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Mohammed Bin Zayed attends lecture on life sciences and future of global economy

posted on 08/09/2010: 1103 views



H.H General Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces attended on Monday a lecture by world renowned thinker Juan Enriquez, who shone light on the profound changes that genomics and other life sciences will cause in business, technology, politics, economy and society in future.

Ruler's Representative in the Western Region H.H Sheikh Hamdan Bin Zayed Al Nahyan also attended the lecture, which was the last in a series of Ramadan lectures hosted at the Majlis of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Zayed. A number of thinkers, corporate leaders, religious scholars and academicians had given lectures during the holy month of Ramadan at the Majlis.

A broad thinker who studies the intersection of science, business and society, Juan Enriquez is known for his talent for bridging disciplines to build a coherent look ahead.

Enriquez was the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project, and has published widely on topics from the technical (global nucleotide data flow) to the sociological (gene research and national competitiveness), and was a member of Celera Genomics founder Craig Venter's marine-based team to collect genetic data from the world's oceans.

He is a Managing Director at Excel Medical Ventures, a life sciences venture capital firm, and the chair and CEO of Biotechonomy, a research and investment firm helping to fund new genomics firms.

Enriquez hailed the renaissance in the UAE and its openness to other cultures. He also commented the vibrant cultural scene in the country.

In his lecture, Enriquez also mentioned the valuable contribution by Islamic scholars to various branches of science playing paramount role in the development of contemporary science and technology.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Interior H.H Lt.General Sheikh Saif Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research Sheikh Nahyan Bin Mubarak Al Nahyan, FNC Speaker Abdul Aziz Abdullah Al Ghurair, a number of Sheikhs, Ministers , senior officials, academicians, diplomats and other invitees also attended the lecture. â€" Emirates News Agency, WAM

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