It may no longer be business as usual for those unscrupulous citizens who have perfected the act of churning out fake drugs, as a Canadian-based Nigerian Pharmacist Bayo Alonge has co-developed a miniature Nano-Scanner that uses Artificial Intelligence (AI) to identify fake drugs and assess general drug quality on mobile phones.
Pharm. Alonge emerged overall winner of the 2019 deepTech Challenge out of the 4,500 applicants, with the presentation of his anti-fake drugs device called RxAll Solution, having scaled through the regional contest at Cape Town in November 2018, he was selected among the 80 finalists for the finals in Paris in March 2019.
Even at the finals in Paris, the Canadian-based Nigerian pharmacist, was able to prove to the global jury of the best deepTech scientists and investors beyond reasonable doubt that his RxAll startup was of more value than the other Top 80 deepTech startups that were grouped into 12 categories — Aeronautics, Data and AI; Digital Health; Energy; Food; Agriculture and Environment; Global Health; Industrial Biotech; Industry 4.0; New Materials; New Mobility; New Space and Wellbeing.
RxAll competed in these intense finals in the Digital Health group against five other impressive startups, including some that are applying Quantum Computing for therapeutic protein development.
Records revealed that Pharm. Alonge had his Secondary Education at the King’s College Lagos and his Bachelor of Pharmacy, from the Pharmacy School, University of Ibadan, which provided a solid foundation for his innovative technology.
The global competition was organised by Hello Tomorrow, tagged: “The world’s best deepTech conference for scientists, technologists and their enablers”, it is an annual challenge that seeks to identify the best deepTech solution in the world, over a six-month period. The conference seeks to discover, initiate and support the deepTech ecosystem, the purpose of which is to scale science-based solutions to solve the world’s biggest problems.
After careful deliberation by judges and deepTech experts from across the 12 competing groups, the unanimous winner of the 2019 best deepTech in the world, represented by the Hello Tomorrow grand prize, was declared as RxAll.
Alonge and the rest of the RxAll team will continue to expand their solution across Africa and SE Asia. They are working with drug regulators and foundations in these regions. They are also selling their solution to individuals in the developed world who are concerned about the drugs they buy online or on the streets.