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FDA's Goodman named acting chief medical officer: Jesse Goodman is serving as FDA's acting chief medical officer as the agency management realigns to prepare for the new administration's topside leadership team. Goodman, director of the Center for Biologics Evaluation & Research since 2002, was detailed to the CMO post the week of March 9, FDA said. CBER Deputy Director Karen Midthun is now running the biologics center. A virologist by training, Goodman joined FDA in 1998 to direct the interagency task force on antimicrobial resistance. He later moved into CBER, where his work on bioterrorism preparedness brought him into the same orbit as FDA Commissioner-nominee Margaret Hamburg. The two served on several Institute of Medicine panels focused on microbial threats and bioterrorism preparedness in 2002 and 2003. Goodman was also selected as FDA's lone representative on the Federal Coordinating Committee on Comparative Effectiveness Research, appointed by the Department of Health and Human Services March 19

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