President Joe Biden has nominated Robert Califf to serve as FDA Commissioner. Califf previously served as FDA Commissioner at the end of the Obama administration.
Califf was previously the FDA Commissioner from 2016-17 and has nearly 40 years of experience as a doctor, researcher, leader and public servant. Currently, he is a professor of medicine at the Duke University School of Medicine, where he previously served as Vice Chancellor and found the Duke Clinical Research Institute.
“Dr. Robert Califf is one of the most experienced clinical trialists in the country, and has the experience and expertise to lead the Food and Drug Administration during a critical time in our nation’s fight to put an end to the coronavirus pandemic,” President Biden said in a statement.
Califf, if confirmed, will be charged with managing the FDA’s COVID-19 response efforts. He will also oversee food safety rules and regulations, as well as the agency’s portfolio, including the execution of the Federal Food, Drug, and Cosmetic Act.
Califf is currently employed by Google and Verily Life Sciences, according to his Duke biography.
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