Nairobi, 9th March 2017—An early stage innovator and scientists from the University of Cambridge, UK and the BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi visited BioInnovate Africa Offices at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (icipe), Nairobi, Kenya.
The team, comprising of Peter Davenport and Raghd Rostom, and accompanied by Julius Osaso from BecA-ILRI Hub in Nairobi, were exploring opportunities to develop and promote a new type of open source paper-based diagnostic technology for identifying, for example, crop and livestock diseases, as well as environmental pollutants (e.g. heavy metals) in eastern Africa. The cell-free paper-based diagnostics technology would need to be able to allow low-cost, in-field tests with a wide range of possible specificities. The team met with BioInnovate staff (Julius Ecuru and Shira Mukiibi), and icipe senior scientists (Dan Masiga and Vincent Owino).
“From a market and business perspective, it is crucial to develop appropriate business models that target specific users at a regional scale while considering key aspects of localisation, to enhance profitability and create economies of scale”, noted Dr Ecuru.