Gregory C. Simon

Gregory C. Simon

Chief Executive Officer, Poliwogg

Gregory Simon has held senior positions in both houses of Congress and the White House, been a senior strategy consultant to a number of international technology CEOs, led a national patient advocacy nonprofit he co-founded with Mike Milken, and has served as a senior executive at a large pharmaceutical corporation. He has developed a reputation as a visionary strategist, dynamic public speaker and writer, and as a knowledgeable analyst of emerging trends in healthcare, information technology, drug research and development, and patient advocacy.

Most recently Greg was Senior Vice President for Patient Engagement at Pfizer, Inc. In that role he focused on engaging patients more productively in research and clinical trials, and helping Pfizer develop policies, practices, and medical solutions. From June 2009 to February 2010, he was head of Pfizer‘s Worldwide Policy group. Prior, Greg was the founding President of FasterCures/The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, a center of the Milken Institute. Before, he was CEO of Simon Strategies.

Greg was Chief Domestic Policy Advisor to Vice President Al Gore from 1993 to 1997. He was the lead staffer for the Clinton-Gore Administration for development and passage of the Telecommunications Reform Act of 1996 as well as development of the National and Global Information Infrastructure. He represented the Vice President on the National Economic Council, helped negotiate the U.S.-Russia agreement on the International Space Station, and oversaw a number of key programs at the National Institutes of Health, National Cancer Institute, Food and Drug Administration, and Human Genome Project. He was also instrumental in crafting the regulatory framework that is now the foundation for the biotechnology industry.

Nature Medicine named Greg one of “Ten People to Watch” in healthcare policy, noting that he was among “a handful of influential people who quietly keep the wheels of biomedical science turning.” In 2010, he received the Genetic Alliance’s “Art of Advocacy” award. He is a regular presenter at the Milken Institute Global Conference, the OECD, the Washington Campus, and at health conferences and academic institutions around the country.

Greg served as Sen. Gore`s Legislative Director from 1991 to 1993. He was Staff Director of the Investigations and Oversight Subcommittee of the House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology from 1985 to 1991. He received his law degree from the University of Washington in 1983. He has a B.A. in history from the University of Arkansas.

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