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Chair of the ANFF-Vic Council Honoured on Australia Day
Prof. William (Bill) Neil Charman of the Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences has been announced as an Officer of the Order of Australia (AO), General Division, by the Governor-General in the 2021 Australia Day Honours List for his ‘distinguished service to tertiary education, particularly to the pharmaceutical sciences, and to professional organisations’.
Prof. Charman, among his many other roles, has held the Chair of the ANFF-Vic Council since last year. The ANFF-Vic Council is the governing body that coordinates the interaction of the 7 Universities that contribute to the success that is the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication. Prof. Charman’s leadership of the Council to date has confirmed the wisdom of his appointment.
Bill Charman has held the highly prestigious Sir John Monash Distinguished Professorship at Monash University since 2011. His distinguished career has included founding the Centre for Drug Candidate Optimisation and becoming an advisor to the WHO on anti-malaria drug discovery.
His path has also lead him to commercialise drug delivery technologies as a co-founder of Acrux Ltd and he has also been deeply involved in initiatives to help develop early stage drug candidates through BioCurate P/L and as Chairman of the Wellcome Trust’s Seeding Drug Discovery Funding Committee.
ANFF COO, Jane Fitzpatrick added “ANFF is truly grateful for the calibre of the people involved in our network. This recognition for our ANFF-Vic Council Chair is well deserved and we, as a network, extend our congratulations.”
One of Prof. Charman’s ANFF colleagues is Prof. Nico Voelcker, the Node Director of ANFF-Vic. “I am absolutely chuffed for Bill. Having had the opportunity to work with him at the Monash Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences (MIPS) and, more recently, through his role as ANFF-Vic Council Chair, I can think of no-one more deserving of this honour than him,” said Prof. Voelcker.