Val Giddings

Val Giddings
Senior Fellow
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

L. Val Giddings is a senior fellow at the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF).

Giddings joined ITIF 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 the examination of the constraints inhibiting innovations in these areas and devising remedies to those constraints.

Giddings 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 United States and around the world. Before founding PrometheusAB, he served for eight years as vice president for food and agriculture at 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 eight years with the biotech products regulatory division of the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). While with APHIS, he was international team leader and branch chief for science and 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, the U.S. Agency for International Development, and numerous companies, organizations, and governments around the world.

Giddings received his Ph.D. in genetics and evolutionary biology from the University of Hawaii in 1980.

Recent Events

November 2, 2011

Join us for an international forum discussing the future of health care innovation in times of financial crisis.

Recent Publications

April 21, 2016

Val Giddings provides context and background in Innovation Files for USDA's decision not to subject an improved mushroom to inordinate regulation to prevent exposure to nonexistent hazards.

April 13, 2016

Focusing on an expected and unsurprising slight drop in global biotech crop acreage misses the real story, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.

March 22, 2016

The Boulder County Commission has directed county staff to map a plan to begin to “phase out” the use of genetically modified crops on county open space land, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.

February 29, 2016

USDA says organic growers have chosen to suffer small losses from accidental mixing with biotech crops, but fails to count far larger unearned benefits, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.

February 18, 2016

Activists blame GM mosquitoes and pesticides for the Zika outbreak. The truth is exactly opposite, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.

February 8, 2016

Anti-GMO activists have erected barriers to agricultural biotech innovation that could cost the poorest nations on earth up to $1.5 trillion through 2050.

Recent Presentations

February 26, 2015

Val Giddings participated in the University of Maryland extension’s 2015 Agronomy Update.

November 18, 2014

Val Giddings discussed the importance of continued agricultural innovation at the 2014 North Carolina Agriculture & Biotechnology Summit.

December 6, 2012

Val Giddings will present on at the Food Policy and Impact conference on the panel "GMO Labeling and Mandatory Disclosures–Where Is It Heading?"

September 20, 2011

Investigating a sustainable path to feeding the world's population and how crops will evolve in the future.

June 29, 2011

ITIF Senior Fellow Val Giddings will address spurring innovation in the biotechnology sector.

June 21, 2011

ITIF Senior Fellow Val Giddings will speak at the AAAS Charles Valentine Riley Memorial Lecture.