Frontlines of Health

LifeBank

Combining data, smart logistics, and technology to deliver life-saving medical products

Team Lead

Temie Giwa-Tubosun

Hear the Pitch

The Problem 

Every year in African hospitals, thousands of people die because essential medical supplies could not be found on time and in the right condition. In Nigeria, the unavailability of blood is a major contributor to this issue.

Nigeria’s blood shortage results from a combination of supply and logistics issues. Not enough Nigerians donate blood. When blood is available, there is limited information about its quantity, type, and quality; and it is often transported without proper cold chain refrigeration, leaving it vulnerable to bacterial proliferation.  

The Solution 

By combining data, smart logistics, and technology, LifeBank more efficiently links blood suppliers with health centers—reducing inventory waste, increasing timeliness of blood delivery to patients, while maintaining quality control standards.

LifeBank’s donor app makes it easy for people to donate blood, and it is currently the largest known digital database of voluntary blood donors in Nigeria. Once requested, LifeBank’s smart logistics system delivers blood to hospitals in less than 45 minutes in a WHO Blood Transfusion Safety compliant cold chain, so it arrives in the right condition.

LifeBank is also developing a blockchain-powered product, SmartBag, that records and preserves manufacturing, supply, and safety information of cold chain-dependent medical products like blood.

Market Opportunity

  • Nigeria’s estimated blood demand is 1.8 million pints annually.
  • LifeBank currently sells to 240 public and private health centers, and anticipates expanding in Lagos, Abuja, and other major cities, which comprise the majority of Nigeria’s 23,640 public and private health centers.
  • Few solutions address blood shortages in sub-Saharan Africa; by targeting both logistics and supply, LifeBank’s solution is proactive and sustainable.

Organization Highlights

Existing Partnerships

LifeBank’s major funders have been Co-Creation Hub, an innovation center in Lagos, and Echo VC, a local venture capital firm. Additional partners include:

  • Lagos State Blood Transfusion Service
  • Lagos University Teaching Hospital hematology departments
  • Lagos State University Teaching Hospital

Organization Goals

LifeBank will continue to expand its capabilities to safely supply critical medical products beyond blood, like oxygen and vaccines. To continue to scale, LifeBank will:

  • Generate revenue from logistics fees on a sliding scale that averages $8 per unit of blood
  • Garner sales from SmartBag Tag
  • Implement subscription fees for an inventory management application
  • Effect service fees for digitizing donor records of health ministries

Partnership Goals

To reach the goals mentioned above, LifeBank seeks partnerships to:

  • Expand its product suite to include oxygen and vaccines
  • Improve AI platform to better predict medical needs
  • Partner with pharmaceutical companies to pilot the use of delivery service to store manufacturing, distribution, and safety information of cold chain dependent medicines

Stats

Within one year, LifeBank will directly affect 7,000 lives in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Solver Team

Organization Type:
For-profit

Headquarters:
Lagos, Nigeria

Stage:
Growth

Working in:
Nigeria 

Employees:
20+

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