EF is proud to announce the $115 Million first close of its new Global Fund. This will allow us to continue funding even more incredible individuals from all over the world to build game changing companies. Joanne Kanaan is the co-founder of Omini, which develops portable blood tests that remove the delay in classical laboratory tests, helping doctors save lives by making faster and more accurate decisions.
Technology is a double edged sword. At its worst it has the power to disconnect us from each other and to end lives. But at its best it has the power to bring us together and to not only improve our lives but to save them at scale. At Entrepreneur First, we know that technology can have unforeseen consequences, but we believe that it is a net positive for the progress of the human race when the people who seek to use it do so with a positive mission. Joanne Kanaan is one such individual and we’re delighted our paths have crossed because she’s now one of the most exciting founders on our first Paris cohort.
Joanne grew up in an eastern suburb of Beirut and was part of a small close knit nuclear family made up of her two parents and her younger brother. Her father was a physicist who worked as an engineer in the plastics industry, while her mother was a biology lab technician. Together they helped form a cohesive family unit that would provide the platform for Joanne to go on and achieve great things in her education and career – but they came together in less than ideal circumstances, meeting when her mother had to move school to be closer to the hospital treating her for an injury suffered because of the violence during the Lebanese civil war.