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Virgin Health Bank and Shafallah Medical Genetics Center Sign Memorandum of Understanding


Doha, Qatar – November 9, 2010 – The Managing Director of Shafallah Medical Genetics Center, Dr. Hatem El-Shanti, and the Chief Executive Officer of Virgin Health Bank, Dr. Rajan Jethwa, signed a Memorandum of Understanding today. The agreement forms a framework from which initiatives will be developed that benefit the families affected by inherited disorders in Qatar and support the continued development of both organisations and the people working within them.

Under the agreement Virgin Health Bank and Shafallah Medical Genetics Center will design and implement educational initiatives that improve awareness about stem cells and the specific inherited genetic diseases that are prevalent in Qatar. Also covered by the agreement will be the creation of stem cell banking services and educational programmes specifically designed to meet the needs of families who are under the care and advice of the Shafallah Medical Genetics Center.

Both organisations will make their specialist technical and scientific capabilities available to support the development of each other’s work and establish a mutual exchange of training services for their personnel.

Commenting on the signing of the agreement Dr. Rajan Jethwa said “Signing this agreement with the Shafallah Medical Genetics Center is a major step for us here in Qatar. We have the support from the public sector at HMC and the private sector as being the stem cell bank of choice. Now, we are being endorsed by one of the most prestigious and respected not-for-profit healthcare institutions in the region. Our values at Virgin Health Bank are perfectly aligned with those of SMGC and we are very excited about developing our futures together, for the benefit of the local population in Qatar.”

Dr. Hatem El-Shanti was quoted as saying, “We are very pleased to partner with Virgin Health Bank as we are certain that our joint efforts will lead to many positive changes in the field of cord blood banking and transplantation in Qatar and the region.”