William S. Comanor is a professor of Health Policy and Management, and also a professor of Economics at UC Santa Barbara. At UCLA, he is the Director of a research program on Pharmaceutical Economics and Policy, and also organizes a seminar by the same name. Dr. Comanor received his PhD in Economics from Harvard University in 1964. Since completing his dissertation on "The Economics of Research and Development in the Pharmaceutical Industry," that subject has been one of his primary interests. He has written and lectured on various topics in this area, and founded the research program he now directs. From 1991 through 1993, he served on the advisory panel of a federal government study on pharmaceutical research and development, and from 1978 through 1980 was the Chief Economist and Director of the Bureau of Economics at the U.S. Federal Trade Commission in Washington.