Gregory Conko is a Senior Fellow at the Competitive Enterprise Institute. His research focuses on health care, food and drug regulation, agriculture and agricultural trade, and nutrition and public health. He also has broad expertise in science and environmental policy and in administrative and regulatory law. Conko rejoined the CEI staff in November 2019 after serving as Deputy Director of the George Mason University Law & Economics Center. Earlier in his career, he was a Research Associate at the Capital Research Center, and later a Senior Fellow and then Executive Director of CEI.

Conko is the author or co-author of numerous books, studies, and articles, including the 2013 American Council on Science and Health report, Food and You: A Guide to Modern Agricultural Biotechnology. And his book, The Frankenfood Myth: How Protest and Politics Threaten the Biotech Revolution, co-authored with Henry I. Miller, was named one of the 25 best books of 2004 by Barron’s. His other writings have appeared in such journals as Nature BiotechnologyTransgenic ResearchHealth Matrix: Journal of Law & Medicine, and the Cumberland Law Review, and in such newspapers as the Financial TimesThe Wall Street JournalLos Angeles Times, and USA Today.

Conko is a member of the Federalist Society’s Regulatory Transparency Project Working Groups on Regulatory Process and FDA & Health, a Senior Affiliated Scholar with the Mercatus Center at George Mason University, and a member of the American Council on Science and Health’s Board of Scientific and Policy Advisors. He was also a co-founder and member of the board of directors of the AgBioWorld Foundation in Auburn, Alabama. He received a JD degree magna cum laude from the George Mason University School of Law and a BA in political science and history from American University. He lives in Virginia with his wife and son.


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