Richard Bagger

Richard Bagger
Member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Rich Bagger served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Affairs and Market Access for Celgene from January 2012 through December 2019, with responsibility for communications, patient advocacy, government relations and policy, market access, global health and corporate responsibility. Before joining Celgene, Rich was Chief of Staff for New Jersey Governor Chris Christie, managing implementation of the Governor’s policy agenda and priorities. Rich’s public service also includes 11 years in the New Jersey Senate and Assembly, where he was Chair of the Appropriations Committee and Majority Conference Leader.   Previously, Rich was employed by Pfizer for more than 16 years in a series of positions of increasing responsibility within the company’s U.S. Pharmaceuticals, Corporate Affairs and Worldwide Pharmaceuticals Divisions.  Rich is a member of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and the Immediate Past Chair of the Global Innovation Policy Center. He received an A.B. degree from Princeton University’s Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs and a J.D. degree from Rutgers University Law School.

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USA: World’s Best in Access to Innovative and Creative Works

When evaluating policy options, U.S. policymakers would be wise to look for best practices to consider – or, perhaps more importantly, worst practices to avoid – from around the world. So, as some in Congress seek to import price controls and other harmful policies commonplace in countries with inferior consumer access to innovative products and services, it’s worth considering the consequences such policies would have on the innovation ecosystem that has long set the U.S. apart from other developed economies around the world.