Pharm. (Dr) Michael Oyebanjo Paul is our Personality for April

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Pharm. (Dr) Michael Oyebanjo Paul is the founder and chief executive officer of Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited, a leading manufacturer of quality pharmaceutical products, with headquarters in Lagos.

Born on 4 April, 1948, Pharm. M.O Paul, as he is fondly called, is a native of Ijebu in Ogun State but grew up in the ancient city of Ile-Ife, in Osun State, southwest, Nigeria.

A staunch Christian of the Catholic faith, he had his primary education at SS Peter and Paul Primary School, Ile-Ife, from 1953 to 1959. He had his secondary education at St John’s Grammar School, also in Ile-Ife, where he was one of the pioneer students of the school. He was also one of the best science students in his set. He further attended Federal School of Science, Lagos, from where he proceeded to teach briefly, while waiting for university admission.

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After his A Levels in Lagos, he proceeded to the University of Ife, now Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, where he studied Pharmacy and graduated at the age of 25.

Pharm. Paul is very passionate about pharmaceutical compounding, a passion that deepened during his National Youth Service programme in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, and culminated in his foray into core pharmaceutical manufacturing. Thus, he continues to record giant strides at Mopson Pharmaceutical Limited.

Prior to the establishment of Mopson, the renowned pharmaceutical industrialist and astute administrator, worked with world class pharmaceutical manufacturers, such as Vitabiotics, May and Baker, J L Morrison, SK and F, amongst others.

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A senior advocate of improved business environment for local pharmaceutical manufacturers, M. O. Paul believes that improved infrastructures, affordable and available foreign exchange and policy stability are the bedrock for a vibrant pharmaceutical industry in Nigeria. He was part of the Federal Government delegation sent to India and China to study the development and integration of herbal medicine into pharmaceutical production.

A Fellow of the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN) and many other professional and technical groups, Pharm. Paul, who recently celebrated his 75th birthday, is happily married with children.

The entire Pharmanews team joins his numerous admirers, friends and associates in wishing him a very happy birthday and many more years of happiness and service to the pharmaceutical industry and humanity.

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