African biotech firm 54gene has constructed and donated 2 new cellular laboratories to Lagos and Ogun States, rising the overall community of molecular laboratories within the nation to 17.
The corporate has additionally introduced comparable 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 potential by 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 potential by the help of our companions: Argentil Capital Companions, Arnergy Photo voltaic restricted, Tempohousing Nigeria and Wild fusion. We specific 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 gradual energy provide to the ability by a 10kVA solar energy resolution.
How the funds had been raised
In March, 54gene launched a fund focused at rising Nigeria’s testing capability for COVID-19, and throughout the final month, it accrued as much as $500,000 in donations from personal sector individuals.
Every cellular laboratory is a 40ft container construction, designed as a plug and play function that minimizes the time and price challenges of delivery samples from one location to the opposite for processing.
“Our cellular laboratory is totally kitted with important devices together with an autoclave, biosafety cupboard, centrifuge, heating blocks, vortexes, pipettes, and PCR machines to help COVID-19 testing.
“We’ve additionally helped construct capability by equipping molecular scientists with the required ability set required to deal with the devices within the cellular lab as they might in common molecular testing laboratories,” the assertion stated.
The corporate famous that with the price saved on such logistics, the well being businesses may channel funds to obtain extra take a look at tools and private protecting tools (PPE) for healthcare staff.
With this growth, 54gene’s cellular laboratories have develop into the primary accredited personal amenities to hitch 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.