George Njoroge, Ph.D., has been awarded over 100 patents for his work in cancer and immunology research and discovery. Although all of Njoroge’s patents and accomplishments were all in the United States, a quick search online reveals media coverage largely from African publishers. This weekend the scientist will be honored with the Pioneer Award for Impact in Science and Medicine at Face2Face Africa’s FACE List Awards.
With over 30 years of experience in research, Njoroge is currently a senior research fellow at global pharmaceutical corporation Lilly. He was formerly a director in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry at Merck Research Laboratories where he oversaw chemistry program in infectious diseases platform. Through research leadership at Merck, an anti-HCV viral drug Victrelis™ (also known as Boceprevir or SCH 503034) was discovered. This medicine was approved by the FDA on May 13, 2011, as the first-in-class therapy for Hepatitis C treatment and is currently in the market.
Set to begin Thursday, July 12 at the Metropolitan West, the weekend kicks off with the Pan-African Women’s Forum (PAWF), which is in its second year. PAWF will provide the platform for attendees to engage and network with groundbreaking and industrious women.
The Women’s Forum will be followed by the IAAPA Networking, Business and Career Expo on the second day of the PAW. The expo will connect Pan-African professionals and local businesses through exhibitions, networking, interactive breakout sessions, and more. The weekend will wrap up on Saturday, July 14 with the FACE List Awards—where leaders who have had tremendous impact on the Pan-African community are recognized for their achievements.
“At Face2face Africa, our mission is to change the Pan-African narrative and establish innovate platforms to help foster a more unified and empowered black diaspora community,” said Sandra Appiah, CEO of Face2Face Africa. “The FACE List Awards gala is just one of the ways we do this each year. We highlight the contributions of people of African descent by celebrating and honoring modern-day pioneers and trailblazers who are making an impact in the world.”
Njoroge, along with three other nominees, will be honored at the FACE List Awards. Gregg Bishop, the commissioner for New York City’s Department of Small Business Services (SBS) who is charged with running the city’s agency focused on equity of opportunity that leads to self-sufficiency and mobility for New York’s diverse communities, will receive the Community Development Award.
Rev. Dr. DeForest B. Soaries Jr., who has served as the senior pastor for First Baptist Church of Lincoln Gardens (FBCLG) for the past 27 years in Somerset, New Jersey, will receive the Pioneer Award for Impact in Advocacy and Community Development. Millen Magese, world-renowned fashion model and humanitarian, will be awarded the 2018 Global Ambassador for her significant contributions to charities such as the Tanzania Education Trust, African Rainforest Conservancy, and the MacDella Cooper Foundation. She has also established the Millen Magese foundation to empower women and girls of Tanzania.
An organization devoted to being the voice of the voice of the emergent generation of African descendants, Face2Face Africa established the FACE List Awards in 2011 as a platform to acknowledge, celebrate, and honor the outstanding achievements of Africans and Africans in the diaspora who are contributing toward a more dynamic and advanced global community.
For more information on registering to attend visit paw.face2faceAfrica.com.