A Nigerian pharmacist, Adebayo Alonge who was once a victim of fake drugs, has won a whopping prize of €100,000 for nanoscanner technology that detects fake drugs in a tech startup competition.
Adebayo who is the CEO and co-founder of RxAll, beat 4,500 other contenders from 119 nations across the world in the 2019 Hello Tomorrow Global Challenge t become the first African to win this competition.
The prize was awarded by BNP Paribas. It was reported that Alonge’s story is a very inspiring one as he was a victim of fake drug, an incident that almost took his life. He is the first African winner of the competition where 80 people made it to the final stage. He was awarded for his novel nanoscanner called RxScanner, a technology that instantly detects fake drug, making it the world’s first go-to tech for combating substandard drugs.
At the award ceremony, the successful Nigerian appreciated scientists around the world for how they have used science to improve humanity. Hello Tomorrow was created in 2013 by Xavier Duportet and Arnaud De La Tour to support scientists and technologists.