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Bahrain’s Labour Fund “Tamkeen” has provided support to ExpressMed Laboratories, a pathology laboratory that provides services to hospitals, clinics, private practices, and research facilities. Through this support, the laboratory aims to expand its Bahraini workforce and provide 19 training and 25 employment opportunities to local talent. The laboratory will include a training center for advanced laboratory technologies and plans to host international conferences for interested stakeholders in the Kingdom and abroad.

The Managing Director at ExpressMed Laboratories, Mr. Kadhem Alkhenaizi, expressed his excitement, stating: “We are delighted to provide critical laboratory solutions and open new horizons to the this highly emerging sector. Through Tamkeen’s support we will be able to expand our operations, employ more local talent, and facilitate the training and development of Bahrainis that are interested in joining this field.”  The laboratory is also undergoing a rebranding and repositioning process and will soon become ExpressMed Diagnostics and Research.

ExpressMed Laboratories is the first laboratory in Bahrain to offer advanced laboratory services, with accreditation from the College of American Pathologists and the National Health Regulatory Authority. The laboratory has a growing customer base both in the GCC and internationally, providing services such as histopathology/cytopathology, renal pathology, dermatopathology, molecular pathology, genetics, electron microscopy, research services, and COVID-19 PCR testing services.

The private healthcare sector in Bahrain employs 2% of the total workforce and contributes 1.5% towards the Kingdom’s GDP. The expansion of healthcare facilities and new private healthcare clinics are in response to the growing population and rising need for specialized healthcare.

Her Excellency Ms. Maha Mofeez, Chief Executive of the Labour Fund “Tamkeen”, commented: “Our support for ExpressMed Laboratories comes as part of our strategic direction to support all sectors while incentivizing key economic sectors, which includes the rapidly growing healthcare industry. We are eager to see the advanced technological changes that will be brought forward by ExpressMed Laboratories, and its impact on upskilling and creating employment opportunities for local talent.”

This partnership is part of Tamkeen’s initiatives to support the employment and wage increments for Bahraini doctors, with the aim of increasing economic participation and providing training aligned with labor market needs in new and emerging skills.