John Osborn

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John E. Osborn has had a multifaceted career as a lawyer, business executive, policy advocate and former diplomat. At the UW, he has lectured on international treaties, healthcare competition law and policy, and law and entrepreneurship. He also holds a courtesy appointment at the Jackson School of International Studies.

John has been a visiting research fellow in politics at Princeton and in socio-legal studies at Oxford, and is a frequent guest lecturer at the University of Michigan. He has published widely, including a seminal article on regulating off-label scientific medical and clinical information in the Yale Journal of Health Policy, Law & Ethics that was cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in United States v. Caronia (2012).

John is a senior advisor with the international law firm Hogan Lovells, and serves as an executive-in-residence and advisor to the healthcare group of the private equity firm Warburg Pincus. He has held senior executive positions with several prominent life sciences and healthcare companies, including Cephalon, Onyx Pharmaceuticals, Dendreon, McKesson Specialty Health/US Oncology, and a Merck joint venture company, and has served on the board of directors or the corporate advisory board of Eaglet Corporation (NASDAQ:EGLT), QPID Health, Inc. and Incept BioSystems, Inc.

John was nominated by President George W. Bush and confirmed by the Senate as a member of the bipartisan United States Advisory Commission on Public Diplomacy, and he served with the U.S. Department of State during the George H.W. Bush administration.

Following law school, he clerked for Senior Judge Albert V. Bryan of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. Early in his career, he worked on Capitol Hill in the offices of former Congressman Jim Leach and the late Senator John Heinz, and was a policy analyst with the Congressional Budget Office. He served as a member of the board of governors of the East-West Center in Honolulu, and has been a visiting scholar in East European Studies with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars, and an Eisenhower Fellow to Northern Ireland. He is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations, the American Law Institute, and the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

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