Sir Ray Avery has amassed numerous accolades for his innovative work as a pharmaceutical scientist, inventor, and social entrepreneur. As the founder and Chief Executive of award-winning development agency Medicine Mondiale, Sir Ray has developed infant incubators, IV flow controllers and pre-digested protein formulations to combat child malnutrition. In his role as Technical Advisor for the Fred Hollows Foundation, he designed and commissioned Intraocular Lens Laboratories in Eritrea and Nepal, cutting the cost of lenses to make them available to the world’s poorest communities. These low-cost lenses are expected to bring sight to 30 million people by 2020. Sir Ray’s recognitions include the Bayer Research and Development Innovator Award 2008, World Class New Zealand Award for Biotechnology 2009, Kiwibank New Zealander of the Year 2010, the Blake Leadership Medal 2010, Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur Award and Readers Digest New Zealand’s Most Trusted Person in 2011. A founding member of the Department of Clinical Pharmacology at the University of Auckland Medical School, for many years Sir Ray also held the position of Technical Director for Douglas Pharmaceuticals. In 2011, he was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit Knight of the Grand Companion in the New Year Honours for services to philanthropy.
The New Zealand Health Innovation Hub is a multi-DHB partnership created to help nurture and grow New Zealand’s health technology industry, and support innovations developed within the public health sector. So come along and let’s talk about new opportunities!
Date: Thursday 1st November
Time: 12:15pm – 1:30pm
Venue: Innovation Lab, Ko Awatea