In a significant moment marking a pivotal milestone in their startup journey, Metaphor Bio Partner Nigeria limited proudly announced the launch of their flagship site, on Thursday, November 9th, 2023, in Lagos, Nigeria. 

The launch attracted a diverse audience including guests, partners, colleagues, and friends, as well as key dignitaries of the Lagos State Government including Dr Atinuke Onayiga, Chairman Lagos State Health Service Commission, and Mr Fela Durotoye, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Values & Social Justice.

In his opening remark, Co-Founder and CEO of Metaphor, Tunde Animashaun expressed gratitude, attributing the success of the launch to a collective effort of all major stakeholders. “Today signifies a historic milestone in the early stages of our company, marking the commencement of an exciting journey, and all credit goes to God,” he declared.

Motivated by a fervent desire to utilize Clinical Research as a Care Option, Metaphor aims to revolutionize healthcare access in sub-Saharan Africa. Animashaun highlighted their global collaboration strategy, stating, “We collaborate with CROs, biotechnology firms, and academic research institutions worldwide to develop and validate innovative assays/technologies for early detection of cancers and infectious diseases in sub-Saharan Africa, following locally approved IRB protocols.”

Expressing deep appreciation for unwavering support from various quarters, including family, friends, stakeholders, Lagos State government officials, NIMR, private sector leaders, and esteemed clients, Animashaun underscored the critical role of collaboration in realizing their mission in the region.

While addressing the guests during the occasion, Fela Durotoye attributed the launch of the clinical research initiatives to a ‘Brain Gain,’ countering the ongoing brain drain that plagues the Nigerian Health Sector. He expressed appreciation to Animashaun for returning to Nigeria to spearhead this formidable initiative. ‘I believe that in the next 10 years, the success of Metaphor will serve as inspiration for thousands of Nigerian medical professionals who have garnered experience and expertise globally, encouraging them to return home and initiate ventures as impactful and graceful as what Metaphor has pioneered today,’ he declared.”

During the unfolding of the event, Tunde Animashaun took a moment to acknowledge the dedication of the Metaphor team. “They are the backbone of our company, and we highly value their dedication, creativity, and professionalism,” he remarked. Beyond celebrating a milestone, Animashaun sees today as a reminder of the hard work that lies ahead. “Today is not just a celebration of a milestone but also a reminder of the challenges ahead of us, and we seek your continued support and collaboration. Together, we can make a difference.”

The ribbon-cutting ceremony, assisted by Fela Durotoye, symbolically inaugurated the facility. Following this gesture, guests enjoyed a tour of the state-of-the-art facility and demonstrations of products in the development pipeline. The tour offered a firsthand look at the innovative solutions being cultivated within Metaphor, underscoring the tangible impact they aim to have on healthcare outcomes in the region.

In conclusion, the launch of Metaphor’s Clinical Research initiatives in Nigeria not only marks a monumental achievement for the company but also signifies a beacon of hope for improved healthcare in sub-Saharan Africa. With a commitment to collaboration, innovation, and a profound sense of purpose, Metaphor embarks on a journey promising to transform the landscape of clinical research and healthcare delivery in the region. As they navigate the path ahead, the call for continued support and collaboration resounds—a rallying cry for a collective effort to make a lasting difference in the lives of those they aim to serve.

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