William (Trey) Putnam, PhD, RAC

Vice President and General Manager

Trey Putnam, PhD, RAC, is Vice President and General Manager, for the Regulatory Sciences group of Cardinal Health Specialty Solutions.

Role responsibilities

Dr. Putnam is responsible for the planning and implementation of business operations and strategy at Regulatory Sciences. He oversees the strategic, managerial and operational aspects of more than 200 associates, including a diverse team of more than 150 regulatory scientists and technical project managers.

Professional experience

Previously, as Director, Managing Consultant, Dr. Putnam provided scientific and regulatory consulting for activities associated with pharmaceutical and biotechnology product development. Additionally, he managed multidisciplinary drug development teams and directed the preparation of investigational and marketing applications, as well as post-approval regulatory submissions.
Prior to joining Cardinal Health in 2005, Dr. Putnam served as an assistant professor at the Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center in the School of Pharmacy and as a laboratory director of Texas Tech’s Pediatric Pharmacology Research Development Center. Previously, he was a group leader and program manager at the Midwest Research Institute, where he led large programs focused on numerous aspects of drug discovery and development. Additionally, he has served as a principal investigator or assistant principal investigator on a number of federal grants and contracts with the National Institutes of Health and the US Department of Defense.
Dr. Putnam has more than 15 years of corporate executive, contract research and academic drug development experience. He has presented dozens of invited lectures and is the author of more than a dozen scientific articles and book chapters on drug discovery and development.


He received a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Pittsburg State University and a master’s degree in organic chemistry and doctorate in organic chemistry from Washington University in St. Louis.

Areas of Expertise

Drug development consulting

Global regulatory affairs

Regulatory training

Chemistry, manufacturing and controls


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