Nigeria has once again been brought to fore on the world map, after a Nigerian Pharmacist Adebayo Alonge, was awarded the 2019 BNP Paribas Group Deep Tech Prize for inventing handheld nanoscanners that can detect fake drugs.
The award, organised the umbrella of Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge, is a renowned global startup competition designed specifically to address the needs of deeptech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies.
“Thank you so much. It’s been a long journey personally for me, from the 15 years when I was surviving from a fake drug to standing today in front of you here and letting you to be in my dream and the dream of my co-founders to make sure that most of the people are safe from fake medicines.” Alonge Said while receiving the award.
Hello Tomorrow organises an annual challenge that seeks to identify the best deepTech solution in the world. The challenge takes place over a 6 month period.
[#BNPPEvent] When #deeptech finds its way to a #safer future: Today, half of drugs in Africa are fake drugs. But tomorrow, thanks to @RxAll_Inc & @adebayoalonge, handheld nanoscanners can ensure drug quality in real time! They won BNP Paribas Grand Prize at @hellotmrc: € 100K 👏 pic.twitter.com/uSnhnrCLVp
— BNP Paribas Group (@BNPParibas) March 19, 2019
Really emotional victory for me in particular and my team. The love and support for me and my team at RxAll Inc. from all of the innovators at @hellotomorrow was really touching. I appreciate @BNPParibas
for supporting deapTech #htsummit #safedrugsworld #Rxscanner https://t.co/cftkLfsrxo
— Adebayo Alonge (@adebayoalonge) March 19, 2019
— Adebayo Alonge (@adebayoalonge) March 21, 2019