Nigerian Bags International Award for Inventing Fake Drug ID Scanner

Adebayo Alonge

A Nigerian Pharmacist and researcher, Adebayo Alonge has put his name in the annals of history by inventing handheld Nano scanners that can detect fake drugs.

The invention has earned Nigeria global recognition for Alonge’s feat and has won him the 2019 BNP Paribas Group Deep Tech Prize.

The award which comes with €100,000 prize and is organized by umbrella of Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge, Platinum.ng understands, is a reputable global startup competition designed with the target of addressing the needs of deeptech entrepreneurs across several different industries and technologies.

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Speaking while receiving the meritorious award, Alonge said “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 people are safe from fake medicines… my goal with science and which we all have today is to make sure that nobody has to go through the trauma I experience, and I appreciate that everybody who is here today join to that vision of using the tech to achieve global social rewards. I believe that, myself and my team and together and you, we could lead science to create a better world.”

In 2004, Mr. Alonge was traumatized after ingesting a fake drug. In a skype interview with AIT- Kakaaki Social on Friday, Alonge said he is partnering with National Agency for Food and Drug Administration and Control (NAFDAC) to use the technology in tackling fake drugs in Nigeria.

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