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Keep your finger on the pulse of the start-up space by using our comprehensive list of SA small business to watch.

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7. Akili Labs

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Vital Stats:

  • Industry: Biotech
  • Founders: Lucas Lotter and Charles Faul
  • Est: 2017
  • Website: Akililabs.net
  • Awards Won: GAP BioScience 2017, best prototype at Innovation Bridge SA 2018, finalist at 2018 Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge, best prototype at the Department of Science and Technology’s Innovation Bridge.

Here’s what they do

This innovative biotech start-up develops low cost rapid medical diagnostic solutions, used in testing viruses, bacterial and fungal infections. Recently, the duo exhibited their Field Lab prototype at Collision Conference, one of the fastest growing tech conferences in the US.

“Field Lab is aimed at assisting in the decentralisation of medical diagnostics to improve diagnostics in rural areas, disaster areas and conflict zones by offering the capabilities of a diagnostic laboratory in remote areas through the modular Field Lab system” says Faul. They have already been contacted by The Red Cross Society to determine when the system will be operational and available.

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Nicole Crampton is an online writer for Entrepreneur Magazine. She has studied a BA Journalism at Monash South Africa. Nicole has also completed several courses in writing and online marketing.

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