Innovation Prize for Africa Winner Creates the World's First Injectable Regenerating Bone Graft Substitute
Prestigious Prize Identifies Groundbreaking Innovations in Africa ABUJA, Nigeria, 5 May 2014 – According to the National Osteoporosis Foundation of South Africa (NOFSA), osteoporosis is on the rise in Africa, especially among African women, due to urbanization and a general lack of awareness, among other factors; figure-conscious females keep an increasingly watchful eye on their weight, impacting negatively on the density of their bones and increasing their risk of contracting bone diseases. The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) has named Dr Nicolaas Duneas and Nuno Peres, from South Africa, as the winners of the Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014.
Innovation Prize for Africa 2014 Finalists Announced
From the World’s First Injectable Skeleton Regeneration Protein to a Domestic Waste Biogas System, Ten Africans Are Innovating the Future of the Continent JOHANNESBURG, South Africa, 24 April 2013 – The African Innovation Foundation (AIF) announced the finalists of the prestigious Innovation Prize for Africa (IPA) 2014. Ten African innovators have created practical solutions to some of the continent’s most intractable problems, from a domestic waste biogas system to a wafer matrix for paediatric antiretroviral (ARV) drug treatment. Chosen from almost 700 applications from 42 countries, the finalists for the IPA 2014 represent Africans’ potential to address the challenges that are unique to the continent.
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FINALIST BIOGRAPHIES
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    Ashley Uys
    OculusID Impairment Screening (South Africa)
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    Daniel Gitau Thairu
    Domestic Waste Biogas System (Kenya)
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    Elise Rasel Cloete
    GMP Traceability Management Software CC (South Africa)
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    Joshua Okello
    WinSenga (Uganda)
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    Logou Minsob
    Foufoumix (Togo)
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    Dr. Nicolaas Duneas
    Altis Osteogenic Bone Matrix (Altis OBM™) (South Africa)
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    Maman Abdou Kane
    Horticultural tele irrigation (Niger)
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    Melesse Temesgen
    Aybar BBM (Ethiopia)
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    Sulaiman Bolarinde Famro
    Farmking Mobile Multi-crop Processor (Nigeria)
INNOVATION EXPERTS BIOGRAPHIES
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    Founder of the African Innovation Foundation
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    African Innovation Foundation Board Chairman, Former Diplomat
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    Entrepreneur, Social Impact & Investor
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    African Innovation Foundation Program Manager for Innovation & Technology
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    United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Director
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    United Nations Economic Commission for Africa Programme Officer
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    Principal, Makeda Fund, Writer, Blogger
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    Founding Director, Bertha Centre for Social Innovation & Entrepreneurship
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    Resident entrepreneur at Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s Media Lab
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    Managing Director of the Centre for Phototherapy Research (CEPHYR) & Professor in Chemistry at the University of Mauritius