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Ghanaian Sproxil ranks world’s 7th Most Innovative Company, beating Apple, Google, Microsoft

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Ashifi Gogo is founder of Sproxil
Ashifi Gogo is founder of Sproxil

A start-up company founded by Ghanaian-born Dr Ashifi Gogo, Sproxil, has beaten top global brands such as Apple and Google in the 2013 Top 50 Most Innovative Companies list published February 11, 2013.

The 50-company-list released by US magazine Fast Company ranked Sproxil the 7th innovative company worldwide ahead of Coca-Cola and Microsoft.

Sproxil has developed software for detecting fake pharmaceuticals and according to the US magazine, the company made the list “for sticking it to anyone selling fraudulent goods”.

Sproxil’s technology capitalizes on technologies that already exist and are readily accessible and easily understood by all levels of society – namely cellular phone SMS capabilities and scratch-off lottery-style labels.

The company‘s services allow end consumers to verify with a simple free text message that they are not purchasing counterfeit medication. It will also allow Nigerians to verify the authenticity of a crucial anti-malaria drug.

“By the beginning of 2012, two years after the first stickered bottles went out, the system had been used one million times; seven months later, the number was two million. Now Sproxil is expanding into other fields and discovering that customers for all sorts of products are eager to confirm that they got what they paid for, from agricultural goods to auto parts to the copper in electric wires,” Fast Company said.

Sproxil made its first cross-national collaboration between India and Nigeria in September 2011.

Nike topped the list as the most innovative company, followed by Amazon. Fast Company explains that the 50 companies were named due to their innovations having the greatest impacts across their industries.

Full list: Top 50 Most Innovative Companies

01_Nike
02_Amazon
03_Square
04_Splunk
05_Fab
06_Uber
07_Sproxil
08_Pinterest
09_Safaricom
10_Target
11_Google
12_Airbnb
13_Apple
14_The Coca-Cola Co.
15_Pig Newton
16_Tencent
17_Samsung
18_Buzzfeed
19_Online Fashion
20_SeeChange Health
21_Oxitec
22_Electric Cars
23_SodaStream
24_OpenGamma
25_D-Rev
26_Rovio
27_Ford
28_Western Governors University
29_Droga5
30_Yelp
31_BitTorrent
32_Software
33_Nest
34_Biotech
35_Oktogo
36_Corning
37_NBA
38_Landwasher
39_Evernote
40_Coursera
41_Activision
42_Roku
43_Enalta
44_Robotics
45_Kiip
46_PPR
47_Angelist
48_Microsoft
49_Qcue
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By Ekow Quandzie

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3 comments

  1. Whoop whoop, Ghana this is what I want to be seeing. We should aim at getting the top spot ! Well done and congratulations to the innovator!

  2. IS ABOUT TIME AND WE AS NATION CAN DO IT. WE BEEN BEHIND FOR SO LONG AND SOME OF THIS NONSE MUST STOP SOONER THE BETTER. THEY TOLD US MANY TIMES THAT WE ARE NOT SMART AND IN TODAY’S WORLD IS MORE REAVILING THAN EVER. THIS WILL CONTINUE, LET US CONTINUE TO EDUCATE OUR CHILDREN INCLUDING ICT

  3. “Ayeeko, Ayeeko Anyemi Gogo” Thanks for achieving this for humanity. I believe we can do more if we collaborate with one another, doing away with self-seeking attitude.
    Congratulation