Henry I. Miller

Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy

Henry I. Miller, MS, MD, is the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. His research focuses on public policy toward science and technology, encompassing a number of areas, including pharmaceutical development, genetic engineering in agriculture, models for regulatory reform, and the emergence of new viral diseases.

Miller served for fifteen years at the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in a number of posts. He was the medical reviewer for the first genetically engineered drugs to be evaluated by the FDA and thus instrumental in the rapid licensing of human insulin and human growth hormone. Thereafter, he was a special assistant to the FDA commissioner and the founding director of the FDA's Office of Biotechnology. During his government service, Miller participated frequently on various expert and policy panels as a representative of the FDA or the US government. As a government official, Miller received numerous awards and citations.

Since coming to the Hoover Institution, Miller has become well known not only for his contributions to scholarly journals but also for his articles and books that make science, medicine, and technology accessible. His work has been widely published in many languages. Monographs include Policy Controversy in Biotechnology: An Insider's View; To America's Health: A Model for Reform of the Food and Drug Administration; and The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution. Barron's selected The Frankenfood Myth as one of the 25 Best Books of 2004. In addition, Miller has published extensively in a wide spectrum of scholarly journals and popular publications worldwide, including The Lancet, Journal of the American Medical Association, Science, the Nature family of journals, Chronicle of Higher Education, Forbes, National Review, Wall Street Journal, New York Times, the Guardian, Defining Ideas, and the Financial Times. He is a regulator contributor to Forbes.com and frequently appears on the nationally syndicated radio programs of John Batchelor and Lars Larson.

Miller was selected by the editors of Nature Biotechnology as one of the people who had made the "most significant contributions" to biotechnology during the previous decade. He serves on numerous editorial boards.

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Analysis and Commentary

Let's Shine A Light On The 'Regulatory Dark Matter' That Stifles Innovation

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, May 31, 2017

Federal regulation creates a huge drag on the nation's economy. It includes "regulatory dark matter"--informal statements, guidance documents, "points to consider," etc.--besides formal, published regulations. Much of it is flawed and should be eliminated.

Analysis and Commentary

Promote Health By Not Defending The E-Cigarette Ban

by Jeff Stier, Henry I. Millervia National Review
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

The Trump administration should no longer defend FDA’s indefensible vaping ban.

Analysis and Commentary

Pesticide Regulation In The European Union: The Worst Has Become The Norm

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Monday, May 15, 2017

Every time I think the European Union’s regulatory bureaucrats have bottomed out on substance and integrity, they find a way to sink even lower.

Analysis and Commentary

How “Regulatory Dark Matter” Blocks Innovation

by Henry I. Miller, Angela Logomasinivia Learn Liberty
Saturday, May 13, 2017

The Trump administration’s desire to get rid of unnecessarily burdensome and unwise regulations is laudable, but fulfilling that desire won’t be easy. Nor will it be sufficient to give the economy the boost they’re hoping for. The federal regulatory colossus reaches into virtually every aspect of Americans’ lives via a number of murky programs and actions that will continue to hinder economic growth if left in place.


$697,177 For A ‘Climate-Change Musical’: You Call That Science?

by Henry I. Millervia Wall Street Journal
Friday, May 12, 2017

Research is often a wise investment of tax dollars—but agencies also fund ridiculous boondoggles.

Analysis and Commentary

The Right To Agricultural Technology

by Henry I. Millervia Project Syndicate
Friday, May 12, 2017

In the 1960s, when biologist Paul Ehrlich was predicting mass starvation due to rapid population growth, plant breeder Norman Borlaug was developing the new crops and approaches to agriculture that would become mainstays of the Green Revolution. Those advances, along with other innovations in agricultural technology, are credited with preventing more than a billion deaths from starvation and improving the nutrition of the billions more people alive today. Yet some seem eager to roll back these gains.

Analysis and Commentary

How College Students Are Being Misled About ‘Sustainable’ Agriculture

by Henry I. Millervia National Review
Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sustainability is a reasonable goal, but organic agriculture is no way to achieve it.

Analysis and Commentary

The New York Times Cries 'Wolf' About Dogs

by Henry I. Millervia Forbes
Wednesday, May 3, 2017

The New York Times’ coverage of science and medicine used to be stunning -- the province of reporters who knew their trade and devoted decades to it. Harold M. Schmeck, Jr., the dean of U.S. science writers for decades, was at the paper for 32 years, and medical writer and physician Lawrence K. Altman for 40.


No, California, Roundup Won't Give You Cancer

by Julie Kelly, Henry I. Millervia Los Angeles Times
Thursday, April 27, 2017

The chemophobes who run California are at it again, siding with environmental activists and pseudoscience rather than evidence and common sense.


Earth Day Has Become Polluted By Ideology And Ignorance

by Jeff Stier, Henry I. Millervia Learn Liberty
Thursday, April 20, 2017

The first Earth Day celebration was conceived by then-US senator Gaylord Nelson and held in 1970 as a “symbol of environmental responsibility and stewardship.” In the spirit of the time, it was a touchy-feely, consciousness-raising, New Age experience, and most activities were organized at the grassroots level.