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Department of Health and Human Services

It is the mission of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) to enhance and protect the health and well-being of all Americans. They fulfill that mission by providing for effective health and human services and fostering advances in medicine, public health, and social services. Some of its agencies are:

Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority’s (BARDA) overarching vision is of a Nation with the capability to respond quickly and effectively to deliberate, natural, and emerging threats so as to minimize their impact and recover promptly. A critical enabling factor for the realization of this vision is the existence of a robust domestic pharmaceutical and biotechnology sector that actively collaborates with the Federal Government to address unmet medical countermeasure and public health requirements.

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is responsible for promoting and protecting the public health by assuring the safety and efficacy of human and veterinary drugs, vaccines, blood, and other biological products, medical devices and radiation-emitting products. Issues in pharmaceutical manufacturing have the potential to significantly impact patient care, in that failures in quality may result in product recalls and harm to patients. Additionally, failures in product or facility quality are a major factor leading to disruptions in supply of medicines. Modernizing manufacturing technology may lead to a more robust manufacturing process and greater assurance that the drug products manufactured in any given period of time will provide the expected clinical performance.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides leadership and direction to programs designed to improve the health of the Nation by conducting and supporting research in harnessing new technologies to improve health. Rapid expansion of technological capabilities has opened new horizons for biomedical research. Innovative research methods stimulated by technological and engineering advances are facilitating the development of new strategies to diagnose, prevent, and treat a host of diseases. Technology also facilitates the integration of previously disparate fields, such as biology and electronics, enabling NIH to cultivate new lines of medical research and practice.