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Centres of Excellence

The African Network for Drugs and Diagnostics Innovation (ANDI) has concluded its annual stakeholders meeting in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia, with the recognition of 32 African institutions as ANDI Centres of Excellence in health innovation.

The ANDI centres of excellence are spread across the five sub-regions of Africa and are conducting research and development; and innovation activities on drugs, diagnostics, vaccines, medical devices and traditional medicines. They will implement ANDI projects and capacity building on the continent.


Spread of 32 approved Centres of Excellence

Achieving these goals will require closer collaboration among research institutions in order to leverage existing capacity to support product development while at the same time building new capacity in Africa. It will also involve identifying, funding and managing a portfolio of projects across Africa, more work in developing infrastructure and broader South-South and North-South collaboration.


Approved ANDI Centres of Excellence




African Institute of Biomedical Science & Technologies

LAPF CENTER, P O Box 2294, Corner Jason Moyo & Chinhoyi Street, Harare, Zimbabwe

Website: http://www.aibst.com

ANDI Centre of Excellence in In-silico Drug Metabolism & Pharmacokinetics and Toxicology Studies

Council for Scientific and Industrial Research

P O Box 395, Pretoria 0001, South Africa

Website: http://www.csir.co.za

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Nanomedicine Research

Institut Pasteur de Tunis

13, Place Pasteur, BP74, Tunis Belvédère 1002, Tunisia

Website: http://www.pasteur.tn

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Bio-molecule Discovery

Institute of Medical Research and Medicinal Plants Studies

P O Box 6163, Yaoundé, Cameroon

Website: http://www.minresi.net

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Traditional Medicine Research

Institute of Primate Research

Karen Road/Ololua Forest, P O Box 24481, Karen 00502
Nairobi, Kenya

Website: http://www.primateresearch.org

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Pre-clinical Research

iThemba LABS

Old Faure Road, P O Box 722, Somerset West 7129,
Western Cape Province, South Africa

Website: http://www.tlabs.ac.za

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Radiochemistry

iThemba Pharmaceuticals (Pty) Ltd

P O Box 21, Modderfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa

Website: http://www.ithembapharma.com

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Medicinal Chemistry

Joint Clinical Research Centre

Plot 893 Ring Road, Butikiro House, Mengo
P O Box 10005 Kampala, Uganda

Website: http//www.jcrc.co.ug

ANDI Centre of Excellence in HIV/TB Clinical Research

Kenya Medical Research Institute

P O Box 54840-00200, Nairobi, Kenya

Website: http://www.kemri.org

ANDI Centre of Excellence in HIV Operational Research

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology -Kumasi Center for Collaborative Research

Kumasi, Ghana

Website: http://www.kccr.de

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Applied Biomedical Research

Makerere University

P.O. Box 7062, Kampala, Uganda

Website: http://www.mak.ac.ug

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Epidemiology of Infectious Diseases

National Center for Research

El-Mak Nimir Street, P O Box 2404, Khartoum-1111, Sudan

Website: http://www.ncr.sd

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Drug Discovery & Diagnostics Innovation

National Institute for Pharmaceutical R&D

Idu Industrial Area, PMB 21 Garik, Abuja, Nigeria

Website: http://www.niprd.org

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Phytomedicine Research and Development

Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research

University of Ghana, P O Box LG 581, Legon-Accra, Ghana

Website: http://www.noguchimedres.org

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Disease Surveillance and Prevention

South African Medical Research Council

P O Box 19070, Tygerberg, 7505, Cape Town, South Africa

Website: http://www.mrc.ac.za

ANDI Centre of Excellence for IP management in health

Theodor Bilharz Research Institute

1 El-Nile Street, Warrak El-Hhadar-Imbaba, P O Box 30 Giza 12411, Egypt

Website: http://www.tbri.sci.eg

ANDI Centre of Excellence on Anti-trematodal R&D

Trypanosomiasis Research Centre

P O Box 362, Kikuyu 00902, Kenya

Website: http://www.kari.org

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Pre-Clinical Development

University of Bamako

MRTC/DEAP/FMPOS, BP 1805, Bamako, Mali

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Clinical Development of Malaria Products

University of Buea

Faculty of Science, P O Box 63 Buea, Cameroon

Website: http://www.ubuea.net

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Onchocerciasis Drug Research

University of Cape Town

Bremmer Building, Lover's Walk, 7701, Cape Town, South Africa

Website: http://www.uct.ac.za

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Drug Discovery

University of Cape Town

UCT Lung Infection and Immunity Unit, Department of Medicine, H47.27 Main Building, Groote Schuur Hospital Observatory, Postal code 7925, Cape Town, South Africa

Website: http://www.lunginstitute.co.za/content/lung_infection.html

ANDI Centre of Excellence for TB Diagnostics Research

University of Cape Town -Institute of Infectious Disease and Molecular Medicine

Wolfson Pavilion, Faculty of Health Sciences, UCT, Anzio Road, Observatory, 7925, Cape Town, South Africa

Website: http://www.iidmm.uct.ac.za

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Proteomics and Genomics

University of Ibadan

Malaria Research Laboratories, College of Medicine, Ibadan, Nigeria

Website: http://www.ui.edu.ng/

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Malaria Translational Research

University of Lagos

Ishaga Road, Surulere, PMB 12003, Lagos, Nigeria

Website: http://www.unilag.edu.ng

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Malaria Diagnosis

University of Mauritius

Reduit, Mauritius

Website: http://www.uom.ac.mu

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Biomedical and Biomaterials Research

University of Stellenbosch

Vice-rector: Research, PMB X1, Matieland, South Africa

Website: http://www.sun.ac.za

ANDI Centre of Excellence for TB Translational Research

University of Stellenbosch

Faculty of Health Sciences, P O Box 19063, South Africa

Website: http://www.sun.ac.za/cid

ANDI Centre of Excellence for HIV Translational Research

University of the Witwatersrand

Antiviral Gene Therapy Research Unit, Private Bag 3, WITS 2050, South Africa

Website: http://www.wits.ac.za/agtru

ANDI Centre of Excellence for Viral Gene Therapy

University of the Witwatersrand

WITS Medical School, 7 York Road, Parktown, 2193, Johannesburg, South Africa

Website: http://wits.ac.za

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Advanced Drug Delivery Technology

University of Zambia

ZAMBART Project, School of Medicine, P O Box 50796, Lusaka, Zambia

Website: http://www.zambart.org

ANDI Centre of Excellence for HIV/TB Diagnostics Technologies


51 Wezaret El-Zeraa, Agouza, Giza, 22311, Egypt

Website: http://www.vacsera.com

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Anti-venom Research


51 Wezaret El-Zeraa, Agouza, Giza, 22311, Egypt

Website: http://www.vacsera.com

ANDI Centre of Excellence in Virus strains diagnosis


The initial mapping of the health R&D landscape in Africa, in support of ANDI activities, showed that capacity for product R&D and innovation exists. However, this capacity is not effectively utilized to solve Africa's health problems due to the lack of collaboration within Africa, lack of funding and lack of coordination of existing research efforts. It has therefore become necessary to identify existing Centres of Excellence for health product R&D and their core competences as well as the challenges they face. These centres are expected to participate in the implementation of ANDI projects which will be linked to capacity building as well as stimulation of intra-African collaboration and networking.


The diagram above indicates a two-stage approach for identification of ANDI projects: the first stage is the call for Centres of Excellence focusing on one or more of the core capacities highlighted in the diagram. The second stage will be a call for ANDI projects which can tap into the expertise of identified Centres of Excellence.

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