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    EMA nominates executive director to replace Rasi

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA) Management Board on Thursday nominated Emer Cooke from a short list of candidates to succeed Guido Rasi as the agency’s next executive director.   Rasi, whose second term as EMA executive director ends on 15 November, served as Executive Director from 2011-2014 before being forced to step down after the European Union Civil Service Tribunal annulled his appointment. (RELATED: Rasi returns to head EMA for five-year term , Regula...
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    FDA Names New Office of Generic Drugs Director

    In an email to staff on Tuesday, Janet Woodcock, director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA) Center for Drug Evaluation and Research (CDER) announced that Sally Choe will take over for Kathleen Uhl as Director of the Office of Generic Drugs (OGD) upon Uhl’s retirement at the end of the month after serving more than 20 years at the agency.   “With more than 18 years of experience in global drug development, Sally is an accomplished leader in both governmen...
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    WHO Elects First African Director-General

    The World Health Organization (WHO) on Tuesday announced that Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Ethiopia has been elected by member states as the new Director-General of WHO. Nominated by the Ethiopian government, he will begin his five-year term on 1 July 2017 and succeed Dr. Margaret Chan, who has been Director-General since January 2007. Chan addressed the 70th World Health Assembly on Monday, noting the challenges that lay ahead for the agency. Ghebreye...
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    RAPS Appoints Paul Brooks as Next Executive Director

    • 11 August 2016
    RAPS today announced that Paul Brooks has been appointed executive director. Brooks will officially join RAPS on 12 September 2016. He succeeds Sherry Keramidas, who retired last January after 20 years at RAPS. Brooks served on the RAPS board of directors from 2008 through 2013, and was chairman in 2013. He has been actively involved with RAPS as a volunteer representative and leader for two decades. “After a thorough search, the board of directors unanimously ...
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    RAPS Releases Position Specification for New Executive Director

    RAPS has taken the next step in its search for a new executive director , releasing the position specification , which details the qualifications, responsibilities and competencies required of potential candidates. RAPS' board of directors and its executive director search committee worked with executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA) to develop the specification. The full position specification document is available online or by contacting RRA...
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    RAPS Launches Search for New Executive Director, Announces Interim Management Team

    • 18 February 2016
    The RAPS board of directors announced today that it has initiated a search for its next executive director and that it has selected Russell Reynolds Associates (RRA), a global leader in assessment, recruitment and succession planning, as its partner in identifying a new leader. RAPS, which is the world’s largest organization serving professionals involved in the regulation of medical products, this year celebrates its 40th anniversary in providing leading educatio...
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    RAPS Announces Retirement of Executive Director

    • 11 December 2015
    RAPS announced today the retirement of its Executive Director Sherry Keramidas whose leadership during a 20-year tenure helped advance the healthcare regulatory profession. She will retire on 31 January 2016. “Sherry has served RAPS and its members during a critical period of change in the healthcare industry,” according to RAPS Chairman of the Board Rainer Voelksen. “Her constancy throughout ensured RAPS’ mission to provide leading education and professional deve...
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    A Second Chance? EMA Board Nominates Guido Rasi to Lead Again

    The European Medicines Agency’s (EMA’s) Management Board on Thursday nominated Professor Guido Rasi as the executive director of the agency, a little less than a year after he was forced to step down from the position. Rasi has been invited to give a statement to the European Parliament’s Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety (ENVI) on 13 October 2015, and the appointment of the new executive director will be made after this session. The EMA told ...
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    Leader Sought for FDA's Influential Office of Device Evaluation

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is seeking a permanent leader for its medical device-focused Office of Device Evaluation (ODE), the division responsible for reviewing nearly all medical devices marketed in the US. The office was most recently run by Christy Foreman, who stepped down in September 2014 to take a new role within FDA's new Center for Tobacco Products. Bill Maisel, deputy director for science and chief scientist at FDA's Center for Devices and R...
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    Facing Key Challenges, FDA's Office of Generic Drugs Seeks Deputy Director

    The US Food and Drug Administration's (FDA) Office of Generic Drugs (OGD), fresh off the appointment of a permanent director last month, is hoping to hire someone to act as the office's second-in-command. In a notice posted to the USA Jobs website this week , OGD, which oversees the regulation of all generic pharmaceutical products in the US, said it is trying to fill an open position for deputy director of OGD. The position would be responsible for helping to plan, m...
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    EMA's Top Drug Regulator, Guido Rasi, Forced to Step Down

    In a major development, the head of the European Medicines Agency (EMA), Guido Rasi, has been forced to step down by the EU Civil Service Tribunal after adjudicators found that the European Commission had improperly selected him in 2011. The case against Rasi's appointment was filed by Emil Hristov, formerly with the Bulgarian Drug Agency and a member of EMA's board, who maintained that EMA and the European Commission had improperly assembled a short list of candidates...
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    FDA Announces Hire of New Top Food and Dietary Supplements Regulator

    The US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has announced the hire of a new leader for its Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, just months after announcing that the center's current leader, Michael Landa, is set to retire. FDA said as of January 2015, Dr. Susan Mayne will assume the position of director, CFSAN from the retiring Landa. Mayne, a scientist by training, has extensive experience in nutrition, toxicology and epidemiology, according to FDA. The agen...