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Nation’s cancer chief designated acting FOOD AND DRUG ADMINISTRATION commissioner

© H. Darr Beiser/ Dr. Norman “Ned”Sharpless, director of the National Cancer Institute, is named acting FDA commissioner.

Nationwide Cancer Institute Director Norman “Ned” Sharpless will become acting commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, succeeding Scott Gottlieb, who is leaving the following month, Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar said Tuesday.

Sharpless, 52, an efficient researcher, oncologist and administrator, has been director of the cancer institute for about 18 months, earning good reviews from cancer advocates, patient groups and educational researchers.

Sharpless has had a cordial connection with Gottlieb, who backed his appointment to the FDA job. And he has become a regular player in evening basketball games organized by FDA authorities. Gottlieb stated a week ago he could be resigning to spend more time with his wife and three young children, who live in Connecticut.

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