Karen Van Nuys

    Karen Van Nuys, PhD

    Executive Director,  Value in Life Sciences Innovation (VLSI) project


    Karen Van Nuys, Ph.D., joined the Schaeffer Center as Executive Director of the Value in Life Sciences Innovation (VLSI) project.  She leads this major undertaking, working with an advisory steering committee, thought leaders, and Schaeffer Center faculty to develop and execute a strategic research road map and provide measurable outcomes of VLSI research impact.  Karen has held positions as a Senior Research Economist at Precision Health Economics, Independent Consulting Economist, Principal and Priority Service Offering Director at Booz Allen Hamilton, Distinguished Lecturer at UCLA Anderson Graduate School of Management, and Assistant Professor at the William E. Simon Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Rochester.  Karen’s research interests include value of innovation and novel demonstrations of value in healthcare.  Karen holds a Ph.D. in Economics from Stanford University and a M.A. and B.A. in Economics from UC San Diego.

    About the Value of Life Sciences Innovation Project 
    The Value in Life Sciences Innovation (VLSI) Project was created with the intent to develop new strategic innovations in value-based health care.  This undertaking will take a science-based approach to independently assess healthcare institutions, payment systems, and markets governing the life sciences industry.  Guidance for the project will come from a distinguished board of overseers representing diverse stakeholders.  The goal is to better align incentives between payers and providers, improve healthcare quality and population health, while curtailing spending.