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Stephen Ezell


Vice President, Global Innovation Policy, and Director, Center for Life Sciences Innovation

Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

Email: [email protected]

Phone: 202-449-1349

Twitter: @sjezell

Stephen Ezell is vice president for global innovation policy at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) and director of ITIF’s Center for Life Sciences Innovation. He also leads the Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance. His areas of expertise include science and technology policy, international competitiveness, trade, and manufacturing.

Ezell is the coauthor of Innovating in a Service-Driven Economy: Insights, Application, and Practice (Palgrave Macmillan, 2015) and Innovation Economics: The Race for Global Advantage (Yale, 2012).

Ezell came to ITIF from Peer Insight, an innovation research and consulting firm he cofounded in 2003 to study the practice of innovation in service industries. At Peer Insight, Ezell led the Global Service Innovation Consortium, published multiple research papers on service innovation, and researched national service innovation policies being implemented by governments worldwide.

Prior to forming Peer Insight, Ezell worked in the New Service Development group at the NASDAQ Stock Market, where he spearheaded the creation of the NASDAQ Market Intelligence Desk and the NASDAQ Corporate Services Network, services for NASDAQ-listed corporations. Previously, Ezell cofounded two successful innovation ventures, the high-tech services firm Brivo Systems and Lynx Capital, a boutique investment bank.

Ezell holds a B.S. from the School of Foreign Service at Georgetown University, with an honors certificate from Georgetown’s Landegger International Business Diplomacy program.

Recent Publications

June 24, 2022

Postmortem on a Pyrrhic Victory for IP Foes at the WTO

The WTO’s approval of a TRIPS waiver for IP related to COVID-19 vaccines is essentially a shotgun blast completely missing the broadside of a barn.

June 21, 2022

The North American Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index

The North American innovation ecosystem is increasingly diverse. In collaboration with Macdonald-Laurier Institute, Fundación IDEA, and the Bay Area Economic Council Institute, ITIF compiled this index to identify economic differences among states and provinces and highlight regions needing more federal attention, identify cross-national innovation performance, and track the continent’s overall competitiveness in the innovation-driven global economy.

June 17, 2022

No, America’s Drug Prices Aren’t Climbing Radically Out of Control

The United States uniquely leads the world in innovating new drugs and getting them to patients first while sustaining a globally competitive industry and over time making drugs affordable by incentivizing competition and creating generic pathways.

June 10, 2022

USG Remains Misguided in Endorsing COVID-19 TRIPS IPR Waiver

Instead of conflicting mandates, the Biden administration should articulate a coherent set of policies recognizing that IP represents a fundamental and distinguishing driver of American innovation and technological competitiveness. Support for the TRIPS COVID-19 IPR waiver cannot be consonant with such an agenda.

May 24, 2022

Three Ideas for Four Countries Hunting for Chips: What the Quad Must do to Build a Resilient Semiconductor Chain

Given the hyper-global nature of this supply chain, no one country can become fully self-sufficient. For building a reliable, secure semiconductor supply chain, plurilateral partnerships are a necessity and not a choice.

April 14, 2022

Testimony to the US-China Economic and Security Review Commission on Innovation, Technology, and Intellectual Property

There’s a battle being fought now for the soul of the global trade and economic system; it’s imperative that like-minded nations collaborate to emerge victorious in it.

March 25, 2022

The COVID-19 TRIPS IPR Waiver Remains a (Bad) Solution Searching for a Problem

Global leaders should look to the facts rather than finalizing the tentative IP waiver agreement. The end is (hopefully) in sight. The world has the tools it needs; it just needs to solve the actual problem. Global efforts and resources would be better spent improving distributional infrastructure than solving an IP-related problem that simply doesn’t exist.

March 25, 2022

Comments to the US Commerce Department on Incentives, Infrastructure, and R&D for a Strong Semiconductor Industry

ITIF applauds both the Biden administration and U.S. Congress for articulating and advancing the Creating Helpful Incentives to Produce Semiconductors (“CHIPS”) for America Act, which has been passed out of the Senate and House in largely similar form in their respective U.S. Innovation and Competition Act (USICA) and America COMEPTES Act.

March 16, 2022

Testimony to the Senate Finance Committee on “Prescription Drug Price Inflation”

Expenditures for retail prescriptions have been roughly stable for the past two decades as a share of total U.S. health-care expenditures. Instead of applying broad price controls, policymakers should promote affordability and mitigate out-of-pocket costs for individuals.

March 15, 2022

‘March-In’ Advocates Continue the Assault on Life-Sciences Innovation System

America’s world-leading life-sciences innovation system is a product of myriad policies, but one that is all too often overlooked is the Bayh-Dole Act, which gives IP rights to universities that produce innovation with federally funded R&D.

February 2, 2022

Incentives Essential to Ensuring America Possesses a Leading Semiconductor Industry

the Washington Post is dead wrong to conflate or equate the incentive measures envisioned in CHIPS with China’s subsidies to its semiconductor sector; they are mostly different in kind, scope, and intent.

January 24, 2022

Why America Needs Semiconductor Legislation to Bolster Its Economic and National Security

Semiconductors represent the foundational industry for the entire global economy. The United States needs to ensure that it fields leading companies across the memory, logic, and analog subsectors, and that it maintains sufficient domestic semiconductor manufacturing to support its economic and national security needs.

More publications by Stephen Ezell

Recent Events and Presentations

June 21, 2022

Assessing the Competitiveness of North America’s States: The North American Subnational Innovation Competitiveness Index

Join ITIF for a virtual event for the release of a new report ranking North American states and provinces on 13 indicators of competitiveness in the increasingly innovation-driven global economy.

May 31, 2022

Why the Bipartisan Innovation Act is Crucial for U.S. National Security

ITIF hosted a discussion on why prompt passage of the BIA during the summer of 2022 is vital for U.S. national security.

May 12, 2022

National Innovation Policies: What Countries Do Best, and How They Can Improve

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation to the National Confederation of Industry Brazil on “National Innovation Policies: What Countries Do Best, and How They Can Improve.”

May 9, 2022

The State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy

Stephen Ezell gave a presentation on “The State of Digital Skills in the U.S. Economy” at the “Education and Training of a Big Data Workforce Symposium” hosted by the New Jersey Institute of Technology.

April 27, 2022

Innovation and IP’s Role in Combatting the Covid-19 Pandemic

ITIF and the Center for Strategic and International Studies hosted two expert panels exploring how innovation and IP have proved to be instrumental in overcoming the COVID pandemic.

March 29, 2022

How Using March-in Rights Would Threaten America’s Research Universities

ITIF hosted a panel discussion with leading experts on innovation policy, technology transfer, and business, who spoke to the practical implications of exercising federal “march-in” rights and why it would be a grave and ill-timed mistake for the U.S. health, competitiveness, and research landscape.

March 17, 2022

Devil in the Details: Reconciling the House and Senate Versions of Competitiveness Legislation

Watch ITIF and an expert panel featuring key policymakers and leading analysts who discussed how to bring House and Senate versions of competitiveness legislation across the finish line in a form that will be a winner for U.S. workers and the economy.

December 14, 2021

China vs. The WTO: Two Decades of Dissembling and Dysfunction

ITIF hosted a discussion assessing China’s first 20 years in the WTO and exploring what policy measures like-minded nations can pursue in response to this pattern of deceit and dysfunction between China and the global trading system.

December 2, 2021

2021 Global Trade and Innovation Policy Alliance Annual Summit

The GTIPA’s annual summits bring together alliance members with world-leading experts to explore creative solutions to the difficult economic, trade, and innovation challenges facing the international community.

October 28, 2021

How China’s Subsidies Threaten Advanced-Technology Industries

ITIF hosted an event examining the extent of China’s industrial subsidies in high-tech industries and exploring available policy options to curtail these behaviors.

October 7, 2021

Pursuing an ITA-3 to Bolster Global Economic Growth and Opportunity

ITIF and the Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA) hosted a webinar highlighting a new report showing how ITA-3 expansion can bring significant benefits to global and individual economies alike.

June 30, 2021

A Vision for International Antitrust at the WTO

ITIF hosted an expert panel discussion exploring the implications of GTIPA’s declaration of principles, and prospects for the vision to become a reality.

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