Mr.Habtamu Abafoge,founder of Simbona Africa attended the conference for simbona’s neonatal healthcare technology innovations.

This call aims at selecting scientists or entrepreneurs (Fellows) from ANDI Centers of Excellence (CoEs) with promising project opportunities, to benefit from a 3-day training workshop, taught by ANDI, Emory faculty and experts in the field.  The training focuses on processes that support the progression of technologies from laboratory to market, including Business Development, Intellectual Property Management and Licensing  in Africa


As part of the initiative – a project based training workshop for African scientists and entrepreneurs has been concluded in Johannesburg (27-29 July, 2016). The workshop was based on 7 promising projects from across Africa and was attended by over 20 Scientists and entrepreneurs from Six African countries (Cameroon, Ethiopia, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, and South Africa) as well as Emory University and Georgia Tech students from Atlanta Georgia.

Photo: Team from Africa and EMORY Business School ,USA.

AHIA conference to bring African scientists, students together to focus on healthcare

For a third year, Advancing Healthcare Innovation in Africa will be hosting its annual conference in Johannesburg, South Africa in early July.

As a partnership between Emory University, the African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation, or ANDI, and Bio Ventures for Global Health, AHIA aims to reduce morbidity and mortality in Africa by advising, educating and training African scientists who have new health innovation and technologies in the business and legal aspects of the healthcare sector.

The conference brings together African scientists, healthcare corporations, entrepreneurs and innovators, as well as Emory students, to learn best practices in bringing new healthcare innovations to the market.

“The conference acts as a meeting ground for the intersection of innovative healthcare ideas,” Morgan Kathleen Bullock 19FTMBA said. “Attendees care about the growing population of Africa and want to prevent the diseases that are endemic — and sometimes treatable — to the continent. Participants have an idea or a skill that can be shared with other participants that could lead to solutions in providing healthcare to Africans.”

Bullock is just one of several students with backgrounds in entrepreneurship, healthcare, business, social science and more planning to attend the conference. In the past two years, more than 30 scientists and entrepreneurs representing 10 African countries, including Cameroon, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Nigeria, Tunisia, South Africa and Uganda have attended the conference. Additionally, two dozen students from Emory University and the Georgia Institute of Technology have also attended.

“At the conference, I will be assigned to an innovation team with other students and scientists to develop a framework around a specific scientist’s innovation idea,” Bullock said. “The teams will receive guidance from seasoned professionals in an intimate setting as well as during interactive sessions, workshops and panels.”


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