L. Val Giddings joins ITIF as Senior Fellow after nearly three decades of experience in science and regulatory policy relating to biotechnology innovations in agriculture and biomedicine. He works with ITIF to bring intellectual leadership to examination of the constraints inhibiting innovations in these areas, and devising remedies to those constraints.
Val is also President and CEO of PrometheusAB, Inc., providing consulting services in regulatory compliance, media, and strategic planning to governments, multilateral organizations, and industry clients in the U.S. and around the world. Before founding PrometheusAB he served for eight years as Vice President for Food & Agriculture of the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO). At BIO, Giddings built a highly regarded program representing global biotech companies in policy, regulation, media and international affairs. Before joining BIO he spent 8 years with the biotech products regulatory division of USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). While with APHIS he was International Team Leader and Branch Chief for Science & Policy Coordination. During this time he gained substantial international experience, serving on the U.S. delegations to negotiate the biodiversity treaty, and to the Earth Summit in Rio de Janeiro. Giddings arrived in Washington in 1984 to join the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment, where he worked on studies related to biotechnology, the environment, and regulatory policy. He has also served as expert consultant to the United Nations Environment Programme, the World Bank, USDA, USAID, and numerous companies, organizations and governments around the world.