Maurice Mmaduakolam Iwu is the President of Bioresources Development Group (BDG), an
independent biosciences research and development organization that cultivates, processes and
produces medicines and cosmetics from natural products. Member of the Board of Directors of
Neimeth International Pharmaceuticals Plc.

He was a Professor of Pharmacognosy at the University of Nigeria Nsukka, and a Senior Research Associate at the Division of Experimental Therapeutics of Walter Reed Army Institute of Research, Washington D.C. He was the Vice
President, Research and Development at Tom’s of Maine (a personal care manufacturing company in Maine, U.S. A.)

He attended the School of Pharmacy, University of Bradford, Bradford, England where he obtained a Master of Pharmacy Degree and Ph.D. in Pharmacognosy. He attended the Leadership and Strategy in Pharmaceuticals and Biotech Course (Course 10) at the Harvard Business School, Boston (USA). He was awarded the Doctor of Letters degree (Honoraris Causa) of Imo State University (2009). He is the Chairman of the Herbal Pharmacopeia Review Committee of the Federal Ministry of Health. He is a member of the African Union’s African Regional Organization for Standardization (ARSO) Technical Committee on Traditional Medicine and the Chairman of its National Mirror Committee in Nigeria. Prof.

Iwu has received many academic and professional honours among which are the World Health Organization (WHO) Visiting Scholar to the Dyson Perrins Laboratory, University of Oxford (1980), Fulbright Senior Scholar Award (Ohio State University, Columbus Ohio and the Department of Chemistry, Columbia University, New York (1983); Senior Research Scholar Award, U.S. National Research Council, Washington D.C. (1993 – 1995) and the Richard
Schultz International Prize for Ethnobiology (1999). Prof. Iwu has presented over 300 scientific papers, published more than 200 research articles and is the author of six books, including:“Handbook of African Medicinal Plants”, (Taylor and Francis, First Edition 1994; Second Edition 2014); “Food as Medicine – Functional Food Plants of Africa”, (2016), and Healing Plants of Nigeria – Ethnomedicine and Therapeutic Applications (Taylor and Francis, Boca Raton, Fl. 2020 co-author). Prof. Maurice Iwu is the Chairman of Imo State Taskforce on Covid – 19. And Member Anambra State Committee on Covid -19.

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