In 2012, Sam was awarded Young Australian of the Year, Australian Capital Territory in recognition for his work at One Disease. 

Sam is member of the International Reference Group (IRG) who guides The Hon Julie Bishop MP’s InnovationXChange initiative. Made up of global thought leaders, the IRG helps to identify and connect InnovationXChange to exciting opportunities, track emerging trends in their varied fields, including technology, innovative finance, philanthropy and social enterprise, and to expand its networks.