From Arab to American scientists, Saudi Arabia and the US have been a crossroads of science and creativity in the world of healthcare innovation. Both regions share many common interests and increasingly interdependent economies.The Saudi International Healthcare Forum will be looking to the future by defining an agenda, based on real objectives, for continued healthcare innovations, with a bilateral and international focus on:
With the success of the inaugural Saudi-American Healthcare Forum held during the 27th – 29th of April 2015, with over 1,000 attendees participating, and with more than 70 high-level speakers from both the private and public sectors, and 30 international exhibitors, the outcome is due in great part to the support from our sponsors.
Going forward in 2016, education/training, technology and innovation are key forum elements on which to build together our partnership with our sponsors.This will enable us to identify the answers we need to many of today's pressing healthcare challenges. Hence, it makes perfect sense to tackle these challenges jointly, and to bring our healthcare systems, physicians, scientists and entrepreneurs together so they can explore the solutions to provide the cures we need. Therefore, the Saudi International Healthcare Forum will have a knowledge-sharing component to its individual agenda.
Specifically, the forum will highlight the need to couple ingenuity and creativity with science and technology, resulting in business-to-business opportunities on an international level.
There is also a strong economic rationale to work together: investing in and cooperating on healthcare research and innovation promotes growth and jobs, and improves people’s lives across both regions as well as across global markets, which is testimony to the importance of holding the forum. With the Saudi-American Healthcare Forum 2015, the cooperation between our regions took a major step forward with participation from the public sector, including: HRH Prince Faisal bin Bandar, Governor of Riyadh; H.E Minister of Health, the U.S. Department of State, the U.S. Embassy, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC); and, of course, from the private sector with our important sponsors like the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.