Saudi Arabia’s National Biotechnology Strategy to transform the Kingdom

In its pursuit of economic diversification and biotech industry leadership, Saudi Arabia has taken a major step forward with the National Biotechnology Strategy.

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Saudi Arabia recently rolled out its ambitious National Biotechnology Strategy. This move, spearheaded by Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, is set to elevate the Kingdom to a biotech leader in the Middle East by 2030 and a global hub by 2040. Anchored in Vision 2030, the strategy leverages Saudi Arabia’s unique resources, including its strong capital base, large market, and dedicated government support. It emphasizes four key areas: innovative vaccine development, biomanufacturing, genomics, and agricultural biotech advancements.

This strategy emerged partly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, highlighting the need for advanced vaccine technologies. A significant focus is on developing local biomanufacturing capabilities, with the goal of making Saudi Arabia a biotech beacon in the MENA region and around the world. Genomics, the next frontier in medicine, is also a crucial part of this plan, with the goal of leading the region in genetic research and improving health outcomes.

In addition to healthcare and biopharma, the strategy aims to bolster food security by optimizing agricultural practices through biotechnology. This move will reduce food import dependence and boost domestic production. The strategy is more than just a scientific leap. It’s a plan to enhance the wellbeing of Saudi citizens, spur economic growth, create skilled jobs, and attract new investments. With initiatives set to overcome challenges in talent, funding, and infrastructure, the strategy aims to unify efforts, creating 11,000 jobs and contributing significantly to the Kingdom’s non-oil GDP.

The National Biotechnology Strategy marks a pivotal step in Saudi Arabia’s journey to diversify its economy and establish itself as a leader in the global biotech industry.

Source: ALARABIYA News

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