FDA Awards $2 Million For Centers of Excellence

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The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) yesterday awarded $2 million to support the establishment of two regional Centers of Excellence in Regulatory Science and Innovation at the University of Maryland in College Park, Maryland and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C.

According to the FDA, researchers at both centers have been tasked with assisting federal regulators in "driving innovation in medical product development, as well as in advancing laboratory, population, behavioral and manufacturing sciences."

FDA Chief Scientist Jesse Goodman said in a statement announcing the awards that the Centers of Excellence will create new scientific research, training, and staff exchange opportunities for FDA and leading area institutions.

The creation of the centers comprises part of the agency’s "Advancing Regulatory Science at FDA" plan, released this past August.

Read the strategic plan.