Affordable technology-powered diagnostics for Africa

Ilara Health makes common diagnostics accessible and affordable to the 500 million people in Africa who today struggle to access even basic blood tests.

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We bring tests patients need. Directly to the doctors office.

We partner with companies using robotics and AI to lower the cost of diagnostics, integrate their devices into our tech platform, and sell this bundle to doctors with financing.

Our Solution

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AI and tech-powered diagnostic equipment

Our devices cost a fraction of what typical devices cost and doctors pay only 10-20% upfront with financing partners covering 80-90% via loans.

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Faster access to the tests doctors need

Tests are completed in the doctor’s office with results available in less than 10 minutes.

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Software to digitise the doctor's office

Our software links diagnostic devices with an electronic medical record (EMR) system that records all patient data. It also sends customized health tips and reminders to patients based on their condition.

Benefits for doctors

Better Care:

Optimal treatment guided by evidence

Faster turnaround time:

Results in 10 minutes vs. 1-2 days

More revenue:

Broader test range using FDA/CE-approved devices previously not available

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Benefits for patients

Affordable tests:

Cost less than traditional labs

Faster turnaround time:

Do not spend time and money visiting far away labs

Better quality care:

Patient records are stored for higher quality follow-up visits

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Ilara Health Customer

Dr. Boniface Ndamiano, Bodaki Medical Centre

Ilara Health helped me acquire new diagnostic equipment at a much lower price. I can now offer more tests, make more money and most importantly, offer better care to my patients.

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We focus on what matters

Our diagnostics target the conditions that cause 80% of patient visits to primary care clinics.

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The biggest killers in Africa but are largely preventable with accurate, timely diagnosis and treatment.

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Non-communicable diseases

Diabetes, hypertension and cardiovascular disease affect 20%+ of Kenyan adults.

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Maternal and child care

Africa has the world's worst maternal and newborn health outcomes, but many promising new innovations exist.

Our team

Ilara Health was founded by entrepreneurs and investors with multidisciplinary skills in medicine, distribution, software and sales.

CEO, Co-founder

Emilian Popa

Former MD at Rocket Internet. 10+ years of launching, growing and exiting 20+ tech ventures in Africa and globally. Columbia MBA.

COO, Co-founder

Amaan Banwait

Former GM of Werlabs (diagnostics start-up in the UK), HIV scale up at the Clinton Foundation, Bain consultant. Wharton MBA.

Chief Medical Officer, Co-founder

Dr. William Cherniak

Emergency physician and entrepreneur focused on global-public health. Working in systems development, implementation science and innovative technologies.

Tech Director

Sam Wilks

Former Technical Director and Director of Product at Maisha Meds and Software Engineer at PowerGen. Computer Science at the University of Waterloo.

VP Sales

Hannes Eckmayr

Former Sales VP for Pawame (Kenyan off-grid solar company); has built 150+ people sales teams in difficult geographies. MSc & BSc.

Medical Director

Dr. Matiko Riro

Kenyan doctor, former consultant to World Bank, Lancet Labs, Kenya’s Ministry of Health. MD, MSc, PhD Candidate.


Institutional Investors

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A brief intro - just a few paragraphs so that potential new ones can get more familiar.

Investors / Advisors

Esther Dyson
23andMe, Yandex, Meetup
Nijhad Jamal
Moja Capital, ex BlackRock, Acumen
Aadil Mamujee
Musha Ventures
Selma Ribica
AfricInvest, Lebara Money, M-Pesa
Shakir Merali
LGT Impact, ex Abraaj

Media about Ilara Health

7 Aug 2019

Kenya-based diagnostics startup Ilara Health raises $735k

Nairobi-based healthtech startup Ilara Health has raised $735 000 in seed funding from a group of angel investors and venture capital (VC) firms.
The angel investors that participated in the deal include Esther Dyson, Nijhad Jamal, Aadil Mamujee, former director of the Africinvest Innovation Fund Selma Ribica and Shakir Merali...

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7 Aug 2019

Ilara Health raises $735k to deliver affordable diagnostic services in Kenya

Nairobi-based Ilara Health, that’s working to make healthcare diagnostics services more accessible, affordable and accurate in Africa, has raised $735,000 in a seed round with participation from local and foreign venture capital firms.The investment round has participation from Nairobi-based...

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Disrupt Africa
20 Aug 2019

Meet the Investor: Emilian Popa

When Disrupt Africa reported last week on the US$735,000 seed funding round raised by Kenyan e-health startup Ilara Health, the name of the company’s chief executive officer (CEO) may have been a little familiar to many.Best known in recent years for his investment activities, Emilian Popa is also an entrepreneur in his own right, with more than 10 years of experience launching...

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Business Daily
18 Aug 2019

Diagnostics firm gets Sh75.8m funding

Ilara Health has raised Sh75.8 million in seed funding from local and foreign venture capital firms for local expansion. Nairobi-based healthcare diagnostics company Ilara Health has raised Sh75.8 million in seed funding from local and foreign venture capital firms for local expansion. Founded last year, Ilara Health says it sources tech-powered diagnostic equipment...

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8 Aug 2019

Kenya’s Healthtech Startup Ilara Raises USD 735 K To Push Affordable Dignostics

Affordable medicine is a miracle still in its African infancy. One of the companies pushing this turnaround for the continent is Ilara, a healthtech startup based in Nairobi. The firm has raised a seed round of USD 735 K from foreign and local investors. The new investment saw the participation...

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7 Aug 2019

Ilara Health secures seed funding for pay-as-you-go diagnostic devices.

The Kenyan startup helps doctors and their patients access affordable health diagnostic equipment with installment payments. It raised $735,000 from ShakaVC, Chandaria Capital, Villgro Kenya, and a group of angel investors.

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