COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) – Texas A&M University and Celltex are now partnering with Saudi Arabia to support a multi-year research study investigating therapies for Alzheimer’s disease.
Saudi Arabian officials say they want to diversify the country’s economy by transitioning from an oil and gas-only focus into the biotechnology industry.
This partnership is an investment that will support the research at Texas A&M. It is also part of Saudi Arabia’s National Industrial Development and Logistic Program (NILDP), which aims to use stem cells in diminishing or curing those with Alzheimer’s.
“Many of the failures that have gone on in trying to conquer something like this with Alzheimer’s has been with drugs,” said David Eller of Celltex. “We are hopeful that the use of stem cells and exosomes have a different approach to this.”
Texas A&M officials say they hope that this partnership will expand in the future into other areas beyond the medical field.