Arkansas Economic Development Commission


Governor Asa Hutchinson Hosts MOU Signing Ceremony Wednesday

Governor Asa Hutchinson today hosted a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) signing ceremony with officials from the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

The National Center for Toxicological Research, in partnership with researchers in government, industry and academia develops, refines and applies current and emerging technologies to improve safety evaluation of FDA-regulated products.

Under the preceding MOU agreement between the NCTR and the FDA signed in August 2011, the State of Arkansas established a virtual ACERS coordinated through the Governor's Office. Today’s agreement will extend the partnership between the state, the FDA and the NCTR to operate the Arkansas Center of Excellence in Regulatory Science (ACERS) for an additional 5 years. The MOU will give scientists and regulators from around the world access to additional training and resources through the newly established Center of Excellence for Regulatory Science.

Governor Hutchinson Issued the Following Statement:

“I am pleased that the FDA and the state of Arkansas’s shared interests in scientific progress have resulted in the extension of our partnership for the National Center for Toxicological research to operate for an additional 5 years. This agreement will allow us to continue to combine our strengths, resources, and proximity for research and innovation in regulatory science, education, and training. I am excited to see the NCTR continue to benefit the State and the nation in areas of health and medicine.”

FDA Commissioner Rob Califf, MD Issued the Following Statement:

"This MOU builds on the already strong collaboration between the FDA, the State of Arkansas and the research universities here. With rapid advances in science and medicine, the FDA must stay ahead of the curve on how to appropriately regulate and lead in areas like nanotechnology and bioinformatics."

The contributions from the State will continue and will be organized and administered by the Arkansas Research Alliance (ARA) in association with the Arkansas Economic Development Commission (AEDC), a State agency under the Governor’s direction.  The support and work of the ACERS are derived primarily from the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), which will be working in collaboration with the State's other universities and institutions in these endeavors.

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