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Yusufa Sey, democratizing access to genetic information

Uwem September 12, 2016 145 1

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Yusufa Sey is a Gambian entrepreneur now living in Denmark. He is a serial idea generator and business developer. His never say die attitude has made him delve into businesses ranging from starting an Agro-Forestry export company in West Africa, to facilitating deals on behalf of of Chinese investors in West Africa.

His belief in a future where people have access to understanding their genetic predispositions towards things like sports injuries, their muscle recovery time, their unique stamina profiles led him to start a company called AthGene.
The startup uses DNA technology to interpret users gene variations, to provide them with knowledge about their ideal sleep patterns, salt, fat, and carbohydrate sensitivity.

AthGene is on a mission to help change the way people think about their diet and fitness by providing the public with access to interpretations of their specific gene variants so that they may be better informed as to how they can more efficiently try to lead a healthy and balanced lifestyle.

Although he has spent most of my time over the past few years away from home (The Gambia), he still has a burning passion for his country, as well as the continent as a whole. He believes that the only way Africa will achieve its full potential, is through the collective efforts of Africans having a positive impact on the continent, as well as in the world.

Click to listen to our conversation with Yusufa.

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