Pharm. Bayo Adepoju is the Managing Director/CEO, Bezaleel Healthcare Limited, a consultancy firm, specialising in sales and marketing of pharmaceutical and healthcare products.
Born on 8 February, 1966, Adepoju is a native of Okemesi-Ekiti in the present-day Ekiti State. He had his secondary education at Ijaye High School in Ibadan, Oyo State (1979-1984). In 1985, he got admission to study Pharmacy at the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile- Ife, where he graduated in 1989. Some years after, he got a Master’s degree in Business Administration (2001-2003) from Ondo State University, Akungba Akoko.
Adepoju had his internship at the University College Hospital, Ibadan (1989-1990), where he won the hospital’s best Intern Pharmacist Award. In fulfillment of the National Youth Service Corps (NYSC) programme, he was posted, 1991, to the School of Health Technology, Kaduna, to teach Chemistry and Pharmacology, among other courses.
Between 1992 and 1994, Adepoju worked as Medical Representative with MSD (Associated Pharma Products Limited) Lagos, before travelling to Saudi Arabia to work as community pharmacist with Uml-Qura Pharmacy, Misfala, Makkah (1994-1995).
On his return to Nigeria in 1995, the Bezaleel Healthcare boss took up an appointment as Superintendent Pharmacist/Part-time Lecturer at the University of Agriculture, Abeokuta and left in 1997 to join Grunenthal (Bolar Pharmaceuticals Limited) in Ikeja, Lagos, as pharma sales supervisor.
In 2001, Adepoju moved to Fidson Healthcare, Ringroad, Ibadan, as divisional manager. By 2003, he had risen to become the company’s national sales manager in a period that saw Fidson’s sales increased by 400 per cent in four years. His last appointment was with Sequoia Pharma Limited, Oshodi, Lagos, where he acted in the capacity of the managing director between 2008 and 2011, before the idea of starting his own private practice gradually crept into his mind. Adepoju commenced his dream business – Bezaleel Healthcare Limited – in 2012.
Aside from being a national president of Ijaye High School Old Students Association (2011 to date) and former general secretary of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Ogun State chapter (1995-1997), the pharmacist is also a member of National Association of Industrial Pharmacists (NAIP).
Among his numerous professional honours are Pharmacist of Excellence 2006 (awarded by PSN Ekiti State); Distinguished Pharmacist 2007 (awarded by ACPN Ogun state) and Platinum Mentor 2008 (awarded by PSN Abuja).
The pharmacist is married with children.