H3D Founder and Director, Prof Kelly Chibale, was recently listed as one of the 22 Black leaders in Biotech in honour of Juneteenth. The list, published by the Timmerman Report, celebrates innovative black leaders who are change-makers in their respective fields.
Professor Kelly Chibale has an easygoing manner and a big laugh that belies the fact that he’s one of Africa’s preeminent scientists, and among the world’s top Black leaders in biotech. Speaking over Zoom from Cape Town, South Africa, he’s quick to tease me that his home country, Zambia, is superior to mine, neighboring Zimbabwe. But Chibale’s start in life was anything but easy and is in fact perfectly captured by the name of the impoverished township he grew up in: Kabulanda, which literally translates as “sadness” in a local language.
H3D has a new collaboration with Yemaachi, a private research company based in Accra, Ghana, that is working towards lowering the economic burden of cancer on the African continent.
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H3D is partnering with Ersilia Open Source Initiative (EOSI), a UK-based non-profit organization specializing in artificial intelligence (AI)/ machine learning (ML) for drug discovery.
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