US FDA Chief Counsel Rebecca Wood Steps Down
FDA will soon announce a permanent successor to Wood, who is leaving in July after about a year in the post, FDA Commissioner Gottlieb says. In the interim, Lowell Schiller, senior counsel to the commissioner and a former Senate HELP Committee staffer, will lead the chief counsel's office on an acting basis.
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Former Sidley Austin partner brings a wealth of experience in drug product liability litigation and federal preemption. She replaces agency veteran Elizabeth Dickinson, who will stay on as senior deputy to the chief counsel.