Dr. Henry Omoregie EGHAREVBA was born on Sunday the 13th day of June 1971 in the ancient city of Benin, Edo State, Nigeria, to the family of Mr. Paul Enagbonro Egharevba and Mrs. Helen Aghaku Egharevba. He attended Ore-oghene primary school and Baptist High School Benin city for primary and secondary education, respectively, and graduated in 1982 and 1987, respectively. He obtained a Bachelor of Science (Hons.) Degree in Biochemistry, in Second Class upper-division, in 1992 from the University of Benin, Benin City, Edo State, Nigeria, after being the University’s scholar and winner of the prise for the “Best 300L student in Biochemistry” in 1991. 

He began his professional career as a Production Chemist at Century Dyes & Chemical (CDC), Agbara, Lagos, in 1995, after his National Youth Service Corp (NYSC) at Ariforce Boys Military School Jos, Plateau State in 1993. CDC was a division of the multinational conglomerate, Churchgate Group, and was the only textile dyes producing company in sub-Saharan Africa. As a pioneer staff, he was responsible for the supervision of production processes including industrial-scale reaction processes, packaging of finished products, operation of 30m tall automated Spray-Drying Facility, Effluent Treatment Plant, etc. He was also in-charge of production shift operation from production inventory management, through process reaction to packaging of finished goods. He rose to the Position of a Senior Production Chemist in 1998 after a meritorious service. 

In May 1998, Dr. Egharevba left CDC for Ibachem (Ibafon Chemicals) Limited, now Ibafon Oil Limited, Apapa, Lagos, as a Sales Representative and Product Manager. Ibachem was a multinational company and the Country’s (Nigeria) sole representative for Dow Chemical Company of the United States of America for the sale/distribution of polyurethane chemicals, such as polyols, TDI, and other pharmaceutical, cosmetic and polymer products such as propylene glycol, break-fluids, base oil for lubricants, master batched, and plastics raw materials (HDPE, LDPE, PP raffia, carbon black), etc. At Ibachem, he was responsible for sales planning, product sourcing, sales and distribution management, etc. He was also responsible for the management of storage and haulage facilities for specialised chemicals and petroleum products such as concentrated sulphuric acid, base oil, AGO, DPK, etc, as well as production planning for the production of plastic packages and recycling. While at Ibachem, he studied and obtained Masters in Business Administration Degree at the Lagos State University (LASU), Ojo Lagos, in the year 2000/2001 academic session.

His quest for excellence and interest in research and development of healthcare and pharmaceutical products from local resources led him to secure appointment with the National Institute for Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), a Federal Government Parastatal under the Federal Ministry of Health charged with the main responsibilities of developing pharmaceutical raw materials and products from indigenous resources, in 2002. In recognition of his experience and capacities, the then Director General/CEO requested his services and was immediately deployed as Special Assistant to the DG/CEO and Head/Coordinator of NIPRD Consultancy Services, under the office of the Director General/CEO of NIPRD between 2002 and 2009. As the Head of Consultancy, and in addition to his duties as Special Assistant, he was responsible for the strategic planning, annual sales or operational plan and budgetary plan, monitoring and evaluation, inventory management, staff administration and day-to-day operation of the unit. During the period, he studied and obtained Masters of Science (M.Sc.) degree in Analytical Chemistry at the University of Abuja in 2006. He also pioneered the creation and institutionalisation of the new NIPRD Cooperative Society in 2007, and became the First President of the Society.

In recognition of his sterling personality, excellent performance and great contribution to the achievement of the Institute’s mandates, he was awarded “Best Staff Award” in the office of the Director General/CEO in 2008. This was the first and only time such award was held in the Institute. In the same year, and in order to utilise his research capabilities and strengthen the Department of Medicinal Plant Research and Traditional Medicine (MPR&TM), he was re-designated Research Fellow and redeployed to the Department of Medicinal Plant Research and Traditional Medicine (MPR&TM). He later obtained Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) degree in Organic Chemistry from the University of Abuja in 2012 under the mentorship and supervision of Professor J.I. Okogun and Professor S.K. Okwute. In 2011, while undertaking his Fellowship programme, Dr. Egharevba initiated and established collaboration with Dr. John Igoli of the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK for access to and use of laboratory and scientific equipment at Strathclyde. This collaboration was later formalised by the signing of a memorandum of understanding (MOU) between the management of NIPRD and the University of Strathclyde. In recognition of his administrative and managerial prowess, he was appointed the Head of Department of Medicinal Plant Research and Development in October 2012. A position he held till February 2014 when he proceeded on Sabbatical Leave at the Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK), Nasarawa State Nigeria. While serving as Senior Lecturer on Sabbaticals at the Department of Chemistry, Nasarawa State University Keffi (NSUK), and in order to improve his teaching/mentoring ability, he enrolled for and obtained a Postgraduate Diploma (PGD) degree in Education from the National Teachers’ Institute (NTI) Kaduna in affiliation with the National Open University of Nigeria (NOUN) in 2014/2015 academic session. He also lectured part-time at the Nigerian Turkish-Nile University (NTNU), (now Nile University) Abuja in 2012/13 academic session.

Dr. Egharevba’s main area of expertise is in preclinical drugs development researches which include natural products isolation, compound modification, characterisation and structural elucidation. He also has experiences in structure-activity relation studies, development of analytical methods, phytochemistry and medicinal chemistry. He has skills in project design, proposal development, project protocol development, project monitoring and evaluation tools development and assessment, R&D consulting, R&D planning, traditional/herbal medicine research and development, teaching and mentoring. His research interest is in the area of product development for the management of disease conditions like cancer, tuberculosis (TB), malaria, HIV/AIDS, diabetes, sickle cell disease, skin diseases and fungi diseases, as well as infectious diseases in general. He is also interested in material chemistry, computational chemistry and bioinformatics and nanotechnology research. In addition to the above, Dr. Egharevba is highly proficient in computer application, editing/ critical review, process flow management/technology review, logistics planning, public speaking /presentation, mentoring, team management, monitoring and evaluation, strategic planning and budgeting.

Dr. Egharevba has isolated several organic compounds from plant sources including taraxasterol acetate, pterodondiol, glycosides, sterols, etc. He has over fifty-five (55) scientific publications in international peer-reviewed Journals, and made contributions to technical reports and book chapters.

 

Dr. Egharevba is a member of several professional bodies such a Royal Society of Chemistry (MRSC), UK, Chemical Society of Nigeria (MCSN), and a Member of the Institute of chartered Chemists of Nigeria (ICCON) as well as Editor or Associate Editor of highly reputable peer-reviewed Journals. Dr. Egharevba is the current Head of NIPRD Consultancy Services, Secretary of ANDI Desk West African Regional Hub, and Head of Phytochemistry, Department of Medicinal Plant Research and Traditional Medicine (MPR&TM), all at the National Institute of Pharmaceutical Research and Development (NIPRD), Idu, Abuja. He happily married to Barr. (Mrs.) Joy Omone Egharevba and they are both blessed with four children.