Aruni S. Arachchige Don, PhD
Aruni's client work encompasses opportunity assessments, therapeutic area growth strategy and search projects, as well as the identification and evaluation of partnering opportunities. Since joining Defined Health in 2013, she has contributed to projects that span the therapeutic landscape, with special emphasis on projects in respiratory, dermatology, autoimmune and inflammatory, and rare diseases. In addition, Aruni is responsible for co-leading the market access, reimbursement and pricing work at Defined Health, which includes qualitative one-to-one discussions with payers and value-based pricing modeling.
Prior to Defined Health, Aruni completed a 3-year postdoctoral fellowship and conducted translational research on targeting mTOR signaling for treatment of CNS injuries (e.g., traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries). During her postdoctoral tenure, Aruni also interned at the Office of Technology Transfer and Business Development, where she was involved in various aspects of business development and licensing and developed proficiency in evaluation and identification of novel technologies appropriate for commercialization. She is knowledgeable in the areas of intellectual property and technology transfer, the drug development process and related regulatory issues.
Aruni received a PhD in Pharmacology from the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. She also earned Bachelor of Science degrees in both Biology and Microbiology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison and from the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. She is a published author of multiple peer-reviewed articles.