Pharm. (Mrs) Osaretin Jaiyeola is the managing director and principal consultant of Fensyl MHP Consulting Limited, a Nigerian-based pharmaceutical consulting company.
An experienced, highly-conscientious regulatory scientist and strategist, with deep knowledge of pharmaceutical regulatory environments across Africa, Jaiyeola has a solid background in multiple therapeutic areas, including vaccines. She also possesses strong negotiation skills, as well as well-developed project management skills.
An alumnus of the prestigious Obafemi Awolowo University, Jaiyeola got her B. Pharm (1979-1984) and a master’s degree in Pharmaceutical Chemistry (1984-1988) from the institution. She also bagged a Master of Science degree in Biotechnology Innovation and Regulatory Science, from the University of Purdue, USA.
Jaiyeola began her career in the pharmaceutical industry in 1991 and rose through the ranks to hold series of senior management roles, with primary focus on the sub-Saharan Africa region. In 2000, she was appointed head of regulatory affairs for Anglophone Africa at GlaxoSmithKline Consumer Nigeria Plc. She eventually rose to the position of director of regulatory affairs for sub-Saharan Africa in 2009.
A key member of two board committees – Audit & Risk and Corporate Governance Monitoring – Jaiyeola provided guidance, insight and oversight to the management team, which contributed to the company’s sustained growth in turnover and share price over an eight-year period, from N8.5 billion in 2005 to N29 million in 2013; and from N10/share to N67/share respectively.
Prior to the GSK mergers/acquisition, Jaiyeola worked on the acquired and merged entities of GSK, as she was the regulatory affairs manager at Smithkline Beecham, where her brief covered products, vaccines, consumer healthcare and pharmaceuticals, as well as regularly interfacing with the federal and state ministries of health.
Aside from her pharmaceutical industry experience, Jaiyeola was involved in pharmaceutical research and practice at Obafemi Awolowo University for seven years, where she worked as an intern pharmacist, graduate assistant and quality assurance officer in the drug research and production unit of the institution.
Jaiyeola has attended various trainings and conferences both within and outside Nigeria. She is a member of various professional bodies, including the Pharmaceutical Society of Nigeria (PSN); Regulatory Affairs Professional Society (RAPS), USA; Organisation of Professionals in Regulatory Affairs (TOPRA) UK; and Drug Information Association (DIA).
She is happily married with children.