FDA Appoints New Officers

April 22, 2007
BioPharm International Editors

Joanne Less has become the acting director of the US Food and Drug Administration's Office of Combination Products (OCP).

Joanne Less has become the acting director of the US Food and Drug Administration’s Office of Combination Products (OCP). Less replaces Mark Kramer, who recently resigned as FDA’s director of the OCP. Less is currently the associate director for clinical research and government affairs in the Center for Devices and Radiological Health and is that Center’s expert on the laws, regulations, and policies governing the clinical investigation of medical devices, particularly those related to human subject protection.

Jim Shugars has been named the director for the Office of Information Technology, CDER (OIT–CDER). Jim will report to the FDA CIO and manage the IT staff that supports CDER. Jim has served as acting director for OIT-CDER for over a year. Jim works with a wide range of government and contract personnel in defining, developing, and implementing automated systems.