Director, Policy Research and Analytics

Position Title: Director, Policy Research and Analytics

Department: Policy Department

Reports to: Vice President, Healthcare Policy & Research


Primary Purpose of the Position:

The Director, Policy Research and Analytics, will develop, conduct and manage BIO’s research and analysis agenda related to demonstrating the value of BIO members’ innovative drug and biologic products.  This work includes clinical and economic value assessment, payment reform, scoring of legislative proposals and the development of quick turn-around analysis to impact BIO’s advocacy and communications efforts at the Federal and State level.  The position is responsible for carrying out both real-time reactive research and analysis relevant to current advocacy priorities as well as the longer-view proactive research agenda.


  • Direct the development and implementation of a policy research agenda in support of annual work plan goals identified by BIO’s Health Section Governing Board.
  • Prepare rapid-response research and analysis of policy proposals regarding the value of biotechnology products to include potential impact on Federal or State programs.
  • Analyze and critique external research reports as needed.
  • Develop a network of pharmacoeconomics, healthcare economics, and outcomes research individuals within BIO’s membership and externally, as well as at federal agencies and related entities (e.g., CMS, GAO, OIG, MedPAC), to assist in identifying and making recommendations on economic trends and policies affecting the industry and to develop BIO’s research agenda.
  • Conceive, oversee, conduct, and/or analyze studies to demonstrate the value of BIO members’ innovative treatments and therapies, as well as to support advocacy by evaluating the impact of policy proposals on biotechnology innovation.
  • Manage commissioning and drafting of research papers by BIO consultants on key research areas at both the state and federal level.
  • Appropriately represent the biotechnology industry at all times.
  • Other duties/projects as assigned.


  • Graduate degree in economics, public policy, etc., with experience managing advocacy-oriented policy research initiatives;
  • Demonstrated understanding of biopharmaceutical industry economic trends and drivers.
  • Prior experience working in an advocacy environment such as legislative policy position or regulatory department for a trade association, appropriate Federal agency, or biotechnology company strongly preferred.
  • Minimum 5+ years of relevant work experience
  • Strong academic training in health policy analysis, Federal budgeting or an economic field.  
  • Ability to quickly distill complex information into succinct and accessible materials for use by BIO advocacy teams.
  • Experience creating quick turn-around policy and advocacy-oriented research to help equip advocacy teams to engage in a substantive, data driven manner on key legislative/regulatory issues.
  • Demonstrated analytical skills, plus an ability to communicate technical information in an effective, easily understandable way.
  • Background in health economics/reimbursement and Congressional scoring is extremely valuable.
  • Strong knowledge of public policy process.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with colleagues, balanced by independence and initiative.
  • The ideal candidate should be able to effectively translate highly technical quantitative research and analysis into actionable and easy to digest messaging for use in BIO advocacy materials.