FDA and VA Ventures Innovation Institute partner on new medical device testing tools

Dr. Beth Ripley is the medical device testing collaboration’s project manager for the VA. [Photo courtesy of the Department of Veterans Affairs]

The Department of Veterans Affairs’ VA Ventures Innovation Institute in Seattle will host up to a dozen FDA staffers in a new collaboration to develop and share new tools for medical device testing safety and efficacy.

The agencies intend to provide developers of devices and new technology with off-the-shelf tools that can help streamline regulatory review and get products to patients faster. FDA staff from the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) will focus on regulatory science. Their partners at the VA’s Veterans Health Administration (VHA) will provide clinical context for test development and provide hands-on training and other immersive experiences for innovators wishing to utilize the tools.

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