Val Giddings

Val Giddings
Senior Fellow
Information Technology and Innovation Foundation

L. Val Giddings joins ITIF as Senior Fellow 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 examination of the constraints inhibiting innovations in these areas, and devising remedies to those constraints.

Val 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 U.S. and around the world. Before founding PrometheusAB he served for eight years as Vice President for Food & Agriculture of 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 8 years with the biotech products regulatory division of USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). While with APHIS he was International Team Leader and Branch Chief for Science & 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, USAID, and numerous companies, organizations and governments around the world.

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

December 8, 2015

Val Giddings discussed the Food and Drug Administration’s approval of genetically engineered salmon for human consumption on NPR’s The Diane Rehm Show.

July 27, 2015

The House of Representatives passed a bill aimed at preempting state-level mandates for labels on foods derived from crops improved through biotechnology, or “GMOs,” writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.

July 17, 2015

Will Saletan’s Slate piece is spot on in its dissection of the war against GMOs, but he does, however, elide the difficulty of overcoming this populist fear mongering, writes Val Giddings in Innovation Files.

June 29, 2015

There have been calls recently from predictable sources demanding tougher regulations for genetically engineered crops, but even the briefest glance suggests these alarums are unwarranted, writes Val Giddings.

June 25, 2015

A new report by the International Agency for Research on Cancer claims that 2,4-D is carcinogneic, but the evidence suggests otherwise.

April 30, 2015

Chipotle's recently announced decision that their menu is "GMO free" is both untrue and ill-considered.

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.