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FDA’s Torti Tapped As Acting Commissioner; Interim Heads Also Named For HHS, CMS

This article was originally published in The Pink Sheet Daily

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Chief scientist Frank Torti is a relative newcomer to FDA, having joined less than a year ago from Wake Forest University. Since then, he has headed the agency’s successful fellowship program.

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