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March 12, 2009

FDA Announces Nanotechnology Collaboration

Lynn L. Bergeson

On March 10, 2009, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced a collaboration with the Alliance for NanoHealth (ANH) and its members. According to FDA, the collaboration is intended to “help speed development of safe and effective medical products in the emerging field of nanotechnology.” Under a memorandum of understanding, FDA and ANH will work to increase the knowledge of how nanoparticles behave and affect biologic systems, and to facilitate the development of tests and processes that could mitigate the risks associated with nanoengineered products. FDA states that all outcomes “will be placed in the public domain for the benefit of all stakeholders.” The ANH member institutions include Baylor College of Medicine; the University of Texas’ M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Rice University; the University of Houston; the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston; Texas A & M Health Science Center; the University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston; and the Methodist Hospital Research Institute.