Aruni S. Arachchige Don, PhD
Aruni is a Senior Consultant and Project Lead for Payer/Market Access at Defined Health. Aruni’s client work encompasses opportunity assessments, therapeutic area growth strategy, asset search & evaluation, forecasting and value-based pricing modeling. Since joining Defined Health in 2013, Aruni has contributed to projects that span the therapeutic landscape, including oncology, CNS, autoimmune & inflammatory, dermatology, gene & cell therapies, and she currently leads the respiratory disease franchise at Defined Health.
Prior to joining Defined Health, Aruni conducted translational research on targeting mTOR signaling for treatment of CNS injuries (e.g., traumatic brain and spinal cord injuries) and cancer. 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 identification and evaluation of novel technologies appropriate for commercialization.
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. Aruni is an Advisory Board Member of the Mountain Lakes Biotech Academy and is a member of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine (ARM) Market Access & Value Committee. She is a published author of multiple peer-reviewed articles.