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Nipper to Chair National FDA Advisory Board
Nipper to Chair National FDA Advisory Board

Henry Nipper, Ph.D., has been appointed chair of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s Center for Devices and Radiologic Health Panel on Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology Devices for a four-year term, ending in 2015.

Nipper, director of clinical chemistry and toxicology at Creighton University Medical Center and professor of pathology at Creighton University School of Medicine, will oversee a 10-member panel that provides independent, professional expertise on the development, safety and effectiveness of in-vitro devices used in clinical laboratory testing for toxicology, clinical chemistry, endocrinology and oncology.

The panel conducts public hearings and makes recommendations to the Food and Drug Administration, which determines all final decisions but usually adheres to the recommendations of its expert panels

Nipper has served as an advisor or a board member for many professional organizations dedicated to high standards in clinical laboratories, including American Board of Clinical Chemistry, American Chemical Society, American Association for Clinical Chemistry, National Committee on Clinical Library Standards (now Clinical Laboratory and Standards Institute) and more.

He has been involved in various capacities with FDA’s Center for Devices and Radiologic Health Panel on Clinical Chemistry and Toxicology Devices since 1988 and served as panel chair from 1997 to 2001.

During Nipper’s last term as panel chair, he presided over a hearing that resulted in a recommendation of approval for the first non-invasive glucose monitoring system for diabetics (Glucowatch®) and participated in the preparation of training videos for all new panel chairs.

About Creighton University: Creighton University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution located in Omaha, Neb., enrolls more than 4,000 undergraduate and 2,900 professional school and graduate students. Nationally recognized for providing a balanced educational experience, the University offers a rigorous academic agenda with a broad range of disciplines, providing undergraduate, graduate and professional degree programs that emphasize educating the whole person: academically, socially and spiritually. Creighton has been a top-ranked Midwestern university in the college edition of U.S. News & World Report magazine’s for more than 20 years. For more information, visit our website at: http://www.creighton.edu/