Introducing African Biosciences Ltd


Introducing African Biosciences Ltd

Prof. Ikhide G. Imumorin
Co-founder, President/CEO, African Biosciences Ltd

African Biosciences Ltd (ABL) is a new, innovative life sciences company established in August 2015 to serve the Nigerian biosciences research market. Our vision is to be the premier and cutting-edge bioscience research service provider and molecular diagnostics and DNA testing provider, executed by providing the following: (1) easy access to bioscience research reagents, supplies and equipment in Nigeria, (2) bioscience research advisory services, (3) bioscience research training and capacity building, (4) lab-for-rent and contract research services in state-of-the-art bioscience research laboratories, (5) molecular diagnostics and (6) DNA testing services for the private individual, judicial/law enforcement and clinical markets.

We have a modern commercial research laboratory in Ibadan with facilities for genomics, proteomics, metabolomics. We also have platforms for DNA sequencing, gene expression profiling, chemical and biochemical analysis, histological, immunological and cell biology assays. These facilities will be of benefit to agricultural research, biomedical research, healthcare delivery and the judicial systems in Nigeria. We provide an innovative lab-for-rent and contract research service to researchers and we are the "boots on the ground" partner for clients in and outside Africa.

Many of the big challenges facing Africa today are biological and have solutions in biological research and knowledge - runaway population growth, hunger, and malnutrition, endemic infectious diseases and climate change. Yet, bioscience research capacity is dismal at 86 scientists per 1 million people (compare that to over 4,600 in North America and Europe and over 600 in China). The whole of Africa of 1 billion people publishes fewer biosciences research papers in journals indexed by Web of Science (Thomson Reuters) than The Netherlands which at 17 million people publishes 27,000 per year, more than the whole of Africa combined. Nigeria by the way only publishes 1,500 a year with nearly 190 million people.

Africa continues to lag in the field of scientific research. This can be attributed to lack of equipment, skilled manpower, and poor policy priorities of its governments. After over half a century of independence of most African countries, there is a slow realization that investment in scientific research to build a knowledge economy is how to secure the future for modern development.

Many research students in the life sciences face massive obstacles when carrying out their research projects required to earn advanced degrees. This has produced a long running crisis and vicious cycle where the quality of research is poor and therefore lacks the rigor to move the frontiers of knowledge on the one hand, and produces so little value that can impact developmental problems in Africa.

There has been some good news recently that scientific output has doubled in the last decade along with Africa’s share of citable work. Although that figure only went from less than 0.5% to just over 1%, it shows that there is still hope. The African Union through its New Partnership for Africa Development (NEPAD) has committed to making more investment in scientific research. Building scientific capacity in Africa requires strong advocacy and continued education of African academic and research leaders.

If not now when and if not us who?

Professor Ikhide G. Imumorin is Co-founder, President & CEO of African Biosciences Ltd. He brings very strong scientific and technical background in bioscience research to the company from over 20 years in US academic system as a graduate student, postdoctoral researcher and professor and currently Adjunct Professor in the School of Biological Sciences at Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta. He was recently a professor at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York and has mentored over 60 students, postdoctoral associates and research scholars in the past decade from the US, Africa and Southeast Asia, with academic output of over 160 book chapters, journal articles, presentations and invited talks in countries in Africa, Asia, America, Europe and Oceania. He earned his BAgricTech from Federal University of Technology, Owerri, MTech from Federal University of Technology, Akure and PhD in Animal Genetics & Genomics from Texas A&M University, College Station

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