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 doctor's 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.

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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Kevin Otieno

Director Umoja 3 Medical Centre

I was able to acquire a diagnostic device at a lower cost through their installment plan. I'm now offering more tests and better health care within my community through Ilara Health

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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.

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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.

Head of Strategy

Maximilian Mancini

Ex-Lazard Healthcare M&A. Columbia University BA.

Co-founder and COO

Sameer Afzal Farooqi

Ex-Careem (acquired by Uber), Ex-Daraz (Alibaba Group), Former Senior Analyst at S&P Global, Analytics MBA at the University of Iowa


Sam Wilks

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

Head of Sales

Cyndi Levendale

10+ years experience in building sales teams and strategies in Cape Town, London and Ireland with a real passion for training and development. Former Head of Sales for Groupon South Africa.

Head of Labs

Dr. Angela de Poli

Previously project lead at the Dutch National Blood Bank. PhD in nanoscience at Aarhus University. Alumna Marie Skłodowska Curie Action program.


Institutional Investors

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

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

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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15 Dec 2020

Ilara Health, a Kenya-based health tech startup has raised $3.75-million in a Series A funding round led by TLcom Capital with contribution from DOB Equity, Global Ventures, and Chandaria Capital...

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22 Oct 2020

Ilara Health, a Kenya-based health tech startup has received $1.1-million in grant funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. The funding will be used to improve maternal health outcomes in the country...

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Whether you have a question about our devices, software, need a demo, or anything else, our team is ready to answer all your questions.

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