After a successful partnership with STEM In Africa (SIA) at their 2020 conference in Lagos, 54gene once again collaborated with the non-profit at its first ever SIA Summer Camp. The event, aimed at promoting young children’s interest in science, was held at Children International School (CIS) Lekki, Lagos state on Tuesday, 13th July, 2020 with a host of young students from across the state.
Dr. Onome Braimah, who is the Medical Manager at 54gene, began the talk by explaining the underrepresentation of African populations in medical research; especially drug discovery and its limitations on drug and therapy efficacy for Africans. She added that 54gene’s primary aim was to correct health disparities on the continent and equalise precision medicine for all.
This was followed by a list of scientific facts presented by 54gene’s, Molecular Laboratory Team Lead, Dr. Olukunle Okuwasemowo. The main objective of the session was to break down complex scientific terms and processes for the children in order to fully appreciate the upcoming activity on the schedule. Next, a quick question and answer session was held, after which a basic DNA extraction demonstration took place with the children actively participating in the procedure.
As a biotechnology company with strong beliefs in capacity building and knowledge transfer among current and future generations, it was an honour to be able to shape the minds of these young scholars and to enlighten them on the importance and benefits of science to them and the world at large.