Prescription for Progress: Peter and I Dish It Out on June 8th in DC With Andy von Eschenbach in Tow

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  • 06/02/2006

I had the privilege to chair an FDA reform task force for the Manhattan Institute, an undertaking Mark McClellan suggested after I invited him to speak at an MI event when I was an MI senior fellow in 2003. I met with two senior FDA officals — Peter Pitts and Scott Gottlieb — that same year about how the report might help to advance the FDA’s fledgling Critical Path initiative. Peter was — like the rest of the FDAers involved in the project — visionary, supportive and courageous in combatting the negativism surrounding the effort. The Task Force we put together was (and is) dedicated, caring and thoughtful, working for free and giving graciously of their time, effort and insights. The result is a biomedical call to arms to apply the insights of drug discovery to the process of drug develpment to make medicine more predictive, preventive and personalized. The agenda surrounding the rollout of the report is below. We hope you can all attend.



Prescription for Progress: The Critical Path for
Drug Development
by Robert Goldberg, PhD and Peter Pitts

M Street Hotel
1143 New Hampshire Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C.
Thursday, June 8, 2006

Keynote Speaker:

Andrew C. von Eschenbach, M.D.
Acting Commissioner, U.S. Food and Drug Administration

8:30-9:00 AM


9:00-9:10 AM
Introduction and Overview

Robert Goldberg, Ph.D., Chairman, 21st Century FDA Task Force, Vice President & Co-Founder, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest, Peter Pitts, Director, Center for Medicine in the Public Interest

Panel 1: Roundtable on Prescription for Progress: The Critical Path to Drug Development

Moderator: Michael Weber, M.D., Professor of Medicine, SUNY Downstate College of Medicine

Jeffrey Cossman, M.D., Chief Scientific Officer, The Critical Path Institute
Gualberto Ruano, M.D., Ph.D., President, Genomas, and Director of Cardiovascular Research, Hartford Hospital
Robert McBurney, Ph.D., Senior Vice President, Research and Development, and Chief Scientific Officer, BG Medicine, Inc,
Scott Gottlieb, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Medical and Scientific Affairs, FDA

10:15-10:30 AM

10:30-11:35 AM
Panel II: The Critical Path Today and Tomorrow: Challenges and Opportunities

Moderator: Steve Usdin, Senior Editor, BioCentury Publications

Janet Woodcock, M.D., Deputy Commissioner for Operations, FDA
Meryl Comer, Patient Advocate for Alzheimer龝 Research
Peter Hotez, Ph.D, M.D., Professor and Chair, Department of Microbiology, Immunology and Tropical Medicine, George Washington University Medical Center

11:35-12:15 PM
Keynote Address

Keynote: Andrew von Eschenbach, M.D., Acting Commissioner, FDA


Center for Medicine in the Public Interest is a nonprofit, non-partisan organization promoting innovative solutions that advance medical progress, reduce health disparities, extend life and make health care more affordable, preventive and patient-centered. CMPI also provides the public, policymakers and the media a reliable source of independent scientific analysis on issues ranging from personalized medicine, food and drug safety, health care reform and comparative effectiveness.

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