Henry I. Miller


Henry I. Miller, MS, MD, was the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at the Hoover Institution. His research focused 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.

During his time at 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 was a regulator contributor to Forbes.com and frequently appeared 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

Letter to the Editor: Prescription User Fees

by Henry I. Millervia Wall Street Journal
Wednesday, October 18, 2006

A brief comment about your excellent Oct. 13 editorial "Faster FDA Cures": It's certainly true that the additional resources provided by the user fees under the Prescription Drug User Fee Act of 1992 have been net positive to American patients (as well as to drug companies), but in endorsing a reauthorization of the legislation, you raised the question of whether we need to resort to user fees to realize the same benefit…

Analysis and Commentary

'Man Who Fed the World' lauds Iowa native Borlaug

by Henry I. Millervia Des Moines Register
Sunday, October 15, 2006

American needs high-profile heroes these days...

Analysis and Commentary

Drug Pipeline Gets Clamped By Jittery FDA

by Henry I. Miller, Jeff Stiervia Investor's Business Daily
Monday, October 9, 2006

At a time when the American population is aging and more seniors are suffering from chronic diseases, the pharmaceutical pipeline is drying up

Analysis and Commentary

Are Bad Drugs Coming to a Pharmacy Near You?

by Henry I. Millervia TCS Daily
Wednesday, October 4, 2006

In "The Third Man," the brilliant, shadowy, 1949 film, Orson Welles' character, Harry Lime, is a morally bankrupt, cynical racketeer and dealer of black-market, diluted penicillin...

Analysis and Commentary

Faux Pharmacies? Countering Counterfeit Drugs

by Henry I. Millervia LegalNews.tv
Wednesday, October 4, 2006

While riding in a subway train in Washington DC recently, I watched a guy sell a bootlegged DVD of a first-run movie to a woman...

Analysis and Commentary

Uncomfortable Genes

by Henry I. Millervia National Review Online
Monday, October 2, 2006

Political-science researchers at UCLA recently quantified political bias in a spectrum of media outlets...

Analysis and Commentary

Customer Service, Communication and the Free Market

by Henry I. Millervia LegalNews.tv
Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Nobel Prize-winning economist Milton Friedman correctly concluded that the blame for many of the distortions of the marketplace caused by government lies with the system itself, not just the actors within it...

Analysis and Commentary

Instead of water wars, let's go for less-thirsty plants

by Henry I. Millervia San Francisco Chronicle
Sunday, September 17, 2006

Wars have been fought over politics, economics, territory, ethnic origin, race, religion and national pride...

Analysis and Commentary

Chicago's Foie Gras Faux Pas

by Henry I. Millervia LegalNews.tv
Saturday, September 16, 2006

"Rhetoric and paté abounded on the first day of the City Council's ban" of foie gras in Chicago, according to the Chicago Tribune, "as restaurateurs and gourmands openly flouted the prohibition – cultured, giddy, goose-liver-fueled acts of defiance...

Analysis and Commentary

Vigilantes Countering Terrorists in the Wild West-ern World

by Henry I. Millervia LegalNews.tv
Saturday, September 16, 2006

In the Old West, when law enforcement was spotty or nonexistent, vigilantes sometimes stepped in. A known cattle rustler might be found face-down in a gully with a terminal case of "lead poisoning," as they used to say in TV westerns...