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Fostering Innovation Through Better Science

Science is the backbone of everything we do at FDA.  Which is why today’s release of the agency’s Strategic Plan for Regulatory Science is a significant next step in the agency’s Regulatory Science Initiative, originally announced in October, 2010.  We are releasing the plan along with a podcast and a consumer article to make it easier for everyone to join this conversation about regulatory science and understand what this plan really means.

“As new discoveries yield increasingly complex products,” says FDA Commissioner Margaret A. Hamburg, M.D. “this strategic plan ensures that our experts are equipped to make science-based decisions resulting in sound regulatory policy.  It positions us to foster innovation through better science without compromising our high safety standard.”

This plan calls for a sweeping modernization of the science used in developing and evaluating products critical to the nation’s health, economy and security.  It recognizes the important role the agency must play in fostering innovations in the marketplace today to address the public health challenges of tomorrow.                       

All around us we see evidence that new technologies are creating unprecedented opportunities to prevent and cure disease as well as to grow our high tech economy.  As my colleague and FDA’s Chief Scientist Dr. Jesse Goodman says:  “This plan will help turn advances in science into products that benefit people, and help FDA assure that happens more quickly and safely.  It is win-win-win, because it will help the public, the agency and developers of new products.” 

This plan signals clearly the agency’s intent to work collaboratively with our colleagues in academia and industry to enhance the process for developing and evaluating promising new products and novel materials emerging from fields such as cell therapies, tissue engineering, genomics and personalized medicine, and through use of advanced computing and information technology.  

As we move forward, we welcome ideas and comments.  We are inviting our partners, domestic and international, and the public to join the conversation as we take the steps necessary to advance and target the best regulatory science to help meet the nation’s highest public health priorities and medical needs.

Thank you.

Vicki Seyfert-Margolis

  1. August 18, 2011 at 7:03 pm

    Great post, science should be innovative or it will end up that new scientific ideas will be opposed by the establishment even if they are based on proofs and facts.

  2. August 19, 2011 at 11:23 am

    Reassuring that your making such necessary steps for public safety. Thumbs Up!

    D.B. Lloyd

  3. Peter Noverini
    August 22, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    This is excellent news, and very glad to see a continued push to move pharmaceutical and regulatory science into the future!

  4. Anonymous
    September 12, 2011 at 7:06 pm

    This is great, keep up the good work.

  5. September 23, 2011 at 1:14 pm

    Just to add that technology is becoming more than integral part of our daily life. And in future we may see new advancement in this area, which will obviously made our life simple and enjoyable. And the contribution of FDA towards this trend can not be ignored.

  6. September 23, 2011 at 9:36 pm

    Lets hope this helps innovation in the next few years!

  7. September 25, 2011 at 9:09 am

    This is great, keep up the good work.

  8. October 15, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    This is great, good work, thanks

  9. October 27, 2011 at 2:09 pm

    Having been in the medical field for many years I can say there is no option here, the FDA must keep up with the industry.

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