African biotech firm 54gene has constructed and donated 2 new cellular laboratories to Lagos and Ogun States, growing the whole community of molecular laboratories within the nation to 17.
The corporate has additionally introduced related plans to donate one other cellular laboratory to Kano State, the place the variety of confirmed circumstances additionally seems to be on the rise.
In accordance with the assertion on the corporate’s web site, these laboratories had been made attainable by means of a partnership with First Metropolis Monument Financial institution (FCMB), Ogun State authorities, and different companions.
“This pilot was launched in collaboration with First Metropolis Monument Financial institution and Ogun State authorities, and made attainable by means of the assist of our companions: Argentil Capital Companions, Arnergy Photo voltaic restricted, Tempohousing Nigeria and Wild fusion. We categorical our immense gratitude for his or her help make this a actuality,” the assertion learn.
Whereas FCMB and Argential Capital Companions are the monetary companions for the undertaking, Arnerg Photo voltaic Ltd, a Nigerian renewable power firm, will present a gentle energy provide to the power by means of a 10kVA solar energy answer.
How the funds had been raised
In March, 54gene launched a fund focused at growing Nigeria’s testing potential for COVID-19, and throughout the final month, it accrued as much as $500,000 in donations from personal sector members.
Every cellular laboratory is a 40ft container construction, designed as a plug and play characteristic that minimizes the time and price challenges of transport samples from one location to the opposite for processing.
“Our cellular laboratory is absolutely kitted with important devices together with an autoclave, biosafety cupboard, centrifuge, heating blocks, vortexes, pipettes, and PCR machines to assist COVID-19 testing.
“We have now additionally helped construct capability by equipping molecular scientists with the mandatory ability set required to deal with the devices within the cellular lab as they might in common molecular testing laboratories,” the assertion mentioned.
The corporate famous that with the fee saved on such logistics, the well being businesses might channel funds to acquire extra check gear and private protecting gear (PPE) for healthcare staff.
With this improvement, 54gene’s cellular laboratories have develop into the primary accredited personal services to affix the community of COVID-19 testing facilities in Nigeria.
The primary set of testing within the facility began in Ogun state on Monday, 27 April 2020.