Michael Werner is a partner in Holland & Knight's Washington, D.C. office. He has almost three decades of healthcare law, lobbying, regulatory, reimbursement and policy development experience in Washington. He is also is the cofounder and executive director of the Alliance for Regenerative Medicine, a Washington, D.C.-based organization whose mission is to advocate for federal funding, regulatory and reimbursement policies that will advance regenerative medicine research and product development. Before joining Holland & Knight, Werner was president of The Werner Group, a Washington, D.C.-based firm that provided lobbying, regulatory, and bioethics consulting services for biotechnology and pharmaceutical companies, physicians, health plans, investors, and patient advocacy groups. Prior to founding The Werner Group, he was chief of policy for the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO), representing over 1000 biotechnology companies in the U.S. and other countries. Werner is also a founding member of the Board of Directors of the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research. He was senior healthcare advisor to U.S. Senate Majority Leader George Mitchell, a congressional investigator for the U.S. Senate Special Committee on Aging, and senior advisor to Maryland Governor William Donald Schaefer. Werner is a frequent media commentator and has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Science, Scientific American, The Washington Post, BIOWorld, Congressional Quarterly and The Baltimore Sun, as well as on many TV and radio news programs. In 2013, he was named one of the Top 50 Global Stem Cell Influencers by Total BioPharma.