CRG Seminar: Inclusive social entrepreneurship - Extending the frontiers of innovative medtech start-ups in Nigeria: A case study of AiDx Medical BV

According to KPMG (a global audit and tax advisory firm), Nigeria’s unemployment rate is expected to rise to 40.6% in 2023. A sustainable poverty alleviation strategy to mitigate the consequence of the employment gap should include entrepreneurship as a standard baseline. Entrepreneurship is expected to play a central role in achieving “inclusive growth” and if well executed, it could potentially translate to job creations, new businesses, and new ways to deliver basic services. This could possibly contribute to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP).
This presentation by Temitope Ebenezer Agbana (TU Delft) focuses on the contributory relevance of the academic community towards achieving inclusive entrepreneurship, innovation, and sustainable economic growth. Using the AiDx Medical BV (a medtech start-up from TU Delft) as a model, it will demonstrate the societal impact of doing science for the benefit of the people in low-resource settngs in Abuja, Nigeria. How an innovative scientific proof-of-concept design can be translated into real-time product that is currently being deployed for use in the Nigerian healthcare system will be discussed. The business development pipeline which includes identifying funding opportunities, writing proposals, finding relevant local and international collaborating partners, product development, fulfilling local regulatory requirement, and attracting investors will be outlined. It will further highlight the approach to knowledge transfer, collaboration with four academic institutions and provision of over 100 job opportunities in the local context.
This seminar is organised by the CRG 'Governance, Entrepreneurship, and Inclusive Development' in the framework of its Africa in Practice Seminar Series.
This event takes place in person in Leiden. Online participation will not be possible.
Photo credits: Kaizenify (via Wikimedia Commons).

Temitope Ebenezer Agbana obtained a Bachelor of Engineering in Electrical Electronics Engineering and an MSc in microwave sensing, signals and systems at TU Delft and joined the Delft Centre for Systems and Controls as a researcher in 2011. His PhD research entitled 'Optical Smart Malaria Diagnostics' focused on developing affordable, expert-independent, and reliable automated diagnostic devices for use in resource limited settings. Agbana is passionate about the development and deployment of AI based automated optical devices to complement diagnostic gaps in resource-limited settings. He is the CEO and co-founder of AiDx Medical BV, a medtech startup focused on providing reliable, AI based pathology for infectious disease diagnostics in emerging world.

Date, time and location

19 June 2024
15.00 - 16.30
Herta Mohrgebouw / Faculty of Humanities, Witte Singel 27a, 2311 BG Leiden
Room 0.31