Dynamics Research Corp. wins $50 million FDA analytics award

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration continues to expand as more products are put under its purview. Yet, each new product leads to more data and more stress on its IT infrastructure.

This week, the agency revealed how it plans stay ahead of safety issues by following up on its promise to leverage predictive analysis and data sharing technology.

The FDA announced a five-year, $50 million contract with Dynamics Research Corp. to prepare the agency's scientific computing capabilities for the big data era, according to InformationWeek . The promise was made following a 2011 FDA report called "Pathway to Global Product Safety and Quality."

In the report, the FDA explained that "globalization has fundamentally altered the economic and security landscape, and demands a major change in the way FDA fulfills its mission to promote and protect the health of the Ameri­can people. Just as public health leaders have long recognized that disease knows no borders, FDA, in crafting its vision for the next decade, knows that product safety and quality no longer begin or end at the border."

The major change will be addressed with big data and IT technologies.

The FDA award will allow DRC to support an integrated project team at the FDA's Office of Information Management, which will work with the Center for Drug Evaluation and Research, the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research, the Center for Devices and Radiological Health, and the Center for Tobacco Products, InformationWeek noted.

For more:
- see the FDA report

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