Henry I. Miller

About Henry I. Miller

Henry I. Miller, a physician and molecular biologist, is the Robert Wesson Fellow in Scientific Philosophy and Public Policy at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution. He was the founding director of the FDA’s Office of Biotechnology.

How Authentic Is Public Input on Science-Driven Public Policy?

Although we are healthier and live longer than our predecessors, and our food supply is more varied and inexpensive than ever, Americans are manifesting anxiety about all sorts of things—genetically engineered foods (derived from so-called “GMOs”), pharmaceuticals, chemicals, gluten, and even “chemtrails,” to name just a few. As Dr. Alex Berezow of the

By | 2018-03-09T23:19:51+00:00 March 10th, 2018|

Smarter Regs Can Be a ‘Force Multiplier’ for U.S. Research

Several years ago, I participated in a colloquium with a title along the lines of “Advancing Technology: Thinking Outside the Box.” My lecture probably was the most mundane: I proposed that smarter and more risk-based government regulation of products, processes, and technologies would act as what the military call a “force multiplier”—a capability,

By | 2018-02-05T22:25:06+00:00 February 6th, 2018|

How the Administrative State Serves Clients and Hurts Citizens: The Case of the Non-Organic, Organic Food

The late economist and Nobel Laureate Milton Friedman used to say that only in government, when a program or project fails dismally, the instinctive response is to make it bigger. This is especially the case in a modern Administrative State like the one we have in America today where a program alleged to

By | 2017-10-25T10:08:18+00:00 October 24th, 2017|

A Bigger Russian Threat: Disrupting U.S. Innovation

Russia, like the Soviet Union before it, is experienced at employing surrogates and agents of various stripes and talents to further its agendas. The most recent example was a “trending topic” story on Facebook about the Las Vegas shooting published by Sputnik, a news agency controlled by the Russian government; the item claimed,

By | 2017-10-05T15:14:44+00:00 October 5th, 2017|

The U.N. Is Designed to Fail

The annual meeting of the United Nations General Assembly last week, and President Trump’s widely noted remarks there, focused much-needed attention on the organization. The dithering and inaction on critical international problems Trump noted served as a reminder that the U.N. has long been dysfunctional and disappointing. That is not surprising: It was

By | 2017-09-27T13:39:15+00:00 September 26th, 2017|Tags: |