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FDA Veteran Being Considered to Lead Agency Under Biden

  • Joshua Sharfstein, former Obama FDA official, also in running
  • Woodcock expected to become acting commissioner as Hahn exits
Janet Woodcock
Janet WoodcockPhotographer: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call/Getty Images

Janet Woodcock, a 30-year veteran of the Food and Drug Administration, is being considered by President-elect Joe Biden to serve as commissioner of the agency, according to people familiar with the selection process.

Woodcock is expected to serve as acting head of the drug regulator after Biden’s inauguration next week, while being vetted by the Biden team for the permanent job along with former FDA principal deputy commissioner Joshua Sharfstein, according to the people.