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Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, Gulf Scientific Corporation launch pharmacogenomic pilot study


DUBAI, 19th October, 2022 (WAM) -- Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital and Gulf Scientific Corporation (GSC) today announced the launch of a pharmacogenomic pilot study to assess if therapeutic plans can be modified based on paediatric patients’ genetic information, to lead to better clinical outcomes, in terms of both efficacy and safety.

Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, the first and only dedicated children’s hospital in the UAE, is at the forefront of pediatric genomic medicine, and will work with Gulf Scientific Corporation (GSC), a UAE based company committed to providing laboratories with innovative solutions and best-in-class services to improve patients’ quality of life and analytical outcomes.

The purpose of the study is to correlate therapeutic drug responses with pharmacogenetic (PGx) information in previously treated patients with chronic disorders.

The study will enrol approximately 200 patients receiving their medical care at Al Jalila Children’s Hospital, and the collected DNA samples will be analysed at Al Jalila Children’s Genomics Center using the PharmacoScan solution and ThermoFisher’s GeneTitan high-throughput system. GSC will provide the systems and reagents as part of the partnership.

Dr. Ahmad Abou Tayoun, Director of the Genomics Centre of Excellence, Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, said, “Al Jalila Genomics Centre of Excellence is determined to bring the latest genomic technologies and applications to better diagnose, manage, and treat patients in the Middle East. The field of pharmacogenomics has recently been expanding, and clinicians at premier healthcare institutions have been utilising patients’ genetic information to guide personalized drug regimens for better clinical outcomes.

“In this pilot study, we will explore the role of pharmacogenomic markers on patients’ responses to certain medications and drug doses. In this process, we will also educate clinicians about the emerging role of pharmacogenomics in clinical practice. The ultimate goal will be to inform future plans to implement routine pharmacogenomic testing in clinical settings,” he added.

Dr. Omar Alsokhni, Director of the Pharmacy Department, Al Jalila Children’s Specialty Hospital, commented, “Findings of this study will provide guidance for a future approach to initiating a personalised medication plan that is more effective and safer on an individual level rather than using a common conventional treatment regimen”.

Gulf Scientific Corporation CEO noted, “Developed in collaboration with experts in the field of pharmacogenomics at ThermoFisher Scientific in the USA, PharmacoScan solution is the industry’s broadest content genetic analysis system specifically designed to understand how genetic variations affect drug absorption and to provide insights into the absorption, distribution, metabolism, excretion (ADME) and the transport of commonly prescribed medicines.

Gulf Scientific Corporation and ThermoFisher Scientific have demonstrated over the years their unwavering commitment to the establishment and development of the scientific community across the Gulf Cooperation Council," he further said.

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