THE AGENDA ON FEBRUARY 23 2021
TIME (UAE ) PROGRAM
5:00 pm – 5:10 pm Get together & Warm-up
5:10 pm – 5:15 pm Welcome address
5:15 pm – 5:25 pm Speech by Dr Assem Al-Hajj
5:25 pm – 5:35 pm Speech by Dr Hector Zenil
5:35 pm – 5:45 pm Signing Ceremony
5:45 pm – 5:55 pm Closing Remarks & Virtual Group Photo
Oxford Immune Algorithmics (OIA) is honoured to announce a new partnership with a major university in the UAE, Khawarizmi International College or KIC, made possible by Dr Assem Al-Hajj, KIC President, Prof. Nabil El Kadhi, Vice President of Academic Affairs, Dr. Hector Zenil, OIA CEO, and Dr. Lionel Khalil, Head of Legal and International Development at OIA.
His excellency, Mr Patrick Moody, UK Ambassador, and several other high-level officers from the local UAE and Abu Dhabi government and the UK embassy, including Pippa Russo, Life Sciences Advisor at the Department for International Trade at the British Embassy in Abu Dhabi, and the Trade Commissioner and Consul-General in Dubai, Mr Simon Penney, confirmed their presence at the virtual ceremony.
OIA’s co-founders, Dr. Hector Zenil and Dr. Jürgen Riedel, together with a dozen of other OIA’s staff members, attended the ceremony with a total of about 40 attendants including local authorities, heads of department and other KIC staff. OIA founder, Dr. Hector Zenil, made a presentation outlining OIA’s future goals, and highlighted how the the two organisations will collaborate. KIC President, Dr. Assem Al Kajj, presented the goals of Khawarizimi and their excitement for working together with OIA.
Founded in 1985, Khawarizmi International College (KIC) is one of the first private higher education institutions in the UAE to be accredited by the Ministry of Education, offering Bachelor and Diploma degrees in Business Administration, IT and Computer Graphic Design, Health and Medical Sciences, and Mass Communication. Over the course of 35 years, the university has graduated more than 11,000 alumni empowered by engaging applied educational experiences to meet the needs of the industry and the community.
It is clear that KIC and OIA are the perfect partners. For those that are not familiar with the story behind our flagship product name Algocyte, the first part of the name comes from Algorithm, which is the latinisation of Al Khawarizmi, the polymath who advanced the field of algorithms, and is also in the name of KIC. ‘Algo’ also means pain from the Greek word “álgos”. And “cyte” in Algocyte is derived from the Greek word “kytos” meaning container or cell.
Two of the main areas taught at KIC are computer sciences, and health and medical sciences, the very topics of interest in our own company. We look forward to a fruitful relationship that will complement both organisations.
One major project that OIA wants to achieve with KIC as a partner is to prove OIA’s technology in space, making it possible for Emirati astronauts to be closely monitored and screened for any health conditions bringing us closer to Star Trek’s medical tricorder technology. OIA’s aim is to have a prototype working at the Mars City near Dubai to help astronauts train using cutting-edge medical technology and then in real space.
The KIC announcement can also be read here.