Oshiorenoya Agabi is a Nigerian tech geek who aims to make the globe safer and its population healthier with a neurotechnology device. Agabi will be the first to invent a device that can detect explosives and cancer cells. The founder of the startup named the device Koniku Kore, a name that originates from the Yoruba language. Koniku, which means ‘immortal’, started in 2015 and has already raised $8 million in revenue, according to the founder.
Agabi is the first to fuse live neurons from mice stem cells into a silicon chip. Silicon Valley-based Agabi unveiled his invention at TEDGlobal conference in Tanzania recently and says it could one day revolutionize airport security, enabling travellers “to walk from their car to the aircraft.” Agabi’s invention is a big answer to the challenge of insecurity which plagues the globe.
The invention could also be used to sniff out illnesses in the same way dogs can detect cancerous cells via smells. Moreover, explosives have particles and smell that come off the individual and with the device you can tell, without requiring line of sight or contact, you can scan them at the time at a place of your own choosing and you can get into an aircraft and go about your business.
As a nerdy kid, Agabi grew up in the suburb of Surulere in Lagos, Nigeria and obtained a Bachelors degree in Physics from the University of Lagos. He has since then advanced his studies in physics and neuroscience in Sweden and Switzerland.