Saudi Arabian patients with traumatic spinal injuries look set to benefit from state-of-the-art technology after Abdul Latif Jameel signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Japanese company, Cyberdyne Inc.
The MoU covers Cyberdyne’s cybernics therapy and its Hybrid Assistive Limb (HAL) – a robotic technology that can improve, support and enhance patients’ mobility. It was signed by Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel, Chairman and CEO of Abdul Latif Jameel, and Dr. Yoshiyuki Sankai, President and CEO of Cyberdyne Inc.
Mohammed Abdul Latif Jameel said: “Thanks to advances in medicine and technology, patients should be able to lead better quality lives after suffering major spinal injuries. Cyberdyne are at the forefront of developing highly advanced medical technology, and the MoU will bring this technology to patients in Saudi Arabia.
Patients at Abdul Latif Jameel Hospital in Jeddah will be the first to have access to the technology. It is due to be rolled out across Saudi Arabia at a later date. In 2015, more than 13,000 people suffered traumatic spinal injuries in Saudi Arabia.