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President Nominates Dr. Stephen Hahn for FDA Commissioner

President Nominates Dr. Stephen Hahn for FDA Commissioner

Friends thanks Dr. Ned Sharpless for his leadership and public service


Washington, DC – October 31, 2019 – Today, President Trump announced the nomination of Dr. Stephen Hahn to be the next Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. 


“The FDA plays a critical role in protecting and promoting health – a mission that impacts all Americans,” said Dr. Ellen Sigal, Chair and Founder of Friends of Cancer Research (Friends). “A confirmed Commissioner with the upmost scientific integrity and a direct understanding of patients’ needs is a necessity to fulfill that mission. Dr. Sharpless has led the agency with a strong focus on advancing innovation, improving public health, and doing what is right by patients. We are grateful for his leadership.”


Friends recognizes that the next Commissioner will lead the agency at a pivotal time. We look forward to working with FDA to address immediate priorities that include:

  • Implementing the necessary quality assurances for diagnostic test oversight;
  • Developing a framework for cutting-edge individualized technologies like cell and gene therapies;
  • Ensuring the accuracy of drug labels over time; and
  • Setting the groundwork for the upcoming re-authorization of FDA user fees programs.

Dr. Hahn, a board-certified radiation oncologist, currently serves as the Chief Medical Executive at MD Anderson Cancer Center. Upon his confirmation, Friends looks forward to working with Dr. Hahn to continue and expand the vital work that both Former Commissioner Gottlieb and Dr. Sharpless set forth. 


We wish Dr. Hahn the best during this confirmation process. 


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