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Healthcare Drive sees Dubai Science Park attract leading global companies in 2020

More than 400 companies and 4,000 professionals are based in Dubai Science Park today, after a global push to bolster healthcare systems served as a catalyst to join the business district.

Dozens of biotech, pharmaceutical, healthcare firms joined the region’s leading science hub in 2020 Existing business partners expanded presence by opening a new regional headquarters in Dubai Science Park The park supports startups, entrepreneurs, and multinationals across the sciences, environmental, and energy sectors

More than 400 companies and 4,000 professionals are based in Dubai Science Park today, after a global push to bolster healthcare systems served as a catalyst for biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and life sciences leaders to join the business district.

Top global companies joined Dubai Science Park, the region’s leading science and healthcare-focused business district, last year as the importance of science, technology, and medical innovation came to the fore. Many existing business partners also expanded their presence, opening new offices and innovation centers to develop new products as Dubai reinforced its position as an attractive destination for healthcare-focused companies.

New businesses at Dubai’s top science district include New York Stock Exchange-listed biotechnology multinational Biogen, which makes neurological disease treatments; Dubai-based DGrade, the first bottle-to-yarn manufacturing company to make clothes out of plastic waste; and Indian’s largest biopharmaceutical company, Biocon, which has a presence in more than 120 countries, employs over 12,000 staff, and develops medicine to treat diabetes, cancer, and autoimmune diseases. 

Dubai: A hub for scientific talent

In addition to a raft of new companies, existing business partners including Germany’s life sciences leader Bayer expanded its presence by opening a new regional headquarters in Dubai Science Park. Bayer’s office design incorporates new ways of working founded on what it dubs an ‘activity-based-work set-up’. This underlying conceptual approach aims to set new benchmarks in workplace organization, productivity, efficiency, and wellbeing.

Meanwhile, US-based IFF opened earlier this year a new creation, application, and innovation center for its Taste, Food & Beverage division in Dubai Science Park, to drive further growth in Africa, Middle East, Turkey, and India (AMETI). The state-of-the-art 1,400m2 creative facility services companies within the AMETI region by offering innovative flavors, savory solutions, juice-based compounds, inclusions, colors, and food protection solutions. The new lab is supporting both the creation and application needs of all key categories, including snacks, beverages, savory, sweet, and dairy. The creative center also includes a sensory facility, as well as an analytical lab. In line with the company’s focus on sustainability, the facility is GOLD LEED certified. 

With IFF’s investment in the Dubai Creative Center, the company is reaching a key milestone in bringing a stronger emphasis on these exciting markets and providing enhanced and locally relevant support for the customers and to better meet their present and future needs.

In addition to many local and regional players, more than 60 leading global biotechnology, healthcare, life sciences, pharmaceutical, and light manufacturing companies established a presence in Dubai Science Park last year, increasing the total number of business partners to more than 400.

Marwan Abdulaziz Janahi, Managing Director of Dubai Science Park, said: “The remarkable international response to this extraordinarily challenging year has reminded all of us that science matters. It took less than a year to vaccinate the first person after the virus’s genetic sequence was made public, and this will go down as a historic moment for pharmaceutical innovation. In Dubai Science Park, our business partners have been at the heart of the region’s response to the pandemic, providing cutting-edge testing and disinfection services. We have continued to take great strides forward in our scientific achievements and I am delighted to be home to more than 400 leading companies and 4,000 professionals.”

He added: “With a renewed sense of hope as the region shifts its focus to growth, scientific innovation will play an increasingly critical role in the UAE’s knowledge-based economy. By providing a business-friendly environment with state-of-the-art infrastructure, sustainable laboratories, light industrial units, and favorable rules and regulations, we have created a holistic ecosystem to support startups, entrepreneurs, and multinational corporations operating across the sciences, environmental, and energy sectors. Inspired by the UAE’s visionary leadership, we are optimistic this year.”

Boosting the UAE’s Response and Recovery

Established in 2005, Dubai Science Park is a vibrant business district home to leading local and international institutions including the UAE Ministry of Health and Prevention, Pfizer, Medtronic, Olympus, and Mettler Toledo.

Many of these companies played a critical role in the UAE’s efforts to mitigate the impact of COVID-19, with companies such as Alliance Global supplying hundreds of thousands of PCR test kits across Africa, the Middle East, and Central Asia.

As part of its commitment to supporting the community last year, Dubai Science Park continued to host a regular series of panel discussions and talks on topics ranging from mental health and well-being to clinical research and COVID-19.