Robert Califf, 70, who ran FDA in the final year of Barack Obama's presidency, was nominated Friday by President Joe Biden to again be the agency's commissioner.
One news story called him " a widely published scientist." He currently is a senior adviser at Alphabet Inc.’s Verily and Google Health units. If confirmed by the Senate, he would take the place of acting FDA Commissioner Janet Woodcock. Califf’s first appointment to lead the FDA was approved in an 89-4 vote.
That makes two Obama-era faces heading food safety agencies. Tom Vilsack, who served as agriculture secretary for almost the entirety of the Obama administration, was approved by the Senate back in February.