RTI International has won a contract to develop scientific and regulatory standards for a new biotechnology center in the Middle East.

The Dubai Biotechnology and Research Park is being built in the United Arab Emirates.

“We’re excited to be helping an organization like DuBiotech set the stage for world-class research and development,” said Adam Saffer, executive vice president of strategic planning at RTI. “As the founding tenant of the Research Triangle Park, we’re looking forward to the opportunity to share our knowledge and expertise to help establish DuBiotech as one of the leading research and development zones in the Middle East.”

DuBiotech, as the center is known, plans to focus on regional health and environmental issues. Its first tenants are expected to be in operation by the end of this year.

Under the one-year contract, RTI will help establish operational criteria and practices that meet internationally recognized standards as well as UAE law and Islamic law and customs.

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