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Led by the City of Tartu, future solutions of Estonian healthcare were presented at the Dubai EXPO

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Seminar Photo: Emilija Popovic

1 February / The Estonian health business delegation met at Dubai EXPO with representatives from the United Arab Emirates (UAE) Ministry of Health and Prevention and the Abu Dhabi Department of Health to discuss opportunities for cooperation. The meetings took place within the framework of the health technology fairs Arab Health and Medlab 2022, during which a business seminar aimed at the future of health solutions and integration was also held in the EXPO Estonia pavilion.

‘Similar to Estonia, one of the important goals of the health care system in the United Arab Emirates is the personal prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of diseases. A common element definitely shared with Estonia is establishing a nationwide genome project and implementing digital health care opportunities to create a better system,’ commented Dr. Peeter Padrik, CEO of Antegenes, on the opportunities existing between the two countries.

Estonian Ambassador to the United Arab Emirates Jaan Reinhold said that innovations in the Estonian health care system have attracted considerable attention in the UAE. ‘For example, the collection and processing of genetic data, technological approaches to assessing the genetic predisposition to disease and the digitalisation of the health system as a whole. This shows Estonia’s potential not only in terms of the exporting of services and new medical technology solutions to the UAE, but also more broadly in the field of medical research and development.’ Reinhold explained.

At the meeting, it was found that co-operation between the two countries in mapping genetic data and digitizing the entire health care system requires significant reinforcement, with an agreement on specific follow-up activities needing to be reached. ‘We have generated a great deal of interest in mutual cooperation at the highest level,’ said Jaanus Pikani, head of the business delegation and Member of the Management Board of Tartu Biotechnology Park.

Tartu company Solis BioDyne participated in the Medlab 2022 fair and, according to the company’s representatives, interest in Estonian companies was very high. ‘Medlab is an event of significant importance for us, bringing together key people and companies from both the Arab world and neighbouring countries. Together, we can make genetics work even better for people,’ confirmed Stephan Goldenbaum, CEO of Solis BioDyne.

Next year, Estonian companies are planning to participate with a joint stand at health technology fairs.

The business seminar, held on 31 January, was titled Digital Nation. Personalized Solutions for Healthcare & Wellbeing, and was organized by the City of Tartu in cooperation with the company Antegenes. Taking part in the seminar and other events in the field were representatives of Antegenes, Asper Biogene, Tervisetehnoloogiate Arenduskeskus AS, Connected Health Cluster, DocuMental, Institute of Genomics at the University of Tartu, Migrevention, Nordwise Biotech, Solis BioDyne, Tartu Biotechnology Park, and Triumf Health.

The participation of the health delegation was supported by the City of Tartu and the Connected Health Estonia Cluster, as well as the Embassy of Abu Dhabi and the Dubai office of Enterprise Estonia. The World’s Fair will be open in Dubai until the end of March 2022.

Last changed 01.02.2022