Startup of the Week: Saudi photo app startup aims to spread ‘joy and happiness’

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Updated 28 January 2020

Startup of the Week: Saudi photo app startup aims to spread ‘joy and happiness’

  • “Beautiful memories can brighten our days when we remember them, so, why don’t we have them around us all the time?

A Saudi startup is aiming to spread “joy and happiness” through its new and innovative photo app. The Sticky app allows users to choose their favorite photo memories and have them delivered ready to stick on any surface without the need for nails and hooks.
Founded by Batool and Wesam Miski and Moayed Al-Shangiti in 2018, the venture makes it easy for people to decorate their homes with photos without using picture-hanging methods that can damage walls.
“It is simple, intuitive and easy to use,” Batool told Arab News. “Using the app is fun for all ages. Users can simply pick photos from their phone, adjust the photo size and then place the order.
“I love photos and art in general, but I hate drilling into walls to hang photos,” she added. “We have an innovative product where we use strong and lightweight material with high-photo quality to decorate and elevate spaces with smart and screwless photos.
“Sticky users can move photos freely between walls without worrying about hammers, screws or damaging walls.”
Batool got the idea for the app while watching an art craft video. “I saw a strong double adhesive sticker for the first time and a light bulb went on in my head and Sticky was born.
“My brother exposed me to app development and design at a young age and our co-founder Moayed is a full stack developer. My love for art and app development makes Sticky the perfect fit for me.”
Sticky prints high-quality photos on a strong and lightweight 3-centimeter-thick black board. “The photos are frameless to give a modern feel to them and they last for years.”
The startup’s female production team puts privacy as a top priority. Once an order arrives via the app, the customer receives a confirmation email and notification of the expected end product.
“When we receive the order, our team inspects the photos to make sure they’re appropriate and then we print the photos and mount them to our specialized boards.
“We don’t apply any effects to the photos once the user sends them and we delete the photos from our servers two weeks after the order date to cut costs and protect user privacy,” she added.
“Beautiful memories can brighten our days when we remember them, so, why don’t we have them around us all the time? The true goal of Sticky is to spread joy and happiness across the globe by printing wonderful memories that last forever.”


Saudi health authorities ready to join trials of COVID-19 vaccines

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Health is working with a different Chinese company to evaluate whether the vaccine it is developing is effective. (REUTERS)
Updated 22 September 2020

Saudi health authorities ready to join trials of COVID-19 vaccines

  • Ministry of Health and King Abdullah International Medical Research Center have been working with two Chinese drug companies

JEDDAH: King Abdullah International Medical Research Center (KAIMRC) in Saudi Arabia is preparing to take part in advanced trials of one or two COVID-19 vaccines.

About 40 potential vaccines are being tested on humans, nine of which are at the advanced stage of clinical trials to evaluate their safety and effectiveness in protecting people against a virus that has infected more than 31 million people around the world.

The center confirmed its readiness to cooperate with the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health and the Saudi Food and Drug Authority (SFDA) and participate in tests of one or two of the nine vaccines that are in the third phase of clinical trials, during which large-scale testing on humans takes place.

Dr. Naif Al-Harbi, the head of KAIMRC’s drug-development unit, told Al-Ekhbariya TV news channel that it is unprecedented to have nine vaccines in stage three of clinical trials so soon, less than a year, after the emergence of a new virus.

“Approval or disapproval of any drug normally follows the third stage of its clinical trials, which is the last stage,” he added. “Since the pandemic, KAIMRC has been in continuous contact with a number of drug companies in four countries (that are developing vaccines).”

KAIMRC has been working with one Chinese pharmaceutical company in particular to help evaluate and accelerate the development of its vaccine, he said.

“Over the past two months, we have been in contact with Sinovac to scientifically evaluate its product, in term of the tests on animals and a study of the results of stages one and two on humans,” Al-Harbi said.

He added that the Kingdom’s Ministry of Health is working with a different Chinese company to evaluate whether the vaccine it is developing is effective. A number of factors are taken into consideration when reaching a conclusion.

“We examine the drugs and make sure they have caused no side effects when tested on humans, or that they just caused insignificant side effects,” said Al-Harbi. “We also look into the manufacturing company’s profile to ensure it follows the standards of the good manufacturing practices, and that the company’s products are consistently produced and controlled according to quality standards.”

He added that SFDA is also doing a great job in ensuring that vaccines are safe, to avoid any risks to the health of people in the Kingdom.

In a message posted on Twitter, KAIMRC said that some countries, such as Russia, China and the UAE, have given doctors the green light to use some vaccines on patients before that have been approved, but only in emergency cases and when the results of early clinical studies indicate that the vaccine is safe.

On Monday, Saudi Arabia announced 27 additional COVID-19-related deaths. The death toll in the country now stands at 4,512.

Meanwhile, 492 new cases have been confirmed in the Kingdom, bringing the total number of people infected by the virus to 330,246. Of those, 14,235 cases remain active and 1,133 patients are in a critical condition.

The Ministry of Health said Makkah recorded the highest number of new cases, with 58, followed by Jeddah with 53, and Madinah with 38.

A further 1,060 people in the Kingdom have recovered from COVID-19, bringing the total number of recoveries to 311,499. A total of 6,093,601 tests for the virus have been carries out in the country, including 43,652 in the past 24 hours.