Margaret Anderson is executive director of FasterCures / The Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions, an "action tank" working to improve the medical research system — so that we can speed up the time it takes to get important new medicines from discovery to patients. She defines the organization's strategic priorities and positions on key issues, develops its programmatic portfolio, and manages its operations. In her role, she helps bring sectors together to facilitate collaboration, and ensures policies are in place to promote medical progress.
In 2011, the Clinical Research Forum recognized her with an award for leadership in public advocacy, a testament to the positive impact of her leadership and FasterCures' vital role in improving the medical research system. She is the president of the Alliance for a Stronger FDA and a board member of the Council for American Medical Innovation and the Coalition for the Advancement of Medical Research. Anderson is also co-chair of the Council on Data and Research, a part of the eHealth Initiative, and serves as a member of both the Prostate Cancer Foundation Government Affairs Committee and the Institute of Medicine's Forum on Drug Discovery, Development and Translation. She has held numerous committee and coalition memberships for federal agencies and professional associations in the biomedical and public health arena.
Prior to her appointment as executive director, she was FasterCures' COO for five years. Anderson previously served as deputy director of the Academy for Educational Development and led programs and studies at the Society for Women's Health Research, the American Public Health Association and the Congressional Office of Technology Assessment. She holds a bachelor's degree from the University of Maryland and a master's degree in science, technology and public policy from George Washington University's Elliott School of International Affairs.