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The Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs Welcomes Benedicte Callan

AUSTIN, Texas, August 20, 2009 – Benedicte Callan, the Head of the Biotechnology Unit for the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), is joining the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs research team as a Sid Richardson Fellow focusing on health policy and innovation and as a research affiliate of the Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP).

“Benedicte Callan brings to CHASP a very unique perspective and extensive knowledge of innovation in health efforts in the OECD countries and will also conduct work on economic and environmental sustainability of bio-based products/processes,” said Interim Dean of the LBJ School Admiral Bobby R. Inman, U.S. Navy (Ret.) “Our expanding cluster of health policy researchers is rapidly increasing the School’s prominence in this field. We look forward to welcoming Benedicte into our community.”

Previously, Callan worked for 12 years at the Organization of Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) where she served as Principal Administrator of Health for the Biotechnology Division and most recently, Head of the Biotechnology Unit.  At the OECD, Callan had practical experience in building international consensus on good policy practice in a broad range of science, innovation and economic policy issues related to biotechnology’s applications to industry, health and the environment.  Her most recent publications focus on health and innovation policy in OECD countries and meeting global health goals.  Over 2009-2010, she will work on a project about policies, which support knowledge networks and markets for biomedical data.

Callan has worked extensively on high tech trade, intellectual property rights policy, and innovation policy. Prior to the OECD, Callan was a Fellow for Political Economy at the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.  Callan received her PhD from the University of California-Berkley in Political Science in 1995 and her BA from Yale University in Biology and East Asian Studies.

The Center for Health and Social Policy (CHASP) at the Lyndon B. Johnson School of Public Affairs, The University of Texas at Austin, addresses health and social policy concerns by conducting policy research, educating students and practitioners to become future leaders, and providing a forum for debate and dialogue among today’s foremost policymakers and scholars about critical health and social policy issues.