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Today we learn that the U of R, in conjunction with the United States Food and Drug Administration, is putting on an “America’s Got Talent” competition. Check it out here.

Students at the University of Rochester are invited to participate in the 3rd annual competition! The competition aims to promote student interest in Regulatory Science – the science of developing new tools, standards and approaches to assess the safety, efficacy, quality and performance of FDA-regulated products. The competition involves each team developing and presenting a proposed solution to a current opportunity in the area of Regulatory Science.

Good Grief Charlie Brown! There always has to be a plan, a solution, a policy, a program, right? Imagine a student group getting up to do their presentation and spending 5 minutes in silence? Imagine a group suggesting that perhaps we can pay more attention to drug lag and drug loss and the very real possibility that the mere existence of the FDA (certainly its marginal existence) is killing people. Imagine a group suggesting that just like the world free rides on American military might (a dubious assumption particularly if you think it possible that such projections of military force induce more violence around the world), we might perhaps outsource some of our work to the Europeans or Brazilians or Japanese, etc. who already have their own stringent regulatory bodies in place. Heaven forbid a group got up and recommended a dual system of drug approval and development, with producers choosing whether to get FDA stamps of approval or to go it alone. Imagine.

Then imagine unicorn chariot races through fields of golden poppies.

3 Responses to “America’s Got Talent! We Can Ratchet Really Well”

  1. Gabe says:

    “The winning team(s) will travel to the DC/MD region.”

    What a treat!

  2. sherlock says:

    I do quite enjoy some regulations:

    Country of Origin Rules 19 CFR 102.1(g)(8)
    (8) A good taken from outer space, provided they are obtained by that country or a person of that country;

  3. jb says:

    Interesting the way they phrase it: an “opportunity in the area of regulatory science” … so many opportunities to gain control! A burgeoning career field to be sure…

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