After 30 years in the United States Of America, a Kenyan scientist Dr George Njoroge jetted back in the country with a project worth 20 Billion.
In December 2019, Njoroge quit his job with the intention of launching his project in the country. His experience in the manufacturing sector fueled his ambition to set up a research and drug facility centre at the heart of Naivasha.
His project titled; Centre of Africa’s Life Sciences (COALS) is expected to boost a convention and leadership centre, an innovation and botanical garden, drug manufacturing, university of life science college of pharmacy as well as a cancer research and management centre.
Speaking to the media, Dr Njoroge mentioned that the project was already rolled out and the county government of Nakuru committed to supporting his works.
“We have already started the work, which is building road networks so that the project can start immediately,” he said
He also highlighted his expected outcomes of his initiative noting that the aim of the project is to have a positive impact in the biotechnology sector and also trigger a revolution in the research sector.
“We intend to establish an enterprise where top scientists across the world and their entrepreneurial counterparts will converge to foster a relationship that will culminate in innovating the best life science products that will benefit humankind,” Njoroge stated
This initiative will be of benefit to Kenyans considering that its long-term goal is to discover new medicine that will cater to the unmet needs of the Kenyan population and beyond.
Apart from its contribution in the health sector, this project will equally create job opportunities for Kenyans.
Dr Njoroge is not only celebrated for his contribution to the health and research sector but has over the years earned global recognition from his works.
Other of his achievements include;
He was honoured for being the first African scientist to receive a grant of over 100 patents by the American Patent and Trade Office.
Dr Njoroge was also honoured for discovering drugs that are currently used for the treatment of cancer and other life-threatening diseases.
The researcher is also set to receive another award in April 2020 from his alma mater, Cape Western Reserve University, for his exemplary work in research.