On May 6, on behalf of the FDA Alumni Association (FDAAA), Catalyst President Nancy Bradish Myers will present former FDA Commissioner Mark McClellan with the 2016 Harvey W. Wiley Lecture Award.

Ms. Myers, who has served as Board Chair for FDAAA since April 2014, will present the award during the Food and Drug Law Institute’s 2016 annual conference. Former Commissioner McClellan, MD, PhD, is currently Director of the Duke-Robert J. Margolis, MD, Center for Health Policy at Duke University.

“Mark is an innovative visionary when it comes to exploring complex policy challenges and how to balance government, industry and patient interests,” Ms. Myers said. “Following his leadership roles at FDA and CMS, he is using his unique pedigree to advance the understanding of federal perspectives while taking on the challenges created by today’s evolving healthcare marketplace. He is a smart cookie. I’m privileged to have worked at FDA while he was at the helm, and it’s my honor to present him with this award on behalf of the FDA Alumni Association.”

The Dr. Harvey W. Wiley Lectureship is the FDAAA’s most prestigious external award; it’s named in honor of Dr. Harvey W. Wiley, the renowned physician-chemist who, at the turn of the 20th century, championed a legislative crusade against food adulteration, earning him the title of “Father of the Pure Food and Drugs Act” when it was enacted into law in 1906.

The recipient must be someone who: has promoted public understanding of FDA’s mission; provides intellectually stimulating perspectives on the public health roles of FDA; and considers innovative ways in which FDAAA members can impact the agency’s mission.