Pfizer to train KSU pharmacy students

Updated 16 July 2018

Pfizer to train KSU pharmacy students

In collaboration with King Saud University, Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd. has announced the organization of an extensive training course on Monday and Tuesday for students from the university’s College of Pharmacy. The course is part of many programs organized by Pfizer in cooperation with different Saudi universities with the objective to contribute to developing and qualifying Saudi students as well as enhancing their pharmaceutical skills. The programs come within the company’s efforts to effectively participate in the realization of the objectives of Vision 2030.
The training course will be offered by international experts and specialists from Pfizer with the aim to develop this vital sector in the Kingdom.
General Manager of Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd., Dr. Alaa Abdul Ghani explained that the course intends to empower Saudi pharmacy students and enrich them with practical and scientific experience that can enable them to work in the pharmaceutical sector and contribute to building their communities and nation. “At Pfizer we have used practical methods to express our commitment toward the Saudi community as well as our vision to contribute to the realization of Vision 2030, which is particularly concerned with employing Saudi youth. In this context, we launched this program to collaborate with colleges of pharmacy across the Kingdom,” he added.
Dean of the College of Pharmacy at King Saud University, Dr. Aws bin Ibrahim Al-Shamsan expressed his appreciation to Pfizer for taking the initiative by organizing this course and inviting international experts to enrich the Kingdom’s pharmaceutical industry by transferring their knowledge to Saudi students. He revealed that this program is the first of more pharmaceutical training programs to come in cooperation with different partners and sectors.
In early 2017, Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd. opened its new integrated plant at King Abdullah Economic City with an investment value exceeding $50 million. The plant aims to manufacture Pfizer products locally and transfer expertise, technologies, and trained personnel to the Kingdom. The new plant contributes to the provision of medications for different categories of patients, and also creates the opportunity to develop industrial expertise and qualify local competencies to manufacture drugs inside the Kingdom.
Pfizer Saudi Arabia Ltd., which falls under its parent company located in the US, has been operating in the Kingdom since the 1960s.


MITEF Saudi Arabia announces semifinalists

Updated 13 January 2021

MITEF Saudi Arabia announces semifinalists

The MITEF Saudi Arabia, a program of the global network of MIT Enterprise Forum, in collaboration with Bab Rizq Jameel, recently announced the semifinalists in the competition’s three tracks: Startups, Ideas, and Social Enterprises. The competition will be holding its closing ceremony virtually on March 6 under the patronage of Abdullah A. Al-Swaha, minister of communications and information technology.

The Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) will be represented by Deputy Minister of Communications and Information Technology for Future Jobs and Digital Entrepreneurship Dr. Ahmed Altheneyan.

The semifinalists were selected by a jury composed of 100 business and academic experts from all over the world, who evaluated more than 500 projects against the competition criteria, which are creativity, potential to expand and the positive impact on the community.

The second round of judging will be held on Feb. 20 to announce the names of the finalists (27 teams). The third round will be held on March 3, after the virtual briefing sessions and the business accelerator from Jan. 9 to Feb. 13. A Startup Investment Forum will be held on March 4, 5 and 6.

Bayan Alghamdi, head of entrepreneurship programs and MITEF Saudi at Community Jameel, said: “This year, the MITEF Saudi Arabia competition saw remarkable progress in terms of the quality of entries in various categories and fields, including e-commerce, education technologies, consumer services, productivity applications, in addition to digital technologies and healthcare.

“The competition is organized in line with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 to support small and medium enterprises. The total number of applicants since the launch of the competition in 2015 has reached more than 8,500 participants from all over Saudi Arabia, thanks to the support of all governmental and private companies. Despite the hard times we have gone through this year due to the global pandemic, entrepreneurs were able to overcome this challenge with a lot of creativity and innovation that contributed to curbing this pandemic, and we wish all the best for participants and good luck to the semifinalists.”

To qualify for the competition, applicants must present an innovative project that is scalable and capable of making a positive impact on the community.

The Saudi startups that qualified for the semifinals of the 5th MITEF Saudi Startup Competition are: Jirah, Nugttah, Grintafy, Future Platform, Winch, Meeza, Hudhud AI, LOGEXA, Linkers IoT, Tafeyette Inc., Spider Connect, Shgardi, BashQash, PhysioHome, and Hesba.

Semifinalists in the Ideas track included 15 teams: Genomez, Hydrojeen, Sawty, Estidama, Hakawati Game, Carissimi, Msaha, Themar, Qawam, SARsat, Aquash, Mthmr, White Helmet, Harreef, and Vending Machine Layer.