Award winning teen and medical prodigy confirmed for UAE Innovation Week event


First time in the Middle East – Pioneering Jack Andraka, to inspire and empower young minds

innovation-live-logoDubai, UAE: In his first visit to the Middle East, Jack Andraka, the 19-year old international award-winning inventor of medical methodologies, will take to the stage as one of the inspiring international speakers at the Innovation Live! Summit, held in association with Dubai Chamber, an anchor event of UAE Innovation Week being held in Dubai on 21 November 2016.

Hailed as the “Edison of our Time”, at the age of 15 Andraka, developed a ground-breaking method for detecting the early stages of pancreatic, ovarian and lung cancers. Earning instant international recognition, he went on to receive a number of prestigious awards including the USA’s Jefferson Award in 2014, 1st place winner in the 2014 Siemens awards, “We can change the World Challenge,” the 2012 Smithsonian American Ingenuity Youth Award, and many more. To celebrate his significant contribution to the healthcare system, Jack was also the personal guest of the First Lady, Michelle Obama’s at the 2013 State of the Union Address.

Andraka’s visit to the UAE will prove to be instrumental in the advancement of the healthcare system in the UAE as innovative initiatives in this field have already commenced by government and private stakeholders respectively. With influential entities in healthcare attending the Innovation Live! Summit in November, Andraka will provide valuable insights on next steps in the sector regionally.

“We’re delighted to welcome Jack to Innovation Live! summit. He is an incredibly inspiring and accomplished individual who at such a young age already travels the globe to share his ground breaking innovations, ”said Richard Breeden, CEO of MEED.

He added, “As the awareness for STEM education is on the rise in the UAE, young innovators such as Jack prove to be an asset to the healthcare system at large and will help to pioneer the future of healthcare for the UAE.”

The first Innovation Live! Summit is an official anchor event during UAE Innovation Week being facilitated by MEED  in association with  Dubai Chamber, in partnership with Masdar (Official Sustainable Energy Partner), Federal Transport Authority (Official Transport Partner), Dubai Airport Freezone Authority (Strategic Partner), Hitachi (Social Innovation Partner), Bentley Systems (Platinum Partner), Honeywell (Platinum Partner), Valiant Clinic (Platinum Partner)  Current, powered by GE (Platinum Partner), SAP (Gold Partner), Visa (Gold Partner), Esri (Silver Partner), Wamda (Media Partner), Dubai Eye (Media Partner) and Elevision (Media Partner).

About Innovation Live!:

Innovation Live! is a long term initiative enabling innovation by aligning government and business to address challenges, facilitate change and showcase cutting edge innovation through a multi-platform engagement plan. Innovative Live! is facilitated by MEED, the region’s most trusted source of business intelligence. Along with its sister companies, MEED partners with key government, semi-government and private organisations to create platforms to achieve specific objectives.

Innovation Live! will host its inaugural Innovative Live! Summit on 21 November, 2016 as an official anchor event during the UAE Innovation Week in support of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai’s vision for an innovative, efficient future.