The partnership between MBRSC and IDDK is a significant step in bringing the global scientific community closer, ushering in a new era of space biotechnology.
Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Centre (MBRSC) and Japans IDDK, a biotechnology firm, have signed a strategic Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to enhance international collaboration and innovation in space science. The partnership aims to promote IDDK’s advanced microscopic observation technology and other services to the UAEs scientific community and beyond.
The MoU was signed on the sidelines of the recent meeting between Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE and Ruler of Abu Dhabi, and Fumio Kishida, Prime Minister of Japan. The agreement was signed by Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General, MBRSC and Soichiro Ueno, CEO, IDDK during the UAE-Japan Business Forum.
Commenting on the agreement, Salem Humaid AlMarri, Director General, MBRSC, said: “This partnership represents our commitment to foster innovation and drive forward the UAE’s position as a global player in space exploration and technology. By promoting advanced biotechnology for space missions, we are not only strengthening the scientific capabilities of the UAE but also creating a platform for international collaboration that transcends borders. This MoU is also a testament to the shared vision between the UAE and Japan in unlocking the full potential of space science, with far-reaching implications for humanity.”
Under the terms of the MoU, both entities will work towards fostering a commercial market for IDDK’s services in the UAE, with IDDK assisting scientists to transform their research ideas and life science experiments into space missions, develop experimental modules to perform the space experiment, and secure in-space manufacturing platforms with commercially driven safe re-entry capability from space.
The potential project further promises to bring new opportunities for the UAEs scientists and researchers to explore and contribute to space science while cementing the countrys status as a hub of space exploration and technology.