High-tech SADC: health and agri innovations


SADC innovators are applying big data, artificial intelligence (AI) and other smart technologies in medicine, forensics, farming and diagnostics.

Gift Gana developed the Dr CADx app that scans medical photographs to help radiologists diagnose cancer more efficiently, and with high accuracy. Because radiologists are in short supply in many African regions, the app bridges a key diagnostic gap for the continent.

African biotech initiative promises relief from ARV side effects

Genetic puzzle
A multinational NEPAD SANBio project called GeneDose is using genetic tests to fight the harmful side effects of antiretrovirals. Now starting clinical trials in Zimbabwe, GeneDose will improve patients’ quality of life and make personalised medicine a reality in Africa.

Biosciences Guru receives a Presidential Outstanding Researcher Award

Prof Collen Masimirembwa posing with his awards

Prof Collen Masimirembwa, the President & Chief Executive Officer of the African Institute of Biomedical Science and Technology (AiBST), was awarded “The Robert Gabriel Mugabe Outstanding Research Award” at the 11th Zimbabwe International Research Symposium held in February 2017 at the Rainbow Towers in Harare.

The awards celebrate individuals or group(s) and companies who have done outstanding research in their areas of specialisation and have registered success in employing Research and Development (R&D) or commercialisation of research results in service of Zimbabwe.

Project funded by SANBio/BioFISA II scooped up a Gauteng Acceleration Programme Award

Prof Collen Masimirembwa and Prof Collet Dandara

A project receiving funding from the NEPAD Southern Africa Network for Biosciences / BioFISA II Programme, entitled Gene Dose EFV was awarded the 1st place award in GAP Biosciences/Medical Innovations at the recent Gauteng Acceleration Programme (GAP) event which was held in South Africa Gauteng on 17 November 2016.

Zimbabwe is going places in the field of biosciences

Zimbabwe is going places in the field of biosciences

What connection do marshmallows and DNA have? If one thinks of the spiral ones, then the answer is shape. However, in Zimbabwe, the SANBio/BioFISA II team came across another answer: marshmallows can be used in modelling genomes and molecules to educate children about genomics and get them excited about the sciences. That is exactly what the President & Chief Scientific Officer at AiBST, Prof Collen Masimirembwa, is doing as a small part of his activities: he has always been a strong believer in capacity building starting from an early age.