Laboratories are at the heart of iLEAD’s mission. Our innovation pipeline is aimed at the full value chain linked to the laboratory and clinic interface. This ensures that patients receive the clinical value that laboratory diagnostics can offer.  In line with this mission, iLEAD has a variety of laboratories and facilities within our network that enable clinical trials and validations, allow research and development inputs into innovation and supply access to sophisticated techniques and skills to drive the best outcomes and the highest real-world impact. A secondary mandate of our network is to foster knowledge dissemination and the development of an innovation culture amongst our African and global stakeholders, with the aim of securing a better healthcare outcome for all. Our network of state-of-the-art laboratories are ideal platforms to deliver on our goals and mission.

iLEAD South African Laboratories

The iLEAD core laboratory facility is based in Johannesburg, South Africa. It provides the following specialist facilities:

  • Bio-Safety Level 3 TB lab
  • Molecular Biology Lab
  • General Laboratory (Clinical Chemistry, Immunochemistry and Haematology)
  • Research and Development Laboratory
  • PBMC Laboratory
  • H3Africa Biorepository
  • General Clinical Trial Biorepository

This site is supported by additional laboratories within the greater Johannesburg area, with the following facilities:

  • Research and Development Laboratories at the University of the Witwatersrand’s Medical School
  • HIV Viral Load and Genotyping Service Laboratories
  • Immunohaematology and Immunophenotyping Laboratories
  • Department of Chemical Pathology Laboratories 

iLEAD Senegal Laboratories

iLEAD’s network partner in Senegal has the following specialist laboratory facilities in Dakar at the Institute for Health Research, Epidemiological Surveillance and Training (IRESSEF):

  • Immunology (PBMC, Flow Cytometry, ELISA, Quantiferon TB Gold, ELISPOT, Luminex)
  • Molecular Biology
  • Virology
  • Bio-Safety Level 3 TB Lab
  • Mycobacteriology laboratory
  • Upcoming laboratory for Omics and Bioinformatics
  • General Laboratory (Clinical Chemistry, Immunochemistry, Haematology, Biochemistry, Bacteriology)
  • Proficiency Testing Lab on Early Infant Diagnosis and Viral Load
  • Biobank
  • Maintenance and metrology

iLEAD Mozambique Laboratories

iLEAD’s network partner in Mozambique has the following specialist laboratory facilities in Maputo at the Instituto Nacional de Saúde (INS):

  • Cellular Immunology (Flow Cytometry, ICS, FCLPA, ELISPOT, PBMC Isolation)
  • Serology lab (ELISA, Western blot)
  • Parasitology lab (Molecular Parasitology, Microscopy)
  • Virus Isolation
  • Molecular Virology (EID, Virus viral load)
  • TB Reference Laboratory
  • Microbiology