She Didn’t Need To Be Commissioner: Janet Woodcock’s Transformative Legacy
She is as polarizing as she is powerful, but whether you think Janet Woodcock is drug development’s hero or public health’s enemy, there’s no denying she dramatically transformed the US FDA over her 35-year career.
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