A Collaboration to Strengthen Laboratory Network Capacity Across African Union Member States

September 14 2022

A person working in a synthetic biology lab

The Africa Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (Africa CDC), a specialized technical institution of the African Union, and Ginkgo Biosecurity announced a partnership to bolster the laboratory network capacity for African Union Member States.

The partnership is aimed at supporting the continent’s public health institutions with appropriate tools, training, and data infrastructure to leverage critical genomic sequencing technologies that will be implemented through Africa CDC Institute for Pathogen Genomics (IPG) and Ginkgo Bioworks.

In consultation with Africa CDC, we will assess existing automation, data analysis and bioinformatics capabilities across the continent, and plan to develop a training framework in automation, data analysis and bioinformatics. This information will be used to expand throughput throughout the continental network and inform African Union Member States’ investments in automation and additional lab capacity.

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