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MENADNA And Nebula Genomics Enter New Partnership

The venture will offer Whole Genome Sequencing in Jordan, Oman, and Iraq, with Saudi Arabia to follow.

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MENADNA, a leading bioinformatics and genetic testing startup focused in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region, has announced a new commercial partnership with Nebula Genomics, a trailblazer in personalized genome sequencing. The high-level collaboration sees MENADNA added as an exclusive partner of Nebula Genomics in Jordan, Oman, and Iraq, with plans already in place for further expansion into Saudi Arabia in the near future.

The partnership will cover an extra 56 million people across the region, and by leveraging the advanced sequencing technologies of Nebula Genomics, MENADNA hopes to expand and upgrade its proprietary bioinformatics platform for what has historically been an underserved region.

The MENA represents a very diverse genetic landscape but is currently underrepresented in global genome-wide association studies (GWAS), which predominantly feature European ancestries. The collaboration aims to contribute valuable data from the region’s population, enriching global genetic databases and advancing local research.

Dr. Bassam El Fahmawi, CEO of MENADNA, shared his vision and enthusiasm for the partnership: “Our collaboration with Nebula Genomics is a game-changer for genomic testing in Jordan, Oman, and Iraq. By combining Nebula’s state-of-the-art sequencing technology with our specialized bioinformatics pipeline, we can provide more accurate, region-specific genomic insights. This is crucial, as less than 2% of genomic data available today comes from the region despite its rich genetic diversity. Our joint efforts will not only enhance patient care but also significantly contribute to the global understanding of genetic variations and their impact on health”.

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Jason Karkus, President of Nebula Genomics, also commented: “Nebula Genomics, a global pioneer in Whole Genome Sequencing, is pleased to partner with MENADNA, bringing our cutting edge, low-cost technology to Jordan, Oman, and Iraq. This is an exciting partnership, which we believe will lead to a substantial business relationship between our companies. Our combined expertise in Whole Genome Sequencing, proprietary reporting, bioinformatics, and large-scale distribution in the region, make us a perfect match for this strategic partnership”.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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