Lekki Phase 1,  Lagos 
  • Booth: 1546

Currently, Africans only represent around 2% of genetic research. 54gene is addressing this by building the world’s largest Pan-African biobank for the discovery of treatments and diagnostics for everyone.

Our biorepository has the capacity to hold more than 50,000 biospecimens at ultra low temperature and our local clinical diagnostics lab is committed to offering the widest range of molecular and genetic testing.

We focus on illnesses such as cancer, cardiovascular, metabolic, neurodegenerative and sickle cell disease. We also provide customised recruitment service.

 Press Releases

  • The African genome is the most genetically diverse in the world. However, until now, the global scientific community has largely ignored the rich diversity and ancestry of the continent’s DNA, which currently makes up only 2% of the global genetic database. What does this mean in reality? Global pharmaceutical companies are more frequently using genomic and phenotypic DNA research to build personalized drugs. Yet without any clear understanding or sequencing of African DNA, this will essentially leave an entire continent [and its Diaspora] without access to revolutionary new drugs.

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  • Despite Africans and people of African ancestry being more genetically diverse than other demographics, only 2% of genetic material used for medical research comes from the African continent. Not only does this run the risk of personalised medicine being ineffective in people of African descent, but, also, a lack of genetic diversity in the databases could mean revolutionary drug targets are missed. 54gene aims to rectify this situation by creating the world’s first African biobank.

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