Awardees Showcase Health Innovations at Official World IP Day Event

12 April 2022.
By the Award program team

Yet, young innovators are many times without sufficient support to overcome critical challenges in fulfilling the potential of their innovations – from concept and strategy to implementation and scale. These young entrepreneurs, especially young women and those in low- and middle-income countries, face financial barriers, low visibility with investors and policymakers, limited understanding of IP and incentive systems, and lack of support from business mentors. 

On World Intellectual Property (IP) day, Africa Young Innovators for Health Awardees Conrad Tankou (CEO, GIC Space) and Nuriat Nambogo (Team Lead, MobiCare) will showcase their healthcare innovations that are leapfrogging existing infrastructure and embedding change in communities. 

IFPMA, the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), Speak Up Africa, and award-winning young innovators driving innovation and making advancements to improve Africa’s health outcomes on Tuesday, 26 April from 02:00 PM-04:00 PM GMT / 04:00 PM -06:00 PM CEST.  

The hybrid event titled “Innovating for Better Health: Supporting Young Innovators through IP” will highlight critical elements of a sustainable health innovation ecosystem that can advance promising solutions designed by young innovators. The discussions will illustrate how young people are not merely recipients of innovation but co-creators of the future they inherit. 

Innovation plays a crucial role in addressing Africa’s challenges, and young innovators are changing this landscape with the power of their ideas and ambitions for the future, including the future of health.  

With adequate support and effective use of IP rights, young innovators can mobilize and provoke change and help advance the fields of science, business, and innovation to improve health outcomes. 

Panel 1: Youth and innovation: Protecting our health futures through IP (16:20-17:00 CEST) – Register here. 

Moderated by Brian Li Han Wong, Youth Officer, Governing Health Futures 2030, featuring: 

  • Conrad Tankou, CEO, GIC Space; African Young Innovators for Health Awardee  
  • Yacine Djibo, Founder, Speak Up Africa 
  • Dexter Galban, CEO and Founder, Alaga Health 
  • Tamara Nanayakkara, Counsellor, Intellectual Property for Business Division, WIPO 

 Panel 2: Catalyzing innovation in health: Bridging the gender gap (17:10-17:40 CEST) – Register here. 

Moderated by Brian Li Han Wong, Youth Officer, Governing Health Futures 2030, featuring: 

  • Nuriat Nambogo, Team Lead, MobiCare; Women’s Innovation Incubator Awardee  
  • Jennifer Brant, CEO and Founder, Innovation Insights 
  • Dr Prativa Pandey, CEO and Founder, Catalyst Technology and Herveda Botanicals 
  • Maria del Pilar Noriega, R&D and Innovation Director, DAABON