Diana Pankevich

Director of Science & Innovation Policy at Pfizer

University of Rochester, B.S. Biology with Neuroscience Concentration
Boston University, Ph.D. in Neuroscience

Diana serves as a Director for Science & Innovation Policy at Pfizer, where she leads policy development for issues related to clinical trials, including enrollment, diversity, and data sharing. Diana also serves as the policy lead for issues related to oncology, digital health, and expanded access. Diana’s primary interest is in the development and implementation of evidence-based science- and health-related policies.

Previously, Diana worked at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), where she supported President Obama’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). As part of the executive secretariat for PCAST, Diana worked on a range of topics, including private sector adaptation to climate change, forensic science, technology for aging, and ensuring the safety of the Nation’s drinking water.

Prior to OSTP, Diana was a program officer on the Board on Health Sciences Policy at the Institute of Medicine, where she staffed the Forum on Neuroscience and Nervous System Disorders. There she focused on various issues, including mental health care in sub-Saharan Africa and accelerating the development of therapeutics for nervous system disorders.

Diana received her Ph.D. in neuroscience from Boston University. After graduating from Boston University, she completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Pennsylvania Veterinary School. Diana has a B.S. in Biology with a concentration in neuroscience from the University of Rochester.


What are you most proud of in your work or life?

Always trying to move the conversation forward and be a change maker

What are your passions and hobbies?

Scuba diving, reading, photography

Do you have a personal motto or other words to live by?

“Risk is like fire: If controlled it will help you; if uncontrolled it will rise up and destroy you.” — Theodore Roosevelt

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