VA, FDA partner to bring medical innovations to vets and non-vets

The Department of Veterans Affairs and the Food and Drug Administration are collaborating to bring medical innovations that benefit veterans and non-veterans alike faster. Photo credit Food and Drug Administration

A new collaboration that aims to speed the time it takes for medical innovations to reach veterans and non-veterans alike has been announced by the Department of Veterans Affairs and the Food and Drug Administration.

The partnership will equip innovators with standardized tools to help test the safety and efficacy of their products during development. It will see FDA staff will co-locate with VA staff at the VA Ventures Innovation Institute in Seattle, Washington.

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Working together, FDA staff will focus on the regulatory science which evaluates the benefits and risks of new products. VA staff will provide the clinical context for test development, hands-on training for product developers and other immersive experiences.

“By working side by side, VA and FDA will leverage our combined strengths and expertise to bring the most promising health care technology innovations to Veterans — and Americans at large — faster than ever before,” said VA Under Secretary for Health Dr. Shereef Elnahal, M.D. in a statement.

The resulting tools and training will provide innovators with straightforward, reproducible, and cost-effective testing methods throughout the product development cycle.

“Both the FDA and VA need to stay at the forefront of new medical technology development and the science of evaluating new technology,” said Director of FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiological Health Dr. Jeff Shuren. “This strategic alignment between our organizations creates a unique environment to achieve shared objectives for accelerating patient access to safe, innovative and effective medical devices.”

This partnership was formalized Sept. 22. Visit VA Ventures to learn more.

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Featured Image Photo Credit: Food and Drug Administration