Sanofi SA seeks applications for its e-health challenge at AfricArena

Pharmaceutical firm Sanofi is calling for entries for an e-health challenge targeting healthcare practitioners in Africa, that will take place at the AfricArena event in Cape Town in November.

AfricArena is scheduled for November 15-16 and will be held in partnership with Wesgro and Silicon Cape, with Sanofi a sponsor.

The Sanofi South Africa Challenge focuses on innovation that is set to optimise adherence to the treatment of tuberculosis (TB). In partnership with the National Department of Health, Sanofi is committed to assuring the early diagnosis of TB, detecting resistance, and addressing treatment barriers as well as improving on patient adherence.

The company ran a similar challenge at the VivaTech conference in France earlier this year, which was won by South African startup Vula Mobile.

Winners for this leg of the challenge will get a chance to exhibit to global investors and stakeholders, the opportunity to work closely with a Sanofi business unit head in expanding and developing their technology innovations, and access to coaching, mentoring and financing opportunities.

Winning solutions will need to be affordable and easy to use, with proof of concept in at least one province in South Africa. Applications are open until October 26.

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