Distinguished Career Award Recipient

Portrait by Egon Jonsson

HTAi is proud to announce David Banta as recipient of the inaugural HTAi Distinguished Career Award, to be known subsequently as the H. David Banta Distinguished Career Award in his honour.

Professor Banta has unquestionably had a great impact on the establishment and development of the field of HTA, and HTAi is pleased to honour his outstanding achievements.

Under Professor Banta’s leadership from 1975 to 1982, the Health Program of the US Congressional Office of Technology Assessment (OTA) played a leading role in establishing the field and methods of HTA, and its work was highly influential in the early development of HTA in European countries. Dr. Banta is extensively involved in the development of Europe and around the world since the late 1970s. From 1983 to 1985 he was the Deputy Director of the Pan-American Health Organization, working throughout Latin America to develop HTA. In the 1990s he led the pioneering EUR-ASSESS project, a European Commission-funded project to develop coordination of HTA activities in Europe, and its successor, HTA-Europe. These projects were instrumental in establishing a formal basis for HTA collaboration in Europe and a spirit of cooperation that has endured into the present.

Professor Banta was one of the founders of the International Society for Technology Assessment in Health Care, HTAi’s predecessor society. He edited the Society’s newsletter for more than 10 years, participated in establishing HTAi, and has been a member of the Editorial Board of the International Journal of Technology Assessment in Health Care since its founding.

Prof. Banta’s acceptance speech (Bilbao, 2012)