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CDRH's Innovation Pathway: A Quicker Route For Breakthrough Devices?

This article was originally published in The Gray Sheet

Executive Summary

For a select few devices per year, FDA says it will speed up pre-market development times by intensifying staff efforts, with a particular focus on very early-stage, frequent interactions with product sponsors.

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