OLAM Ghana Limited Supports NMIMR with Test Kits

Olam Ghana Limited one of the leading global agribusiness and supply chain manager, in conjunction with the Singapore-based Temasek Foundation supported the Institute with a donation of Fortitude Testing Kits to help in its fight against the spread of the COVID-19.

The Fortitude Kits 2.0 was designed by the Singapore’s Agency for Science Technology and Research (ASTAR) to detect the SARA-COV-2 virus and also the detection of SARA-CoV-2 RNA while the DNA/RNA extraction kit can efficiently purify the viral DNA and RNA from throat swabs, saliva, serum, plasma, bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF), virus culture medium and is suitable for use in downstream molecular detection. This kit is suitable for manual and automated extraction on MGISP-960 and MGISP-100.  

The products were handed over to the Institute by Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu, the Vice Chancellor of the University of Ghana and Mr Kenneth Antwi, National Head of Human Resource at Olam Ghana presented the items on behalf of the board of and Management of Olam.

Dr.  Anthony Nsiah Asare, the Presidential Advisor on Health stated that the Institute, the Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research (KCCR) and the other laboratories in the country have played a major role in the fight against COVID-19 and it was a relief to realize that some corporate Institutions like Olam have recognized their efforts and are moved to offer support. He commended Olam and their partners for the donation and urged other organisations in the corporate community to emulate the example. 

Prof. Ebenezer Oduro Owusu noted that the Noguchi research facility is a centre of excellence, manned by a team which is very determined to prove that given the necessary input and support, it can perform beyond the country’s expectation. He ended by recognizing that, what Olam has done is a proof that the society appreciates what the Institute does and are willing to help.

Also present at the short ceremony was the Provost of the College of Health Sciences, Rev. Prof. Patrick F. Ayeh-Kumi, the Director of the Institute , Prof Abraham K. Anang, Prof. William Ampofo, HoD for Department of Virology and the Institute Administrator, Mr. Theodore Ahuno.


The Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), set up in 1979 as a semi autonomous institute of the University, is the leading biomedical research facility in Ghana.

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