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

The Bounty of Biotech

by Henry I. Millervia Los Angeles Times
Saturday, August 5, 2006

Anatole France famously said, "If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing…

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Reefer Sanity

by Henry I. Millervia Hoover Digest
Sunday, July 30, 2006

The FDA's rejection of medical marijuana was based on sound science, not politics. Will wonders never cease? By Henry I. Miller.

Analysis and Commentary

Modified solution

by Henry I. Miller, Gregory Conkovia Rocky Mountain News
Saturday, July 29, 2006

Ask any farmer in America's major wheat-growing regions about this year's crop and you'll get an earful…

Analysis and Commentary

Designer Jeans From Designer Genes

by Henry I. Millervia TCS Daily
Thursday, July 27, 2006

As the "new biotechnology" -- gene-splicing, or "genetic modification" (GM) -- enjoys ever more varied and impressive successes, the intractable opposition from environmental and other activists has become reminiscent of the old cartoon cliché about the person who year after year inaccurately predicts the end of the world…

Analysis and Commentary

Letter to the Editor: I Have a Dream: Scientific, Logical Regulation

by Henry I. Millervia Wall Street Journal
Thursday, July 13, 2006

In regard to "Weekend Interview: Get Your Priorities Right" by Kimberley A. Strassel (editorial page, July 8): Bjorn Lomborg calls for more advocacy for efficient ways to accomplish major international health, economic and environmental goals…

Analysis and Commentary

Parliament of Bans

by Henry I. Millervia TCS Daily
Wednesday, July 12, 2006

Scandals, incompetence, and profligacy at the UN are hardly news these days, but many of the organization's worst transgressions are hidden from public view…

Analysis and Commentary

Can't Shrug Off Regulatory Toll Topping $1 Tril

by Henry I. Millervia Investor's Business Daily
Monday, July 10, 2006

Danish political scientist Bjorn Lomborg, who became a punching bag for environmental activists after he challenged the popular wisdom that the natural environment is deteriorating, in a recent interview repeated the theme of his controversial book, "The Skeptical Environmentalist …

Analysis and Commentary

Beyond Jeremy Rifken

by Henry I. Millervia TCS Daily
Thursday, July 6, 2006

Mendacity and misrepresentation are nothing new from anti-meat, anti-technology, anti-capitalism activist Jeremy Rifkin…

Analysis and Commentary

Ozone hole in the head

by Henry I. Millervia Washington Times
Friday, June 30, 2006

Scandals, incompetence and profligacy at the United Nations are hardly news these days, but many of the organization's worst transgressions are hidden from public view…

Analysis and Commentary

Saying no to gene-spliced crops means saying yes to pesticides

by Henry I. Millervia San Jose Mercury News
Friday, June 23, 2006

Nobel Laureate Anatole France said famously, ``If 50 million people say a foolish thing, it is still a foolish thing…