SFDA conference draws 200 companies, 20,000 visitors

The event, which ran from Sept. 30 until Oct. 2 at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition center, attracted 20,000 visitors from 35 countries.
Updated 05 October 2019

SFDA conference draws 200 companies, 20,000 visitors

The third Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) Annual Conference and Exhibition 2019 concluded recently. The event was held under the sponsorship of Minister of Health Dr. Tawfiq bin Fawzan Al-Rabiah and SFDA CEO Dr. Hisham Al-Jadhey. 

More than 200 companies and 80 international exhibitors representing a total of 3,500 brands participated in the exhibition. This included the participation of 20 countries and 220 investors from countries such as Denmark, Pakistan, India, Jordan, Bangladesh, Australia and Sudan.

The event, which ran from Sept. 30 until Oct. 2 at the Riyadh International Convention & Exhibition center, attracted 20,000 visitors from 35 countries. 

The conference presented 68 scientific workshops in addition to discussion sessions, during which 120 speakers specializing in different disciplines participated.

Al-Jadhey said that the scientific program presented this year aims to activate the role of the consumer in protecting society, in line with the objectives of the SFDA.

Mazen Al-Ismail, chairman of the organizing committee, credited the partnership between the public and private sectors for the success of the event.

“What distinguishes this year’s conference from the previous years is the huge media coverage, which in turn contributes to its marketing globally, and in increasing the number of local and international participation,” he added.

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

Updated 20 January 2020

AbbVie spotlights pharma sector at KAU workshop

In partnership with AbbVie, a global biopharmaceutical company, King Abdul Aziz University (KAU) hosted an educational workshop to encourage more of its students to enter pharmaceutical careers after graduation. The workshop offered unique insights into the scientific role of a pharmacist to more than 100 male and female students from the university. 

Dr. Hani Asfour, dean of the College of Pharmacy at KAU, said: “It was a rewarding experience to see our students participate in this workshop for the first time. With the support of AbbVie, our students were able to learn more about the promising careers which await them in the pharmaceutical sector. They are now extremely eager and excited about their future prospects. I look forward to seeing what the future holds for them.” 

Ashraf Daoud, general manager of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “At AbbVie, we are proud to continue investing in the Saudi national pharmacists of tomorrow. Through our many partnerships with local universities, such as KAU, we are highly dedicated to supporting the Kingdom’s goals, as expressed in Vision 2030, and helping our aspiring Saudi pharmacists in reaching their full potential.” 

The workshop covered topics such as an overview of the pharmaceutical industry landscape, the importance of the medical representative role, key marketing concepts in pharma, as well as tips and advice on how to write a CV and prepare for interviews. Students also had the opportunity to speak to the AbbVie in-field team of pharmacists who answered their career questions and queries.

Khaled Fageha, HR director of AbbVie in Saudi Arabia, said: “As a global pharmaceutical company, there is an ever-growing need to attract the brightest Saudi talent and increase the talent pool of pharmacists. There is so much potential in the Kingdom, which we are always striving to unlock at AbbVie. Through initiatives like this, we are able to equip students across Saudi Arabia with the tools and knowledge to help them thrive in the health care industry, as well as ignite their passion for a career in pharmacy.”

Students said they found the workshop informative. “I’ve always been passionate about a role in pharmacy, but I was a bit unsure about what awaits after graduation. Thanks to this workshop, I was able to hear about the exciting prospects of working at a pharmaceutical company, such as AbbVie. I was able to ask all my questions, and now I am excited to continue working hard so I can begin my journey as a pharmacist,” said Sondos Alkhthlan, a student.

Another student, Nawaf Alharthi said: “This was an engaging workshop which has cemented my interest in becoming a pharmacist after graduating from KAU.”