Peter Barton Hutt is a partner in the Washington, D.C. law firm of Covington & Burling specializing in food and drug law. Hutt was elected to the board of directors of Celera in 2008. He graduated from Yale College and Harvard Law School and obtained a master’s degree in Food and Drug Law from NYU Law School. Hutt served as chief counsel for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) during 1971-1975. He is the co-author of the casebook used to teach food and drug law throughout the country. He teaches a full course on this subject during the winter term at Harvard Law School and has taught the same course during the spring term at Stanford Law School. He has been a member of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) since it was founded in 1970 and currently serves on the IOM board on healthcare services. He was named by The Washingtonian magazine as one of Washington’s 50 best lawyers (out of some 40,000) and as one of Washington’s 100 most influential people, by the National Law Journal as one of the 40 best healthcare lawyers in the U.S., and by the European Counsel as the best FDA regulatory specialist in Washington, D.C.