Conference on landscape of clinical trial industry held

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The Al-Shifa Research Centre on Thursday hosted the 2nd International Research Conference titled “Landscape of Clinical Trials in Pakistan”, focusing on collaboration and integration for the rise of the clinical trial industry in Pakistan.

The conferences purpose, held at Al-Shifa Eye Hospital Rawalpindi, was to provide a comprehensive forum for experts and participants from the industry to exchange ideas and present a way forward for the promotion of clinical trial research in Pakistan. Director at the International Center for Chemical and Biological Sciences (ICCBS) Karachi Dr Muhammad IqbalChoudharyhighlighted the importance of promotion of the clinical trial industry which will lead to the development of the indigenous pharmaceutical sector and innovative medical devices shortly.

He pointed out that instead of being a service provider, “We can be innovators in this field with both economic benefits as well as health sector sustainability for our country.” Dr Iqbal said that China had adopted the same model, particularly in its fight against the Covid-19 pandemic. President Al Shifa Trust Eye Hospital Maj Gen (R) Rehmat Khan shed light on the performances of the Al-Shifa Research Centre and highlighted the implication of clinical trials.

He briefed how the trust worked in bringing the clinical trials industry to Pakistan under Dr Ume Sughra. Khan also mentioned services of the trust in recent floods. APP