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Dr. Marina Aferiba Tandoh and her SMART Cookie Team win the Big Ideas Grand Prize 2022

SMART Cookie Team wins Big Ideas Grand Prize 2022

A team of researchers from the Department of Biochemistry and Biotechnology (Human Nutrition and Dietetics), KNUST, Ghana (Dr. Marina Aferiba Tandoh and Abigail Owusuwa Appiah), together with a team member at the School of Medicine, University of California (UC Irvine) (Daniel Haik), have emerged  the grand prize winners of the just ended 2021/2022 Big Ideas contest held at  California, U S.A.

This annual contest sought to formally recognize and honour extraordinary innovations and achievements in various disciplines.

Dr. Tandoh's team (The SMART Cookie team) presented on their pilot project ' Plant-Based Solutions to Anemia' (a project towards solving nutritional anemia), and they qualified for the first round of the competition out of 200 applications.


They then submitted a full proposal and also qualified for the final stage of 3 competitors. At the final stages of the competition on the 4th of May, 2022, the 'SMART Cookie' Team emerged the grand prize winners (1st Place) of the competition.

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The event was attended by Big Ideas judges, mentors, sponsors, as well as industry representatives, Silicon Valley entrepreneurs, VCs, University officials and others.

Congratulations to the SMART Cookie Team!!!