Saudi Food and Drug Authority.

Prof. Nasser Al-Aqeeli, the deputy minister of education for research and innovation, said the ministry supported programs at the Kingdom’s universities with more than SR500 million ($133.3 million) in 2020.