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Award-winning scientist, inventor, social entrepreneur

Successful pharmaceutical scientist, inventor, philanthropist, businessman and founder and CEO of Medicine Mondiale, Sir Ray Avery was voted Readers Digest New Zealand’s Most Trusted Person in 2011.

Ray spent his childhood in English orphanages and foster homes, developing an interest in science at the age of 14 while living rough on the streets of London. Today he is an award-winning scientist, successful businessman and an accomplished and entertaining conference speaker.

Over the past thirty or so years, Sir Ray has made an enormous contribution not only to the development of New Zealand’s pharmaceutical industry but also to improving health issues in the developing world.

He was a founding member of the Auckland University School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and former Technical Director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals.

As technical advisor to the Fred Hollows Foundation Ray designed and commissioned two state-of-the art Intraocular Lens Laboratories in Eritrea and Nepal and was instrumental in making high-quality regulatory approved lenses for cataract surgery accessible to the poorest of the poor on a global scale. These low-cost lenses are expected to bring sight to 30 million people by 2020.

This groundbreaking work in the developing world has brought him respect and recognition internationally.

Having been exposed to the enormous shortcomings of available healthcare in Africa and Asia Sir Ray was determined to use his knowledge of pharmaceuticals, science and product realisation to tackle the big health issues endemic in the developing world at a practical and sustainable level.

In 2003, Ray founded development agency Medicine Mondiale using his contacts and charisma to enlist the help of other scientists and social entrepreneurs to work with him.

Today, an international network of scientists, technologists, New Zealand companies and Nobel Laureates support him donating their time and knowledge for free. Their reward is making a difference.

Ray has also invented the Acuset IV Flow Controller, a finalist in the 2008 Saatchi & Saatchi World Changing Ideas Award, and Proteinforte, a revolutionary treatment for Protein Energy Malnutrition and a low-cost infant incubator specifically designed for use in the developing world.

His work has been recognised by his peers and he has received numerous awards including a Rotary Paul Harris Medal, The Bayer Research and Development Innovator Award 2008, World Class New Zealand Award for Biotechnology 2009, TBWA Disruption Award 2010, Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the year 2010 and The Blake Leadership Medal 2010.

Ray is also the Patron of the Non Resident Nepali Association of New Zealand (a position previously held by Sir Edmund Hillary) and he is the chair of the World Class New Zealand advisory committee. In 2011 Ray was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit Knight of the Grand Companion in the New Year Honours for services to philanthropy.

In 2010 Sir Ray published his inspirational best-selling autobiography Rebel with a Cause which has since been reprinted several times.

Sir Ray Avery is not only an inspiring person, he is an inspiring, compelling and entertaining keynote speaker who would be sure to make your next event memorable

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Sir Ray Avery

Award-winning scientist, inventor, social entrepreneur

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Sir Ray Avery

Award-winning scientist, inventor, social entrepreneur

Successful pharmaceutical scientist, inventor, philanthropist, businessman and founder and CEO of Medicine Mondiale, Sir Ray Avery was voted Readers Digest New Zealand’s Most Trusted Person in 2011.

Ray spent his childhood in English orphanages and foster homes, developing an interest in science at the age of 14 while living rough on the streets of London. Today he is an award-winning scientist, successful businessman and an accomplished and entertaining conference speaker.

Over the past thirty or so years, Sir Ray has made an enormous contribution not only to the development of New Zealand’s pharmaceutical industry but also to improving health issues in the developing world.

He was a founding member of the Auckland University School of Medicine, Department of Clinical Pharmacology and former Technical Director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals.

As technical advisor to the Fred Hollows Foundation Ray designed and commissioned two state-of-the art Intraocular Lens Laboratories in Eritrea and Nepal and was instrumental in making high-quality regulatory approved lenses for cataract surgery accessible to the poorest of the poor on a global scale. These low-cost lenses are expected to bring sight to 30 million people by 2020.

This groundbreaking work in the developing world has brought him respect and recognition internationally.

Having been exposed to the enormous shortcomings of available healthcare in Africa and Asia Sir Ray was determined to use his knowledge of pharmaceuticals, science and product realisation to tackle the big health issues endemic in the developing world at a practical and sustainable level.

In 2003, Ray founded development agency Medicine Mondiale using his contacts and charisma to enlist the help of other scientists and social entrepreneurs to work with him.

Today, an international network of scientists, technologists, New Zealand companies and Nobel Laureates support him donating their time and knowledge for free. Their reward is making a difference.

Ray has also invented the Acuset IV Flow Controller, a finalist in the 2008 Saatchi & Saatchi World Changing Ideas Award, and Proteinforte, a revolutionary treatment for Protein Energy Malnutrition and a low-cost infant incubator specifically designed for use in the developing world.

His work has been recognised by his peers and he has received numerous awards including a Rotary Paul Harris Medal, The Bayer Research and Development Innovator Award 2008, World Class New Zealand Award for Biotechnology 2009, TBWA Disruption Award 2010, Kiwi Bank New Zealander of the year 2010 and The Blake Leadership Medal 2010.

Ray is also the Patron of the Non Resident Nepali Association of New Zealand (a position previously held by Sir Edmund Hillary) and he is the chair of the World Class New Zealand advisory committee. In 2011 Ray was awarded the New Zealand Order of Merit Knight of the Grand Companion in the New Year Honours for services to philanthropy.

In 2010 Sir Ray published his inspirational best-selling autobiography Rebel with a Cause which has since been reprinted several times.

Sir Ray Avery is not only an inspiring person, he is an inspiring, compelling and entertaining keynote speaker who would be sure to make your next event memorable

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