PPTA Industry Expert Invited To Serve On HHS Advisory Committee On Blood Safety And Availability

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has appointed Plasma Protein Therapeutics Association (PPTA) industry expert Mary Gustafson to serve for a two-year term on its Advisory Committee on Blood Safety and Availability (ACBSA).

ACBSA is a Federal advisory committee utilized by HHS. The committee was established to provide advice to the Secretary of Health and Human Services on a range of issues including broad public health, legal and ethical issues related to transfusion and transplantation safety; public health parameters around the safety and availability of blood and blood products and economic factors affecting product cost and supply.

"It is critical to have continued qualified representation from PPTA on this important government advisory committee," said Jan M. Bult PPTA's President and CEO. "Mary Gustafson will add tremendous value. Her agency experience, combined with her background in the private sector will bring a wealth of insight."

Mary Gustafson is currently the Vice President of Global Regulatory Policy at PPTA. She has 20 years of experience at the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), including her leading roles at the Center for Biologics Evaluation and Research as the Director of the Division of Blood Applications in the Office of Blood Research and Review and as the Chief of the Blood Products and Diagnostics Branch in the Division of Product Certification in the Office of Biological Product Review. Ms. Gustafson has a wealth of experience in the regulation of blood products, and has evolved into a foremost expert in the plasma protein therapeutics industry. Prior to joining PPTA, Ms. Gustafson served as the Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs at Nabi Biopharmaceuticals in Boca Raton, Fla. Ms. Gustafson has a MS degree in Pathology from the University of Tennessee Center for the Health Sciences, is certified as a medical technologist and specialist in blood banking by the American Society for Clinical Pathology, and as a quality manager and auditor by the American Society for Quality.

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