Lilly Scientist Sets Down Deep Roots

Lilly scientists are at the heart of research and drug discovery, each of them empowered with unique stories of what motivates them to discover novel therapies.

Growing up in rural Kenya, George Njoroge, Ph.D., senior research fellow in drug discovery at Lilly, watched his grandmother, an herbal medicine doctor, use plants and other natural remedies to help her patients. Her practice was highly regarded among the community, and as a young boy, the prospect of solving complex problems to help others inspired Njoroge to pursue a career in medical science.

Now, years later, Njoroge still attributes his fascination with drug discovery to his childhood years in Africa. In fact, Njoroge says the only other thing he’s done in life that was more interesting than drug discovery was raising a baby!

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