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Request for nominations to the Steering Committee for the Foundation's PredicTox project.


The Reagan-Udall Foundation (RUF) for the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which was created by Title VI of the Food and Drug Amendments of 2007, is requesting nominations for its PredicTox Steering Committee. The Steering Committee will provide oversight and guidance for the PredicTox project, and will report to the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA's Board of Directors.


All nominations must be submitted to the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA by August 28, 2015. The PredicTox Steering Committee members will be selected by the Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA's Board of Directors; those selected will be notified by September 30 regarding the Board's decision. See the SUPPLEMENTARY INFORMATION section for Steering Committee responsibilities, selection criteria and nomination instructions.


The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA is located at 1025 Connecticut Ave. NW., Suite 1000, Washington, DC 20036.

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Questions should be sent to The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA, 202-828-1205,

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I. Background

The Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA (the Foundation) is an independent 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created by Congress to advance the mission of FDA to modernize medical, veterinary, food, food ingredient, and cosmetic product development; accelerate innovation; and enhance product safety. The Foundation acts as a neutral third party to establish novel, scientific collaborations. With the ultimate goal of improving public health, the Foundation provides a unique opportunity for different sectors (FDA, patient groups, academia, other government entities, and industry) to work together in a transparent way to create exciting new research projects to advance regulatory science.

PredicTox is a public-private partnership led by the Foundation, which brings together multiple stakeholder groups to leverage collective knowledge, technical expertise, data, funding, and other resources to explore systems pharmacology approaches to better understand and predict adverse events (AEs). Developing new tools and approaches for mechanism-based drug safety assessment and prediction is a priority for the FDA, as highlighted in the Agency's 2011 Strategic Plan for Advancing Regulatory Science. This project aims to harness scientific and technological knowledge, data and computational capacity across various sectors and disciplines to develop and apply systems-based approaches and multi-scales models to drug safety assessment in a coordinated manner.

While systems-based approaches can be applied to the development of predictive models for any class of drug or AE, the PredicTox pilot seeks to first provide a proof of concept pilot by focusing on large and small molecule tyrosine kinase inhibitors (TKIs) and cardiac AEs, specifically left ventricular dysfunction. TKIs are a rapidly growing treatment for oncology and select other therapeutic areas, making them an area of intense importance for patients, the FDA, and pharmaceutical manufacturers. Learnings from the PredicTox pilot will then be applied to other drug classes and/or other toxicities.

The primary objective of PredicTox is to advance systems-based science and tools necessary to support mechanism-based drug safety assessment and prediction. To accomplish this objective, the PredicTox pilot project will be conducted in an iterative, phased manner over the course of several years. The first phase will center on building and populating a knowledge management platform for molecular data, preclinical in vivo pharmacologic and toxicologic data as well as clinical data from both public and private sources.

The PredicTox platform will enable integration, mining, and analysis of highly heterogeneous data not typically combined. Future phases of the project will focus on data mining and development of analytic and visualization tools along with development of multi-scale predictive models capable of linking events at the molecular level with events at the clinical level (AEs) for improved safety assessment. For additional project information, see the Reagan-Udall Foundation Web site.

II. PredicTox Steering Committee Roles and Responsibilities

The PredicTox Steering Committee will provide guidance on the operation of PredicTox, in conjunction with the RUF Board, project staff, and others. The Steering Committee will provide overall programmatic oversight to ensure a focus on the long-term vision of the project, while the Scientific Advisory Committee will provide highly specialized technical expertise.

The PredicTox Steering Committee will be charged with several responsibilities, including:

  • Reviewing and approving the PredicTox Charter
  • Monitoring adherence to the PredicTox mission and operational principles in the Charter
  • Developing metrics and evaluating the project at various milestones
  • Reviewing and approving the PredicTox Research Agenda
  • Reviewing proposals and contracts submitted to the project

The PredicTox Steering Committee Chair must be able to complete additional responsibilities, including:

  • Defining the Steering Committee's meeting agendas and facilitating those meetings
  • Recommending for termination, as necessary, any PredicTox Steering Committee members demonstrating dereliction of duties as specified in the PredicTox CharterStart Printed Page 44162
  • Other responsibilities as required upon implementation of PredicTox

A full list of Steering Committee responsibilities, as well as responsibilities of the Chair, may be found on the Reagan-Udall Foundation Web site.

III. PredicTox Steering Committee Positions and Selection Criteria

RUF is seeking nominations for 7 voting members of the PredicTox Steering Committee, comprised of the following 5 categories:

  • Patient Advocate: 1 member
  • Pharmaceutical sector: 2 members
  • Technology sector: 1 member
  • Academia/Research Institute: 2 members
  • At Large: 1 member

The Steering Committee will also have 2 members from the FDA (appointed by the FDA) and 1 member from the National Institutes of Health (appointed by the National Institutes of Health). These 3 individuals will be non-voting members.

Nominees for the voting positions will be evaluated by the RUF Board based on the following required criteria for each of the 7 positions:

  • Ability to complete Steering Committee responsibilities, listed above
  • Currently employed by/volunteering for stakeholder field (e.g., pharmaceutical, academia, patient advocate, etc.) with several years of relevant experience
  • Leading expert in their relevant field (based on position, publications, or other experience)
  • Working knowledge of at least one of the following areas: Risk assessment; drug safety profiling; pharmacology or systems pharmacology; toxicology or systems toxicology; biostatistics; cardiology; oncology; bioinformatics; ontology; multi-scale modeling; knowledge management platforms; software development; or data sharing
  • Prior experience serving on a related or similar governance body
  • Understanding of the landscape and the impact on the stakeholder group they are representing with their seat

IV. Terms of Service

  • The PredicTox Steering Committee meets in-person at least twice per year, with teleconferences in between meetings as deemed necessary by the Chair
  • Members will serve two or three year, staggered terms, as determined by the RUF Board
  • Members do not receive compensation from RUF
  • Members can be reimbursed by RUF for actual and reasonable expenses incurred in support of PredicTox in accordance with applicable law and their specific institutional policies
  • Members are subject to the PredicTox Conflict of Interest policies (additional information can be accessed on the Reagan-Udall Foundation Web site)

V. Nomination Instructions

  • The nomination form can be accessed on the Reagan-Udall Foundation Web site
  • Individuals may be nominated for 1 or more of the 5 stakeholder categories
  • Individuals may nominate themselves or others
  • The nomination deadline is August 28, 2015.
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Dated: July 20, 2015.

Jane Reese-Coulbourne,

Executive Director, Reagan-Udall Foundation for the FDA.

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[FR Doc. 2015-18123 Filed 7-23-15; 8:45 am]