November 18, 2022
The UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy and Institute for Innovation are proud to announce Roy Zwahlen, J.D. has been selected for a 2022 Fulbright award to Australia. The grant is a reflection of his leadership and contributions to society.
The Fulbright Program is the world’s largest and most diverse international education exchange program. Since its inception in 1946, it has been devoted to increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries. Fulbright alumni include Nobel Laureates, Pulitzer Prize winners, MacArthur Fellows, Presidential Medal of Freedom recipients and thousands of leaders across the private, public and non-profit sectors.
Zwahlen is Chief Strategy Officer of the Eshelman Institute for Innovation, which makes him an exceptional fit for his new Fulbright role at Monash University in Victoria, Australia. He will be working with the University to identify opportunities to build continued success in the innovation and entrepreneurial ecosystem through the engagement of the diverse populations of Australia to innovate, become entrepreneurs and leverage difference for the country’s benefit.
“I am so humbled by the award and the chance to represent our School and the Eshelman Institute for Innovation in my work with Monash University”, said Zwahlen. “Our School’s PharmAlliance partnership has helped create a tremendous opportunity to step outside of my own cultural context to continue the work of unlocking healthcare innovation both from and with diverse communities. We all benefit from the work that is being done and I am proud to be a small part of it.”
Zwahlen joined the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy in 2016 as assistant dean for innovation and strategy. Prior to coming to UNC, he spent almost six years in the Biotechnology Innovation Organization as associate counsel focusing on legal and policy issues. During his time at BIO, Zwahlen developed a passion for helping make connections between university and industry to take ideas from scientists’ minds all the way to patients in hopes of improving their lives.
“This is fantastic recognition for Roy. He has rapidly become a leading expert in innovation strategy. The impact of diverse teams on the innovation process is one of his passions, so to be able to study this in a very different setting is a logical next step”, reflected John Bamforth, Executive Director, Eshelman Institute for Innovation. “We look forward to him applying all he learns within the innovation ecosystem of our state.”