20 outstanding innovators showcased their ideas at the Falling Walls Lab Cameroon

The German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and the Goethe-Institut hosted the first Falling Walls Lab of Cameroon in Yaoundé on 25 June 2016.

The Cameroon Lab was supported by the Federal Foreign Office of Germany, the Falling Walls Foundation, A.T. Kearney (Founding Partner) and Fest (Global Partner).

20 talented academics of various disciplines came together to pitch their innovative work in front of a high-ranked jury and the public.

The winner of the Falling Walls Lab Cameroon will travel to the global Lab Finale to Berlin on 8 November 2016. The winner will also receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference which takes place on 9 November 2016 and brings together leaders from the worlds of science, industry and policy-making.


Meet the winner:

Dr. Jean Baptiste Hzounda Fokou     Cameroon     Université Yaoundé I     Breaking the Wall of Viral Hepatitis

Hepatitis B and C viruses are killing a great number of people each year across the world. In many cases the drugs are unavailable, very expensive and trigger side effects. None of the conventional drugs can treat the virus completely in its chronic stage. Aromatic plants are traditionally used to manage hepatic disorders. Jean Baptiste and his team propose to evaluate, combine and optimise the antiviral effects of essential oils. There is still very little known about herbal treatments to manage hepatic disorders, Jean Baptiste spotlights this novel method of treatment.


Meet the jury:

Frank Kahnert, Director, DAAD Information Centre Yaoundé

Katja Buchecker, Staff member, Goethe-Institut Yaoundé

Dr. Mercy Bih Achu, Lecturer, Université Yaoundé I

Jonas Wiesenecker, Cultural Attaché, German Embassy Yaoundé

Dr. Palmer Netongo, Lecturer, Université Yaoundé

Thiery Tsou, Project Management Consultant

Macvban Dzekashu, Journalist


 Jean Baptiste (1st winner) and the jury of the Falling Walls Lab Cameroon 2016.


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