Ray Avery (scientist)
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After spending his childhood in English orphanages and foster homes, Avery developed his interest in science at the age of 14 while living rough in London and finding warmth in public libraries. He now mentors young people, speaking regularly at schools and universities.
Avery is a successful pharmaceutical scientist, inventor and social entrepreneur, a founding member of the Auckland University School of Medicine Department of Clinical Pharmacology, and former technical director of Douglas Pharmaceuticals, who over the past 30 years has made a major contribution to the development of New Zealand’s domestic and export pharmaceutical industry.
As Technical Director of the Fred Hollows Foundation, Avery designed and commissioned two state of the art intraocular lens manufacturing facilities in Asmara, Eritrea and Kathmandu, Nepal, and developed novel low cost lens manufacturing technologies, systems, and global distribution networks. The Fred Hollows Foundation laboratories now provide 13% of the world market for intraocular lenses and use technology invented and gifted by Avery.
The mass introduction of regulatory-approved low-cost high-quality Fred Hollows lenses collapsed the global price of lenses, making modern cataract surgery accessible to the world's poorest.
In 2003, Avery founded the international development organisation Medicine Mondiale dedicated to making quality healthcare and equipment accessible to even the poorest developing nations around the world.
In 2009, Avery received a World Class New Zealand Award  in the Life Sciences category.
He has also been Chair of the World Class New Zealand Steering Committee.
Sir Ray is Deputy Chair of The New Zealand Health Innovation Hub.
Some of Avery’s inventions include:
- Acuset IV Flow Controller: A device that facilitates the safe administration of potent IV drugs.
- Liferaft Infant Incubator: A high-tech low-cost incubator that uses patentable technology to reduce the mortality rates associated with upper respiratory tract infections of premature babies.
- Proteinforte: An amino acid based functional food used for the treatment and prevention of protein-energy malnutrition.
Avery has received awards including:
|2008||Rotary Paul Harris Medal|
|2008||Bayer Research and Development Innovator Award||Acuset flow controller|
|2009||World Class New Zealand Award for Biotechnology|
|2010||TBWA Disruption Award|
|2010||KiwiBank New Zealander of the Year||For designing technology used to produce low-cost intraocular lenses|
|2010||Sir Peter Blake Leadership Medal|
|2011||Ernst and Young Social Entrepreneur Award|
|2011||Readers Digest New Zealand's Most Trusted Person|
|2011||Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit||for his services to philanthropy|
- Radio New Zealand : National : Programmes : Nights : Ray Avery:
- New Zealander of the Year
- Inspiring Kiwis: Ray Avery | Good Morning | Television New Zealand
- Rebel with a Cause By Sir Ray Avery, Paul Little (With) - Shop online for books in NZ
- One Kiwi's determination to make a difference | Scoop News
- Sir Ray Avery « Speakers and Programme « 2012 Transit of Venus Forum « Events « Royal Society of New Zealand
- Committee for Auckland
- About Ray Avery Medicine Mondiale
- World Class New Zealand 2009 Winners
- Poor fortune :: Idealog
- Acuset IV Flow Controller
- Infant Incubator
- Infant Nutrition
- Sir Ray Avery
- New Year Honours List 2011 | DPMC