Born in Somanya, Ghana, George Adjabeng attended the University of Cape Coast in nearby Ghana for his undergraduate studies. Graduating in 2000, he received the Mendell Award for overall top chemistry student. In the fall of 2000, he moved to Brock University (St. Catharines, Canada) where he began his masters’ research with Professor Alfredo Capretta studying new and robust methodologies for palladium-catalyzed, cross-coupling reactions. There, he co-authored five internationally acclaimed articles. He left Brock in the fall of 2003 to pursue a medicinal chemistry career with Roche (Palo Alto, California). At Roche, his research was focused on infectious diseases where he co-authored two papers. In 2004, George left Roche to join GSK (Research Triangle Park, North Carolina) to pursue cancer drug research. He was awarded the Exceptional Science Award twice for making significant contributions to the discovery of new drugs. He was a discoverer and first inventor of the advanced melanoma drug, Tafinlar. His contributions on many more projects lead to the discovery of drugs, publications and many patents. In his research into infectious diseases, he independently invented a scaffold upon which a Hepatitis C Virus pan-genotype inhibitor drug was discovered. He left GSK in 2011 as a Senior Scientist and briefly held research positions at the National Institute of Health (NIH, Rockville, MD) and UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy (Chapel Hill, NC) before venturing into entrepreneurship.
In 2008, George enrolled in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill – Kenan-Flagler Business School executive OneMBA program. Pursuing an MBA with a global management focus allowed him to travel and study in seven countries on five continents. He worked with far flung teams in the United States, Mexico, Brazil, China, India, Turkey and the Netherlands.
During his MBA studies his entrepreneurial spirit was awakened and after graduating in 2010, he filed his first sole inventor patent titled Rotary Evaporator. Prior to this invention, George used rotary evaporators extensively in research for over a decade. George developed his first prototype in 2013, followed by the second prototype in 2014 and the customer-ready product the EcoChyll® in 2015. Today, he leads Ecodyst through its formative years in instrument design, engineering, manufacturing, finance, marketing, sales and customer relations.