UAE’s openness to 
all cultures hailed

ABU DHABI — Juan Enriquez, the founding director of the Harvard Business School Life Sciences Project gave a lecture on the profound changes that genomics and other life sciences will cause in future, in Abu Dhabi.

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Published: Thu 9 Sep 2010, 12:27 AM

Last updated: Mon 6 Apr 2015, 4:39 PM

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.

General Shaikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, attended the lecture along with other Shaikhs at his majilis.

Enriquez 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. —

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