Dr. Bertagnolli is a surgical oncologist, cancer researcher, educator, and current director of the National Cancer Institute (NCI). She previously served as the Richard E. Wilson Professor of Surgery in the field of surgical oncology at Harvard Medical School, a surgeon at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, and a member of the Gastrointestinal Cancer Treatment and Sarcoma Centers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
The MDDT program was developed in collaboration with the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH’s) National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), National Institute of Dental Craniofacial Research (NIDCR) and National Cancer Institute (NCI) as a way for the FDA to qualify tools that medical device sponsors can use in the development and evaluation of medical devices.
The agency is seeking solutions to rapidly address public health needs related to the pandemic.
A $10 million award from the National Science Foundation could help Rice University make this concept a reality.