L. Val Giddings is President and CEO of PrometheusAB, Inc., providing consulting services in regulatory compliance, media, and strategic planning. Before founding PrometheusAB Giddings served for eight years as Vice President for Food & Agriculture of the Biotechnology Industry Organization. At BIO, Giddings built a highly regarded program representing global biotech companies in policy, regulation, media and international affairs relating to agricultural biotechnology. Giddings holds a PhD in Genetics and has nearly three decades of experience in biotechnology policy and regulation. Before joining BIO he spent 8 years with the biotech products regulatory division of USDA/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 US 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 and work 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.