FDA Veteran Woodcock Being Considered to Lead Agency Under Biden

Jan. 14, 2021, 4:30 PM

Janet Woodcock, a 30-year veteran of the Food and Drug Administration, is being considered by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as commissioner of the agency, according to people familiar with the selection process.

Woodcock is expected to serve as acting head of the drug regulator after Biden’s inauguration next week, while being vetted by the Biden team for the permanent job along with former FDA principal deputy commissioner Joshua Sharfstein, according to the people.

Earlier this year, Woodcock stepped aside as director of the FDA’s Center for Drug Evaluation and Research to lead an effort to accelerate Covid-19 ...

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