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Woodcock to serve as acting FDA commissioner, Sharfstein a contender for top FDA job

Kessler will advise Biden on COVID-19, will not return to FDA

Jan 13, 2021 | 10:31 PM GMT

David Kessler is out of the running for nomination as FDA commissioner, leaving Joshua Sharfstein as a front-runner to lead FDA, sources briefed by the Biden transition team told BioCentury. While the list of candidates had narrowed to Kessler and Sharfstein, the delay in naming a candidate for the position could be a sign that other names are being considered. 

Janet Woodcock is expected to be named acting FDA commissioner, according to the sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity.


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