What is Inara?

Inara is the biobank of the Equine Veterinary Medical Center (EVMC), a member of Qatar Foundation.

Biobanking is the process of collecting samples that are cryopreserved. These preserved samples become a valuable resource for improving our understanding of health and disease.

Inara focuses on the extraction, preservation, long-term storage, and future retrieval of samples. The sequencing of the equine genome in 2009 has allowed scientists to better understand the relationship between domesticated horse breeds, and to identify and study inherited diseases within the Arabian horse, as well as other horse breeds.

The goal of establishing Inara is
to contribute to four main areas


Conservation of valuable
genetic information of
Arabian horses






Storage of


A treatment to repair, regenerate and restore the function of tissues damaged by injury, disease, or age. Conditions that can be treated include ligament, tendon, cartilage, and bone disease among others.

Stem cell therapy is a leading treatment in the regenerative medicine field. Stem cells are master cells that are unspecialized and have the ability to replicate and differentiate into many cell types.


Inara is an advanced precision medicine system that preserves stem cells for the lifetime of your horse and allows rapid supply when required.

The success of treatment is highly dependent on the time between injury and therapy delivered. Having a readily available repository of samples ensures the horse recives optimum treatment.

How does Inara work?


  • Collection & Processing
  • 5-year storage
  • 10-year storage
  • Lifetime storage
  • Injection
  • Collection & Processing
  • 5-year storage
  • 10-year storage
  • Lifetime storage
  • Injection
  • Collection & Processing
  • 5-year storage
  • 10-year storage
  • Lifetime storage
  • 2 Injection

25% discount for 3 or more horses sampled


Samples of biological materials such as blood, urine, saliva and semen or tissue samples may be taken from your animal. These samples will then be processed according to strict regulatory standards in the Equine Veterinary Medical Center (EVMC) laboratory, to extract DNA and other cells and stored in Inara for future use, for the benefit of your animal. Information on your animal, including age, weight, diet, blood type and underlying medical conditions will also be stored in Inara.

In addition to the above, stem cells may also be extracted from your animal. Stem cell therapy is a leading treatment in the regenerative medicine field and is offered by EVMC. It is a treatment used to repair, regenerate and restore the function of tissues damaged by injury, disease or age. Stem cells are master cells that are unspecialized and have the ability to replicate and differentiate into many cell types. If you choose to select this service, the EVMC team will extract stem cells from your animal from one of the following sources:

  1. Blood
  2. Umbilical cord
  3. Bone marrow

Inara preserves the stem cells for the lifetime of your animal and allows a rapid supply when required. This supply of stem cells is then used to develop precision medicine treatments, specifically for your animal.

EVMC understands that our valued customers would like to safeguard the future of many of their animals. For this reason, when Inara packages are purchased for 3 or more animals within 90 days, a generous discount of 25% is applied to the price per animal.

EVMC technicians or veterinarians are permitted, upon prior notice to you, the owner, to perform the required veterinary procedures on the animals to collect or reinject the samples. The collection and reinjection procedures present minimal risk, but on very rare occasions there is a very small risk of bruising or infection from the procedures.

In such circumstances, EVMC technicians or veterinarians will treat any adverse events which have resulted from the sample collection/reinjection processes.

Further information on the methods used for sample collection/reinjection will be provided to you by an EVMC veterinarian prior to the procedure and informed consent will be sought.

As well as samples, clinical and personal data is also stored in Inara. The risks surrounding the use of your animal's data are minimal and the Inara team have put strict measures in place to ensure the complete confidentiality of all data stored in Inara, see, 'How can I be sure my sample information and associated information will remain confidential?'

EVMC invites you to book an appointment to bring your animal to the EVMC hospital for sample collection or reinjection. EVMC veterinarians will undertake the minimally invasive procedures at the state-of-the art EVMC hospital. To book an appointment, please contact EVMC on +974 4454 0004 or email us on evmc@qf.org.qa.

Our address is:

Equine Veterinary Medical Center

Al Shaqab Street

Education City, Gate 9,


Our location is here: https://goo.gl/maps/h7QjNUyi5DiKWbt36

Alternatively, EVMC veterinarians can visit your premises for sample collection or reinjection. Please contact EVMC to arrange a visit.

With your consent, samples stored in Inara may be used for research that will be conducted to help develop new drugs, genetic tests, treatments, and to create public health strategies that will benefit animals. Many different types of research may be done with your samples. Some studies will do genetic research which will look at your animal's DNA and genes, including an examination of genetic variants. Inara will play a pivotal role in helping to better understand, prevent diagnose and treat diseases that affect animals, both locally and around the world.

All research groups that wish to use samples from Inara must apply through the EVMC Research & Education department and will require approval from EVMC’s research ethics committee and any other relevant local and statutory approvals. The credentials, standing, reputation and research study protocols will be carefully considered before authorizing the use of Inara stored samples for research. The release of Inara stored samples and associated data is strictly regulated.

By providing consent for your animal's samples to be used for research purposes, you allow your animal's anonymized personal information and samples to be used for a variety of future medical research approved by an ethics committee, but which cannot be specified at the present time.

Please note an ample supply of your animal’s samples will always be retained in storage in Inara for its own therapeutic/ treatment purposes.

Inara is under the governance of strict internal EVMC and Qatar Foundation (QF) policies to ensure the safe and proper usage of the system. All Inara employees have signed confidentiality and impartiality agreements to protect and safeguard patient information, samples and associated data. In addition to this, Inara adheres to strict policies to ensure compliance with the relevant regulations outlined by the Ministry of Public Health (MOPH). The MOPH provides guidance to licensed facilities by issuing standards to which facilities must ensure compliance to.

EVMC may publish, or authorize others to publish, the findings of research acquired from the use of your samples for the benefit of the animal industry, veterinary medicine, and other interested groups. To protect the privacy of your animal, their personal information will be coded. “Coded” means that the information will be stripped of any direct or indirect identifiers, which will be replaced by a numerical code. A list that links the coded information with your identity will be kept secure, to allow for the re-identification in certain circumstances.

The unique code will enable us to link the information from different data sets to your animal, but at the same time, will enable us to keep their identity confidential when we share their data with other researchers to use. While study information could be printed in journals or shared with other people at scientific meetings or for teaching purposes, it will not be possible to identify your animal. Their identity will be kept confidential.

In most circumstances, researchers do not share the results of their research with individual participants. The results of the research may be published in the public domain and you may be able to access this information. However, information on your animal will be kept confidential and your animal will be unidentifiable in the research publication.

If it is determined that the research results from your sample are outside of the accepted norms and have medical significance to your animal's care, then the Inara team may contact you to give you these results. Some of the results we give you may help your animals healthcare providers understand more about your animals health. The results may be used by your healthcare provider to amend your animal’s regular care plan. It is important to note that that the biobank research effort is not a substitute for your animals regular care. The results of the research done using your animals samples should be reviewed in the context of their overall health, and you should not make any changes to your animals care or medicines until you talk to a healthcare provider.

Participation in the research aspect of Inara is entirely voluntary. You may refuse to participate with no penalty. If you have already agreed to participate, you may choose to discontinue at any time, again with no penalty. If you wish to withdraw your animal’s sample from research purposes, please contact EVMC on evmc@qf.org.qa or +974 4454 0004.

The investigators, physicians or research sponsors may also cease to use your animal’s sample at any time should they deem it unfit for the research study or for any other reason. They can do this without your consent.

Researchers who would like to access samples in Inara that have already been approved for research, may do so by applying to EVMC’s research ethics committee. Applications will be carefully considered by the committee including the credentials of the investigators, reputation of the research institution, the status of other applicable approvals including local and national research approvals and information on the proposed research study

For more information on how to apply and the associated fees for the ethics review, please contact the EVMC research ethics committee, IACUC (Institutional Animal Care and Use Committee), on evmcresearch@qf.org.qa or phone on +974 4454 7392.

To find out more information about EVMC’s Inara, please reach out to us on:

Email: evmc@qf.org.qa

Tel: +974 4454 0004

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