Eric Perakslis has been tapped to fill dual roles at the Food and Drug Administration as chief information officer and chief scientist of informatics. Perakslis most recently spent 13 years working at Johnson & Johnson Pharmaceutical R&D, where he served as senior vice president and CIO of research and development information technology.
Perakslis takes CIO post at FDA
Perakslis succeeds Lori Davis, who left the FDA in January to take a position with 2020 Company, a healthcare services company based in Falls Church, Va. Stephen Veneruso served as acting CIO since Davis' departure.
In an internal e-mail announcing the new hire, FDA Commissioner Dr. Margaret Hamburg said the agency was “enormously fortunate” to have Perakslis joining the staff.
“With Eric's leadership and industry experience, I am confident in his ability to drive the effort within (the Office of Information Management) to enhance FDA's IT security, identify advanced technologies for application development, and build a more robust infrastructure,” Hamburg said.
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