Professor McKinnon is a global leader in pharmacy and pharmaceutical science with broad contributions spanning the breadth of pharmaceutical research, policy and education. Attracting over $24 million, his research has produced 130 original papers, 12 patents and two spin-off companies. He was Foundation Director of the Sansom Institute (UniSA) and Flinders Centre for Innovation in Cancer. In 2010, he provided the vision for the translational catalyst, Therapeutic Innovation Australia. Eminent international roles include Vice-President of the International Pharmaceutical Federation and Chair, 5th Pharmaceutical Sciences World Congress. He is a long-term Director of the Australian Institute of Policy and Science.