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Empowering Labs, Transforming Lives: Unlocking the future of diagnostics in Africa

Roche Diagnostics

Tuesday 23rd April | 12:00 pm

 Meeting room 2A 


Roche Diagnostics invites leading experts from laboratories, public health, and clinical fields to an hour long session to share insights into our commitment to strengthening diagnostics across the continent. 

Today 47% of the global population — 81% of whom reside in low and lower-middle income countries — have little or no access to diagnostics, according to the Lancet Commission. s workshop is designed to provide a comprehensive introduction to the field of robotic surgery. Through a combination of demonstrations, simulator sessions, hands-on practice, and a round table discussion with robotic experts, participants will gain a thorough understanding of this innovative surgical technology.

This session aims to highlight the importance of strengthening laboratory networks through a testing continuum from point of care to reference laboratories in a laboratory and broader healthcare ecosystem. 

Through a panel discussion, we will explore perspectives and views of the panelists considering the challenges, the opportunities as well as reported experiences from the laboratory perspective in supporting and delivering diagnostic solutions within the healthcare system.


  • Share Roche’s 10 year Diagnostic strategy and ambition to accelerate access to high quality IVDs on the continent
  • Provide a high level view of Roche’s portfolio approach considering patient centered care and disease management
  • Bring insights into Roche’s capabilities beyond the portfolio to support strengthening of laboratory networks and diagnostics including capacity building, consultancy & technical expertise, policy & advocacy as well as medical insights 
  • Learn from the experiences of lab professional from across the continent and their expertise in providing diagnostic services and how they have worked with Roche as a partner supporting their efforts
  • Create an opportunity for Q&A and networking with colleagues to foster further best practice sharing 


12:00-12:10: Opening Remarks: Strengthening Diagnostics in West Africa

12:10-12:20: Evolving from a product focus to patient cantered care and disease management solutions

12:20-12:50: Panel Discussion: Commitment to Strengthening Diagnostic Laboratory Systems

12:50-13:00: Audience Q&A and Closing Remarks 


Roberto Taboada
Network Head Anglo West Africa
Roche Diagnostics  

Roberto Taboada is the Head of the Anglo West African network at Roche Diagnostics and is based in Lagos, Nigeria

Roberto’s role as a member of the Roche Diagnostics Africa leadership team is focused on driving Roche investments in Africa through engagement with national, regional and global stakeholders to drive access to quality diagnostics.


Rennie Naidoo
Head of Marketing & Core lab
Roche Diagnostics Southern Africa 

Rennie Naidoo is currently the Head of Marketing for Roche Diagnostics in in English speaking Southern, East and West Africa.

Rennie has extensive experience in the healthcare industry having spent more than 25  years in pharmaceutical and diagnostics areas of healthcare.

He began his experience in pharmaceuticals  at Novartis in 1999 and has held several increasing leadership roles both in Africa and globally at Novartis and later at Novo Nordisk. He has worked in Marketing, sales as well as early to late stage drug development. He has extensive experience across multiple disease areas and has a strong passion for addressing non communicable diseases. In 2020,the height of the covid  Rennie decided to make the bold move from therapeutics to diagnostics. 

Rennie focusses his  marketing efforts in implementing sustainable commercial strategies and  designing programs and strategies to address patient unmet needs. Improving patient outcomes is a strong passion for Rennie, having spent several years in his early career as a healthcare professional in a clinical environment.