There are thousands of genetically diverse sub-populations in Africa.
The status quo is to collect samples from one sub-population, in one country, in one major city, and assume it’s representative of the continent. We see things differently.
Abasi Ene-Obong is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of 54gene and has extensive experience operating in the US, UK and Nigerian healthcare industries.
Prior to 54gene, Abasi worked with leading healthcare organisations, including Fortune 100 pharmaceutical companies, academic and research institutions, and governments as a management consultant with PwC and IQVIA (formerly QuintilesIMS).
He worked as a cancer researcher and published a seminal paper on pancreatic cancer immunology in the journal, Gastroenterology.
Dr. Omolola Salako
Dr Omolola Salako is an accomplished cancer care professional with a vision to orchestrate sustainable solutions that improve cancer survival and healthcare in Africa through technology, research, clinical skills and enterprise.
A practising Clinical and Radiation Oncologist, Dr Omolola Salako is one of 70 Consultant Radiation and Clinical
Oncologist in Nigeria skilled in using a Linear Accelerator, high dose rate brachytherapy and chemotherapeutic
agent. Her clinical practice is domiciled in the Department of Radiation Oncology, NSIA-Lagos University
Teaching Hospital which is affiliated with the Department of Radiation Oncology, College of Medicine, University
Dr Omolola Salako is a pioneer Radiation Oncologist driving the total body irradiation clinic for the Bone Marrow
Transplant and Hematology Department in Lagos University Teaching Hospital. Her innovative research in clinical
oncology shows that one in four Nigerian cancer patients have a comorbidity. She translated her research findings to
benefit this subgroup of cancer patients by establishing a cancer comorbidity clinic.
Dr. Zara Modibbo
Dr. Zara Modibbo is a Consultant Clinical Microbiologist and a Fellow of the West African College of Physicians who has worked for over a decade in African health care and medical research.
Dr. Modibbo is passionate about women’s health and has published several papers on cervical cancer screening in Nigeria including the first Randomised Control Trial in Nigeria on Human Papilloma Virus self-sampling in an attempt to revolutionize uptake of screening across Africa.
Prof. Babatunde Salako
Prof. Babatunde Salako is currently the Director General / Chief Executive Officer at the Nigerian Institute of Medical Research. He has been involved in a number of clinical trials on drugs marketed by GlaxoSmithKline and May & Baker.
He has made significant contributions to the field of hypertension and kidney disease and has published more than 95 papers including a book on nephrology for laypersons.
Prof. Sunday Omilabu
Prof. Sunday Omilabu is a Consultant Virologist and Director, Central Research Laboratory (CRL), College of Medicine University of Lagos / Lagos University Teaching Hospital and the Federal Ministry of Health (FMOH) with over 85 published papers.
Prof. Adekunbiola Banjo
Prof. Adekunbiola Banjo is a Consultant Anatomic Pathologist at College of Medicine University of Lagos/Lagos University Teaching Hospital, Idi-Araba Lagos Nigeria.
She is known for her research in cancer prevention and early detection, particularly exploring cheaper and more efficient methods of cervical cancer screening as well as the development of a self-administered cervical cytology screening tool
Prof. Francis Durotimi-Etti
Prof. Francis Durotimi-Etti specializes in Radiation Therapy and Oncology. He has made significant contributions in the areas of brachytherapy and teletherapy in over 20 countries including Nigeria.
He is the founding and current President of Cancer Education and Advocacy Foundation of Nigeria (CEAFON). He is a recipient of several awards including the highly prestigious Officer of the Order of the Federal Republic.
Prof. Bosede Afolabi
Prof. Bosede Alabi is a consultant Obstetrician & Gynaecologist, known for her passion in the advancement of women's health, with a focus in reducing the maternal mortality rate in Nigeria. She is internationally recognized for her research in sickle-cell pregnancy.
Prof. Adeniyi Adenipekun
Prof. Adeniyi Adenipekun is a Physician and a Radiation Oncologist. He served as acting Head of Department of Radiotherapy at the College of Medicine University of Ibadan and as Chairman Medical Advisory Committee for the University College Hospital (UCH).
He is presently the National President of Hospice and Palliative Care Association of Nigeria (HPCAN) leading training and clinical practice across Nigeria.
Prof. Sule Saidu
Prof. Sule Saidu is a professor of Radiology, Dept of Radiodiagnosis Usman Danfodio Teaching Hospital, Sokoto and the Dean, Faculty of Clinical Sciences, Usman Danfodio University.
Dr. Habeebu MYM
Consultant Clinical Oncologist at Lagos University Teaching Hospital
Mr. Olufemi Hodefe
Mr Olufemi P. Hodefe is a research expert, health ethics professional and administrator for research and sponsored programme in College of Medicine, University of Lagos.