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NCATS Advisory Council

Council Subcommittee on Medical Technologies

The NCATS Advisory Council Subcommittee on Medical Technologies (Devices and Diagnostics) was established at the September 2013 Advisory Council meeting. The mission of the subcommittee was to provide specific and actionable recommendations for ways that NCATS could stimulate innovation and facilitate translation in the medical device and diagnostics space, including technologies related to regenerative medicine, drug delivery and drug-device combinations. The subcommittee operated with the understanding of “translation” as the process of turning observations in the laboratory, clinic and community into effective interventions that improve the health of individuals and the public — from diagnostics and therapeutics to medical procedures and behavioral changes.

This currently inactive subcommittee included members who have extensive expertise in subject areas relevant to the development, implementation and adoption of medical technologies. Their insights and perspectives were critical to establishing a robust medical technologies program at NCATS and, more broadly, to the biomedical research community.

Subcommittee Members


Frank L. Douglas, Ph.D., M.D.
President and CEO
Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron

Paul G. Yock, M.D.
Martha Meier Weiland Professor
Departments of Bioengineering and Medicine, Program in Biodesign
Stanford University


Margaret A. Anderson, M.A.
Executive Director
Center for Accelerating Medical Solutions

Robert I. Tepper, M.D.
Third Rock Ventures, LLC

Scott J. Weir, Pharm.D., Ph.D.
Institute for Advancing Medical Innovation
University of Kansas Cancer Center

Ad Hoc Consultants

William J. Heetderks, Ph.D., M.D.
Extramural Science Programs
National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering

Louis B. Jacques, M.D.
Coverage & Analysis Group
Office of Clinical Standards and Quality
Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

Jeffrey E. Shuren, M.D., J.D.
Center for Devices and Radiological Health
Food and Drug Administration

NCATS Liaisons

Stephen C. Groft, Pharm.D.
Senior Advisor to the Director
Office of the Director
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences

Carson R. Loomis, Ph.D.
Senior Advisor to the Director
Office of the Director
National Center for Advancing Translational Sciences