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Cancer Institute's Sharpless Tapped as Acting Chief of FDA

Norman Sharpless
Norman Sharpless

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Ned Sharpless, the director of the National Cancer Institute, will be named temporary chief of the Food and Drug Administration, taking for now the post being vacated by Scott Gottlieb.

Sharpless will serve as acting head of the agency when Gottlieb leaves later this month, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said at an appearance on Capitol Hill on Tuesday.