Equipment Donation

Building Infrastructure and Advancing Research

Through its Equipment Donation Program, BVGH places gently-used laboratory equipment sourced from biopharmaceutical companies at biomedical research institutions in Africa. These donated equipment are instrumental to building local drug discovery capacity and in-country expertise.

BVGH manages all aspects of the Equipment Donation Program including:

  • Profiling R&D projects and identifying key laboratory equipment needs of research centers in Africa
  • Matching participating biopharmaceutical companies’ gently-used equipment with the needs of African research centers
  • Liaising between companies and research centers to support shipping logistics
  • Ensuring laboratory equipment is properly installed and research center staff are adequately trained in the equipment’s use and maintenance
  • Tracking outcomes and impacts of donated laboratory equipment

BVGH received six analytical high performance liquid chromatography (HPLC) systems from Merck & Co., Inc. and ChemStation software to run the systems from Agilent Technologies. After reviewing the African research organizations in its network, BVGH identified four institutions - University of Buea, Cameroon; Noguchi Memorial Institute for Medical Research (NMIMR), Ghana; Kumasi Centre for Collaborative Research in Tropical Medicine (KCCR), Ghana; and National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research & Development (NIPRD), Nigeria - that would benefit from access to these HPLCs and coordinated the placement of the laboratory systems at these sites.

An HPLC system is an essential analytical tool for natural product drug discovery. Researchers at KCCR, NIPRD, NMIMR, and the University of Buea focus on the discovery of new drugs – especially those derived from natural sources – to treat many of the infectious diseases endemic to Africa. The donated HPLC system has enabled the research centers to characterize the composition of plant and microbial extracts with anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, or anti-parasitic properties.

Researcher at the University of Buea using the donated HPLC system

For more information, please email Amy Starr at