Nigerian startup 54gene launches genomics research initiative
by disrupt-africa 2020-02-11
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Nigeria’s 54gene, an African genomics research, services and development startup, has announced the launch of the African Centre for Translational Genomics (ACTG), an initiative established to facilitate translational genomics research by African scientists.


54gene, which raised a US$4.5 million seed funding round last year and has taken part in the Y Combinator and Google Launchpad Africa accelerator programmes, is building the world’s first African DNA biobank.


The establishment of the ACTG will re-invest in the health ecosystem by empowering the next generation of African genomic scientists through the provision and implementation of grants, fellowships, internships and training for medical researchers, trainees and students.


As a first concerted effort towards achieving its mandate, the ACTG will be funding its first study under the Non-Communicable Diseases – Genetic Heritage Study (NCD-GHS) Consortium.