Lebanon Report

Tech hub partnership with AUB develops novel blood glucose monitoring device

Participants in the partnership between UK Lebanon Tech Hub and the American University of Beirut to develop a novel non-invasive blood glucose-monitoring device.

A partnership between UK Lebanon Tech Hub and the American University of Beirut to develop a first-of-its-kind non-invasive blood glucose-monitoring device is receiving praise for its research and innovation and is being hailed as an optimistic sign of what Lebanon is capable of in its move towards a knowledge economy.

UK Lebanon Tech Hub (UKLTH) announced that it will fund the research and development of ediamond (Electromagnetic Diabetes Monitoring Device): a one of its kind non-invasive blood glucose-monitoring device, which is being developed by the Maroun Semaan faculty of Engineering and Architecture and the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUB).

The partnership was agreed at a formalsigning ceremony in May, which was attended by Nicolas Sehnaoui, Chairman of the board of the UKLTH, Dr Fadlo R. Khuri, President of AUB and Dr Mohamed Harajli, Provost of AUB, in addition to AUB Deans of Medicine and Engineering and Architecture and senior executives.

ediamond is a continuous glucose monitoring wearable device that will enable diabetic patients to check their glucose levels without needing to come into contact with their blood stream, i.e. through conventional methods such as repeatedly pricking their finger with a needle throughout the day. The lead investigators of ediamond are Dr Joseph Costantine and Dr Rouwaida Kanj from the Maroun Semaan Faculty of Engineering and Architecture, and Dr Assaad Eid from the Faculty of Medicine.

Sehnaoui, Chairman of the UK Lebanon Tech Hub, said: The goal ofthis collaboration is to produce a oneof- its-kind non-invasive blood glucose monitoring device that will make monitoring as easy as checking the time of day.

With 15% of the worlds population suffering from diabetes we believe this device, which uses advanced electromagnetic theory, could make a profound difference to the lives of hundreds of millions of people. We hope, in particular, to empower those patients who lack diabetes management capabilities.

President Khuri emphasized the importance of universities as centres of research for innovation and technology start-ups. He said:

One of the most efficient ways to do business is to have the initial ideas come out from the academic institutions. If you look at Silicon Valley, New Jersey, New York, and Pennsylvania, most of the companies have intimate ties with great universities.

The collaboration between the UKLTH and AUB demonstrates UKLTHs commitment to supporting applied research projects through the recently set up International Research Centre (IRC).

The IRC was set up to play a key role in boosting investment in R&D in Lebanon and the wider MENA region, in particular by developing links between universities and entrepreneurs. Arab countries still lag considerably behindother knowledge economies in terms of investment in R&D. According to the UNESCO Institute of Statistics, Arab countries only allocated a maximum of 0.7% of their GDP to R&D whilst EU countries allocated up to 3.2 % and Japan allocated 3.6%.

However, the UKLTH believes Lebanon has great potential to develop a world leading knowledge economy from greater investment in R&D. Lebanon ranks 4th out of 144 countries in mathematics and science education according to the World Economic Forums Global Information Technology Report. Also, more than 11% of the student population study engineering while 9% study computer and information technology. This has led to Lebanon having the highest number of engineers per capita in the world.

Lebanons entrepreneurial ecosystem is developing fast, which is demonstrated by Lebanon ICT sectors 8% annual growth over the last five years and the expansion of the market to US$ 400 million by 2015, according to a recent report by the UK Lebanon Tech Hub. This has helped position Lebanon in the Top 20 entrepreneurial nations of the world in 2015 (Global Entrepreneurship Monitor). At the same time, Lebanon has many universities with dedicated research policies. Based on the most recent QS University Rankings, Lebanon had three universities in the top 20 universities of the Arab region, including the American University of Beirut, whose Faculties of Medicine and Engineering and Architecture are ranked among the top in the MENA region.

Sehnaoui also highlighted how this partnership with AUB is a great platform for further collaborations. He added: We would like to create a direct link between the UKLTH and AUB by connecting our start-ups with AUB students. This will enable the students to gain firsthand knowledge of life at a start-up and hopefully spark their inner entrepreneur. It will also benefit our start-ups by providing them with interns to support their efforts.

We would also like to create a simple incentive programme for professors from around the world to visit AUB as adjunct professors. Part of the programme will include being able to sit on the board of directors of our start-ups to offer valuable advice. This will benefit both parties as it will provide great international experience for the visiting professors, and our start-ups will have the advantage of participating in board meetings.

Sehnaoui also shared his optimism that Lebanon will become a technological hub a few years down the line, saying that he believes in the capabilities of the Lebanese people in terms of innovation and creation.

Its all about the will and the passion, and I am very passionate about this.

We live in fantastic times because of the exponential growth of Information Technology, which opens great possibilities for R&D. We live in fantastic times, we are fantastic people, and AUB is a fantastic university, so we can create fantastic things.

For the past century and a half, the Faculty of Medicine at the American University of Beirut (AUBFM) has been a driver of the historical evolution of medicine in Lebanon and the region. Innovation, initiative, and sheer controlled risk-taking have marked the growth of the Faculty, ever since its humble beginnings one year after the inauguration of the Syrian Protestant College in 1866.

Among AUBFMs more than 4300 graduates are luminaries in every specialty and leaders in many of the researches conducted worldwide. AUBFM remains the premier medical, educational, and research hub in the Middle East and has more recently established itself as a world-class research institution, with an eye toward making an ever-greater difference in the region.

A legacy of 150 years
To mark its tremendous legacy, and with Purpose. Passion. Compassion. as its slogan for the year 2017, AUBFM planned yearlong events composed of medical conferences, distinguished speaker series, national campaigns, basic life support and awareness activities, community outreach events and, of course, alumni chapter celebrations around the world. And perhaps the highlight of these events was The Middle East Medical Assembly (MEMA) which was held in May 2017. Proving to be of great success, MEMA presented the fi rst global congress on confl ict medicine, focusing on the management of confl ict related injuries including, but not limited to, the pathological, psychological, nursing, nephrological, surgical, oncological, and social manifestations of war wounds.

2020 Vision, promise and progress
Launched in 2010, the 2020 Vision is an impactful plan for AUBs Medical Center (AUBMC) and healthcare in Lebanon and the region. The vision has proven to be strategic, with clear goals and intricate implementation processes. Since its launching, it has generated a signifi cant amount of local, regional and global support. To successfully integrate their ambitious plans and programs for growth and expansion, a major facility expansion was proposed for the new AUBMC 2020 Medical Complex.

Seven years after the launching of the vision, AUBMC has achieved signifi cant progress of this unique and health-transforming vision. Throughout the past years, the medical center witnessed the establishment of state-of-the-art buildings, the latest of which is the Halim and Aida Daniel Academic and Clinical Center (ACC), the fi rst facility in the region to focus on patient care, education, and research and which is expected to welcome patients in 2018. In addition, the facility has expanded to include several centers of excellence in oncology, neuroscience, multiple sclerosis, and childrens cancer, as well as new clinical programs, services, and units. The Faculty of Medicine has also been acclaimed for the recruitment of over 150 top-caliber, highly specialized and accomplished physicians and scientists; hence, reversing the brain drain.

Moving forward, AUBMC will soon be launching their New Medical Center Expansion (NMCE) Project. The new building will make available an additional 150 beds, satisfy the need for OR procedures, develop revenue generating uses, and allow for Cancer & Pediatric Hospital development opportunities

The legacy continues
A key aspect for the successful implementation of the AUBMC 2020 Vision is accreditation. AUBMC is the first medical institution in the Middle East to have earned fi ve international accreditations of Joint Commission International (JCI) for the fourth time in a row, Magnet, College of American Pathologists (CAP), Joint Accreditation Committee for EBMT and ISCT Europe (JACIE), and Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education International (ACGME-I). This is testament to its superior standards in patientcentered care, nursing, pathology/ laboratory services, and medical education.

Additionally, it received the honor of the Meritorious Outcomes with the American College of Surgeons National Surgical Quality Improvement Program (ACS NSQIP).

In 2017, AUBMC Food Services Department has also earned the Safety Q Platinum certifi cation (QPA) granted by Boecker Food Safety. To add to its accomplishments, the Nuclear Medicine Division at AUBMC has successfully undergone the International QUANUM Audit by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA), Department of Technical Cooperation, Department of Nuclear Sciences and Applications.

Clemenceau Medical Center provides advanced healthcare in a luxury setting

Clemenceau Medical Center (CMC) is a unique private 160-bed medical center that combines luxury and technology by integrating avant-garde treatment and technology, 5-star luxury setting, a healing environment, a medium for continuous medial education and knowledge transfer, experienced and specialized top professionals, all under one roof. Located in Beirut, Lebanon, CMCs affi liation with Johns Hopkins Medicine and multiple accreditations by Joint Commission International (JCI), enables the medical center to offer its patients superior healthcare services embedded within a culture of excellence and relentless commitment for high quality patient care.

Their aim is to set a new concept in the regional healthcare industry through positioning Clemenceau Medical Center as one of premium quality, providing private medical services that suit different patients needs. The medical services offered by CMC are geared towards attracting patients from Lebanon, the region and the world seeking medical/healthcare assistance with high quality standards.

CMCs mission and the three pillars on which the medical center was built upon are Safety, Caring, and Excellence. Their adherence to patient-centered care revolves around introducing and optimizing new services and medical specialties by implementing the latest medical trends and purchasing the latest medical equipment, so as to ensure superior quality medical services with reasonable global prices to patients, both local and international.

CMC Centers of Excellence include clinical and non-clinical teams and entities providing leadership, best practices, research, support and training for all medical specialties includingNeurosurgery, Womens Center, Digestive Center, Urology & Prostate center, Orthopedic and Spine Center, and Heart Center with the highly advanced TAVI (trans-catheter aortic valve implantation) procedure; state-of-the-art Cancer Center with the most advanced Varian Truebeam radiation therapy; cutting edge truly integrated Operating Theatres with OR1 system, multi-disciplinary OR infrastructure solutions, and the minimally invasive daVinci Robotics Surgical System.

Moreover, CMC is committed to providing a safe and excellent service by developing a culture that is centered on a fi ve-star customer services much like the services that patients expect to see in the hotel industry. CMC goes to great lengths to be sure that their patients feel comfortable and safe during their entire hospital stay. Furthermore, their services refl ect their high-level physicians and healthcare staff, as they are the beating heart of the institution. Hence, CMC targets distinguished physicians practicing abroad to join the center via a rigorous hiring and headhunting process.

Expansion abroad
From world-class medical excellence and elegant surroundings to personalized care and services, Clemenceau Medicine International (CMI) is committed to extending the CMC brand and advancing Clemenceau Medicines mission of patient care both regionally and internationally.

Since 2008, CMI has followed a targeted course of expansion, launching hospitals and medical centers in major regional city centers and destinations around the Middle East, with the aim of being recognized as the organization that manages the fi nest hospitals, diagnostic centers and clinics wherever they are located.

All CMC-affi liated hospitals will have the Clemenceau Medicine culture of international standards and relentless commitment to patient care deeply instilled, from the way they are architecturally designed to the manner in which they are operated and managed. All medical centers will pursue innovation in healthcare and work hard to perfect the healthcare experience though the latest trends and the highest standards of medical services and hospitality.

Currently, they are developing projects in Riyadh and Dubai.

The importance of these hospitals and what sets them apart from the rest of the region is that they operate within the Clemenceau Medicine Network, which is an assimilated network of centers of excellence for clinical and wellness services, innovation, medical education, training and research. The CMI network benefi ts from the expertise of Clemenceau Medical Centers medical, nursing and administrative staff which is characterized by their international expertise through continuous education and exchange of knowledge with Johns Hopkins International.

Lebanese American University Medical Center committed to excellence

Medical Center-Rizk Hospital in Beirut offers its patients and the community a wide range of medical, surgical and diagnostic healthcare services. As the integration with The Gilbert and Rose-Marie Chagoury School of Medicine evolves, and necessary resources are in place, the hospital will operate several Clinical Centers of Excellence.

LAU Medical Center - Rizk Hospital currently operates the following medical departments and divisions: Surgery; Medical Lab, Pathology and Forensic Medicine; Psychiatry; Obstetrics & Gynecology; ENT; Anesthesiology; Internal Medicine; Diagnostic Imaging & Interventional Therapeutics; Ophthalmology; Pediatrics; and Dermatology.

The Lebanese American University Medical Center-Rizk Hospital was originally established in 1925 as a private family-owned clinic. In 1957 the Rizk Hospital was opened and was one of the fi rst modern hospitals in Beirut and all of Lebanon. Over the next several decades, the hospital was expanded with more buildings so that by 1997 it provided a spacious environment for the provision of advanced healthcare.

In 2009, the Rizk family sold the hospital to Medical Care Holding, in which the Lebanese American University (LAU) possesses controlling interests. The hospital was renamed University Medical Center . Rizk Hospital and it now serves as the primary teaching hospital for LAUfs schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Pharmacy.

The hospital provides a wide variety of surgical procedures including bariatric, orthopedic, plastic, transplant and oncological surgery, among others.

The Obs-Gyn department offers a range of services including Gynecologic Oncology, Maternal and Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Medicine and Infertility; and Minimally Invasive Gynecologic Surgery.

In addition to medical and surgical services, LAU Medical Center - Rizk Hospital also offers the following services: Blood bank; Central Laboratory; Eye Center; Pharmacy; Radiology; Sports Medicine and; Physical Therapy.

For more information, visit: www.laumcrh.com


Date of upload: 16th July 2017

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