Doug Kelly, MD, MBA Joins FDA’s Center for Devices & Radiological Health as Deputy Director for Science

Life Science Partner is pleased to announce the recruitment of Doug Kelly, MD, MBA as Deputy Director for Science to the Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA, CDRH).

FDA, CDRH is responsible for protecting and promoting public health by assuring that patients and providers have timely and continued access to safe, effective, and high-quality medical devices and safe radiation-emitting products. They provide the community with accessible science-based information about the products they oversee and facilitate medical device innovation by advancing regulatory science. The CDRH also provides industry with predictable, consistent, and transparent regulatory pathways to assure consumer confidence in the devices marketed in the United States.

With the tremendous advancements in technology and a new age for telemedicine and remote patient monitoring, the CDRH is also focusing on advancing their field of digital health. Housed within the CDRH is the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technological Innovation. This unit provides leadership for all scientific collaborative and emerging technology, including the new division of Digital Health, which focuses on providing leadership and oversight in the development, review, and implementation of new software services that are aimed at healthcare.

Doug Kelly is a leader in the field of innovative medical technologies. After earning his medical degree from Albert Einstein College of Medicine and his MBA from Stanford University, Kelly was one of the founding members of Ligand Pharmaceuticals, where he served as the Manager of Business Development and helped recruit their Scientific Advisory Board and manage relationships with corporate partners. In 1996, he helped create a new venture fund, Alloy Ventures, and identified new opportunities for investments in seed- and later-stage medical device, drug discovery, biotechnology and healthcare IT companies.

Dr. Kelly will play a critical, external-facing role for the CDRH and the Office of Strategic Partnerships and Technological Innovation by collaborating with leaders in industry, academia, and healthcare innovation, leveraging his wealth of experience in the medical device investment community.

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