Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Acting Director General for the Ministry of Health Officially Inaugurates State-of-the-Art Nucleotide Laboratory Complex at DuBiotech
Dr. Al Darmaki inaugurated the complex in the presence of DuBiotech Director of Business Development Marwan Abdulaziz, as well as top officials and representatives from many of the leading life sciences companies that have set up operations at DuBiotech.
Comprising 'A, C, T and G' wings, the Nucleotide Laboratory Complex has been named after the four basic building blocks of nucleic acids, the main components of genetic material.
Dr. Al Darmaki also unveiled the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification Plaque that was awarded in recognition of the laboratory’s green building credentials – the first such building in the Middle East.
Abdulaziz said: “We are honoured to receive Dr. Al Darmaki at DuBiotech to inaugurate the complex. As the region’s first and premier free zone dedicated to the life sciences industry, we have invested significantly in infrastructure facilities to offer customised solutions that meet industry requirements.
“In line with our mission to become the major life sciences hub in the Middle East, DuBiotech has rapidly grown into a community of 70 biotechnology, pharmaceutical, laboratory equipments companies and testing laboratories, including global leaders such as Pfizer, Amgen, Merck Serono and Genzyme.”
The Nucleotide Laboratory Complex is designed to house biotech, life sciences and pharmaceutical activities ranging from research and development, diagnostic, analytical and equipment training activities. Its core and shell lab space can accommodate up to 160 laboratory units that are designed to meet Class III of Bio-safety Standards/ Guidelines.
Abdulaziz added: “The environmental and financial benefits of a LEED-certified building include energy efficiency and water savings, improved air thermal and acoustic environments and lower operating costs that contribute significantly to employee productivity, reduce harmful greenhouse gasses and ensure a healthy workplace.”
Launched under the directive of Dubai’s leadership, DuBiotech will eventually expand to include 25 warehouse facilities for manufacturing and distribution activities and office space in a landmark Bio-Headquarters building. Business centres for companies seeking to test the market prior to extending their commitment in the free zone are also on offer in addition to land available for new manufacturing plants and logistic platforms.