Doctor Craig Rayner receives the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award

Monash University alumnus Doctor Craig Rayner has been awarded the 2018 Distinguished Alumni Award for the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences. The Distinguished Alumni Awards recognise alumni who have demonstrated outstanding professional achievements, inspirational leadership and made significant contributions to their field.

Doctor Rayner holds an Adjunct Associate Professorship in the Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Sciences here at the Faculty and completed both a Bachelor of Pharmacy and Bachelor of Pharmaceutical Science with Honours with Monash University.

Doctor Rayner’s academic research focuses on both infectious disease research and clinical pharmacology. Doctor Rayner is currently the senior vice president of integrated drug development with Certara, a global consulting firm in drug development, regulatory science and knowledge integration.

Doctor Rayner supports over 140 PhD, MD and PharmD drug development practitioners through his role, supporting the drug development ecosystem. He was previously co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of global drug development firm d3 Medicine. D3 Medicine provide strategic advice on creating healthcare solutions and improving access to medicines globally.

Doctor Rayner is also pioneering the new Monash University and Certara Industry Fellowship Program. The Fellowship incorporates coursework, on-site placements, hands-on training with industry leaders to encourage the next generation of drug development scientists. The Fellowship places emphasis on clinical pharmacology, regulatory science and pharmacometrics.

He is currently working with Professor Carl Kirkpatrick, of the Monash Centre for Medicine Use and Safety’s (CMUS), on clinical pharmacology, modelling and simulation projects in areas including global health disease, pandemic infectious disease preparedness programs and developing new medicines to tackle respiratory diseases.

Monash University President and Vice-Chancellor Professor Margaret Gardner AO told Doctor Rayner that he was selected to receive the award in “recognition of your integrity and ability to inspire others to strive for excellence, your exceptional contribution to your professional field, your community leadership and your ability to inspire our students to reach their highest potential.”

“I am thrilled Craig has been recognized by Monash University through this award. He is an outstanding role model for our professional and PhD students, and his intellectual generosity and collaborative mindset are the hallmarks of an established global leader,” said Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences Dean Professor William Charman.

“I am honoured to receive this award and extremely proud to be both an alumnus and adjunct faculty member at Monash University,” said Doctor Rayner. “Our shared guiding principles of innovation, collaboration, impact and excellence have guided extensive collaborations between myself, Certara and the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences for many years now, and will be the compass that guides our collaborations for many years to come.”