CHN alumnus Asan­terabi Malima earns entrepreneurship award

| July 21, 2014

CHN Alumnus Asan­terabi Malima was pre­sented with an Entre­pre­neurial Award by Gov. Deval Patrick for founding Biolom and developing a device that enables early, low-cost disease detection. News@Northeastern covers the story here:

“My pas­sion was always to develop some kind of tech­nology to diag­nose dis­eases ear­lier, to come up with some­thing that wouldn’t save my father, since he’d already passed away, but may save some­body else’s parent,” Malima said.

In 2012, this vision became a reality when he founded Biolom with fellow North­eastern alumni Cihan Yilmaz, PhD’13, and Jaydev Upponi, PhD’12, grad­u­ates of the Depart­ment of Mechan­ical and Indus­trial Engi­neering and the Depart­ment of Phar­ma­ceu­tical Sci­ences, respec­tively. They started the biotechnology firm to com­mer­cialize a device they had devel­oped at [CHN] under the guid­ance of its director Ahmed Bus­naina, the William Lin­coln Smith Chair and pro­fessor in the Col­lege of Engi­neering.

Malima’s work has received sig­nif­i­cant recog­ni­tion. In June, as part of Mass­a­chu­setts’ cel­e­bra­tion of Africa Week, Gov. Deval Patrick pre­sented him with the Entre­pre­neurial Award, which hon­ored his con­tri­bu­tion to the state’s eco­nomic well-​​being and vitality. But not only does Biolom promise to improve the health and job prospects of the state’s res­i­dents, it also has the poten­tial to cure dis­ease in Malima’s native Tan­zania, where cer­vical cancer is predominant.

Read the full story about the award at News@Northeastern.