Dr. Solomon Nwaka
Retired: Director of Drug Discovery at the Medicines for Malaria Venture
Dr. Solomon Nwaka’s scientific and management career spans different public and international organizations, biopharmaceutical industry and public-private partnership in several countries including the USA, Canada, Germany, Japan, Belgium, Italy, Switzerland and Nigeria. Presently, he is the leader of drug discovery for infectious tropical diseases, and innovation for product development in developing countries at the Special Programme for Research and training in Tropical Diseases, World Health Organization, Geneva Switzerland.
Prior to joining WHO, he was the Director of Drug Discovery at the Medicines for Malaria Venture (MMV), a public-private partnership. He also worked as a Senior Scientist and member of the management team at a Canadian Biopharmaceutical company.
He has published broadly on drug R&D, public-private partnerships, as well as innovative models to stimulate health product R&D and access in developing countries. He hold a PhD with emphasis in molecular biology and biochemistry, and remains interested in capacity development for product R&D in developing countries. He has received several fellowships/awards and serve in a number of Scientific Editorial and Advisory Boards