Laud Anthony Basing is Scientist, Engineer, Innovator and Entrepreneur. He is the CEO and Founder of Incas diagnostics, a social enterprise in Ghana, which seeks to save lives through the design and production of low-cost, easy-to-use, point-of-care diagnostic test kits designed specifically for Africa. He is also the Executive Director of Incas Impact Foundation, a foundation which offers mentorship, training and capacity building for Ghanaian youth.
Laud Anthony is passionate about research, and with a background in both Microbiology and Biomedical Engineering, Laud Anthony’s research interest has been in developing simple tests for infectious diseases that largely impact women and children in Africa. He has several years of research experience with international collaborations. He worked with the University of Liverpool and researchers from 13 countries from 2009 to 2013 on a project on the effect of climate change on Health outcomes. He worked with the World Health Organization in Ghana and Papua New Guinea on yaws eradication from 2015 to 2016 and worked with the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering, Purdue University in the United States to develop low cost, mobile enable test devices for HIV and Yaws. He currently leads an European and Developing Countries Clinical Trials Partnership (EDCTP) funded program to evaluate a rapid diagnostics for yaws in Ghana, Ivory Coast and Cameroon. He has made Poster and oral presentations in Nigeria, Mali, Spain, South Africa, China, Cape Verde, Kenya and the United States.
Laud Anthony Basing is a 2016 Mandela Washington Fellow in the Business and Entrepreneurship track and was previously, the Chairman of the Linkages Committee of the West and Central African Regional Advisory Board for the fellowship. He is a member of American Society for Microbiology (ASM)’s Young Leaders Circle, and the former ASM Young Ambassador to Ghana. He is the former Vice Curator of the Kumasi hub of the Global Shapers Community, a global network of young people driving dialogue, action and change, a former President of the Young African Leaders’ Network-Ghana and a member of the Alliance for Young entrepreneurs Ghana. On the professional front in Medical Laboratory Practice, he is a former regional executive of the Ghana Association of Medical Laboratory Scientists (GAMLS) having been the Secretary of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) Chapter, Ashanti Regional Secretary, Ashanti Regional Financial Secretary and Ashanti Regional Vice Chairman.
Laud Anthony is the first Ghanaian to have been nominated for the Innovation Prize for Africa, a prestigious award aimed at strengthening African innovation ecosystems through supporting a culture of innovation and competitiveness, whilst spurring growth of innovative, market-driven African solutions to African challenges. He was named one of the 50 most influential young Ghanaians in 2017 and a 2017 Emerging Leaders under 40 winner in the health and wellness category in Ghana. Laud won first place in the social innovation track of the 2018 Burton Morgan Business Model Competition in Purdue University and Second place in the 2017 Shurz Innovation Challenge for developing a urine-based Point of Care Diagnostic Kit for Sexually transmitted Diseases. In March of 2019, Laud was named one of the top 30 innovators in health in Africa in the World Health Organization’s Africa Innovation Challenge in 2019 for developing a molecular based rapid test kit for the neglected tropical disease yaws. In March of 2020, Laud led a team from Ghana, Senegal, Cameroon, South Africa and Nigeria to win WHO’s COVID-19 Hackathon with CoviTTrads a Covid19 testing and tracking platform. In April 2020, Laud led a team of scientists from Incas Diagnostics to collaborate with KNUST to develop a rapid test kit for covid19 and in May 2020, he won Africa.com’s Brilliant African Innovations Against COVID-19.
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