EXCITATION AT MKU AS ITS HONORARY DOCTOR BECOMES THE FIRST TO BE GRANTED 100 PATENTS
A US-based Kenyan researcher has made history as the first African to be granted more than 100 patents by the US Patent and Trade Office.
Dr Frank George Njoroge, senior research fellow at Eli Lilly and Company and a Director of Research at Merck Research Laboratories, attained the hallmark with a new discovery of novel molecules used in treating viral infections.
Dr. Njoroge says Africa has the brain power to lead global research in communicable and non-communicable diseases. “It is ironic that our continent lags behind in drug research, yet it is the most in need and is endowed with the necessary raw materials,” he said.
He holds a PhD in Organic Chemistry from Case Western Reserve University in Ohio, USA. He also holds a Masters degree in Chemistry from the same university and a Bachelors degree from Nairobi University. He completed his ‘A’ levels at Thika High School in 1975. He was also awarded an honorary Doctor of Pharmacy degree by Mount Kenya University in 2014.
In addition to the more than 100 patents, Dr. Njoroge has authored and co-authored over 120 scientific publications.
Congratulations Dr. Njoroge, you have made Africans Proud