Pharm. Bolade Soremekun is the founder and CEO of Bolar Pharmaceuticals Limited. A multi-talented CEO, he presides over several organisations, includinge: BAS Consulting Ltd, a renewable energy consulting and capacity building firm; Rubitec Solar, a renewable energy company; and Rubitec Power, a provider of gas generators for the local market in partnership with German partners, 2G-Africa. Mr Soremekun is also the founder of IREC-Africa, a renewable energy NGO.
Born on 31 May, 1957 into the family of Mr and Mrs Soremekun in Kuto, Abeokuta, Ogun state, Nigeria, he had his elementary and secondary school education in the gateway state, before proceeding to the prestigious University of Ife (now Obafemi Awolowo University) where he bagged his B.Pharm degree in 1978.
Soon after, he went outside the shores of the country, to the New York University in search of advanced knowledge in business administration, and he graduated with an MBA degree in 1983.
An astute pharmacist, Soremekun has garnered over two decades of experience, locally and internationally, from multinational organisations like Johnson and Johnson; Glaxo Smithkline, and others. He was head of the pharma division of Glaxo Smithkline up till May 1996, where he was in charge of Nigeria and Anglophone West Africa, before he moved to take over Bolar Pharmaceuticals Limited, which he had established earlier.
A nature enthusiast with a deep passion for human wellness, Soremekun specialises in the use of natural resources such as herbal treatment for the overall wellness of mankind, as well as the use of the sun as a means of renewable energy to produce electricity.
Soremekun established Bolar Pharmaceuticals in 1984, for the purpose of marketing, importation and distribution of pharmaceuticals and consumer healthcare products.
Bolar Pharma, which commenced retail operations in 1987, witnessed a boom in 1990 as it commenced distribution and wholesaling activities. A year later, it began importation of Zeneca and other pharmaceutical products. The company’s focus is on innovator brands, such as drugs for hepatitis, sickle cell, stroke, immune system, cancer, skin and eye health.
Bolar Pharma also has a unique position in Nigeria through provision of consulting services in Regulatory Affairs with NAFDAC for several companies, both local and international.
A firm believer in the power of networking, Pharm. Bolade Soremekun is a member of several associations and committees, including Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria, Pharmacist Council of Nigeria, NAIP, NIROPHARM, Council for Renewable Energy in Nigeria (deputy president), NAIP, REAN (Renewable Energy Association of Nigeria), Alliance for Rural Electrification (ARE), American Council of Renewable Energy (ACORE), Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP); Methane to Markets Partnership (M2M) and Africa Renewable Energy Alliance (AREA).
He is married to Mrs Caroline A. Soremekun and they are blessed with three children.