Ryan Awori wins the Falling Walls Lab Nairobi 2016

The German Academic Exchange Service hosted the first Falling Walls Lab of Kenya in Nairobi on 13 September 2016.

12 outstanding talents presented their innovative ideas, research projects and initiatives in 3 minutes each in front of an interdisciplinary audience and high-calibre jury.

The winner of the Falling Walls Lab Nairobi will travel to Berlin and participate in the Falling Walls Lab Finale on 8 November 2016 where the winners of all international Labs gather. The winner will also receive a ticket for the Falling Walls Conference on 9 November which brings together world-class scientists and institution leaders.

Meet the winner:

Ryan Musumba Awori     Kenya     International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE)     Breaking the Wall of Antimicrobial Resistance

Ryan presented Mursamacin, a drug which is obtained fromt he soils of Central Kenya. As a capsulated drug Mursamacin treats antibiotic-resistant bacterial infections and as an open wound medical ointment, it promotes the healing process. Mursamacin works at 11μg/ml which is 6-fold better than most antibiotics globally used in treatment of open wounds - Augmentin and Ceftriaxone.

Meet the jury:

Dr. Helmut Blumbach, Director, DAAD Regional Office for Africa

Dr. Nina Wichmann, Director, Goethe-Institut Nairobi

Dr. Dan Masiga, Senior Scientist, ICIPE

Prof. Caroline Thoruwa, Department of Chemistry, Kenyatta University

Dr. Nicholas Makau, Department of Physics, University of Eldoret


Dr. Helmut Blumbach and Ryan Awori at the Award Ceremony of the Nairobi Lab 2016.

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