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The search for a vaccine with former FDA commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg

May 26, 2020

The search for a vaccine with former FDA commissioner, Dr. Margaret Hamburg

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Hamburg

Former FDA Commissioner and current Foreign Secretary at the National Academy of Medicine

Join Willy with his guest, Dr. Margaret Hamburg, the former FDA Commissioner and current Foreign Secretary at the National Academy of Medicine.

On May 20, Willy hosted our Walker Webcast with his guest, Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Hamburg, the former Commissioner of FDA and current Foreign Secretary at the National Academy of Medicine.

Walker & Dunlop’s CEO, Willy Walker, and Dr. Hamburg discussed numerous topics, including:

  • How the FDA handles fast-tracking certain vaccines and medications
  • A look at how this experience will affect vaccine development and funding in the future
  • How countries and governments are communicating and working together to develop a vaccine
  • Predictions surrounding anti-body testing and the importance of testing in order to re-open the economy

A bit about each speaker:

Willy Walker
Willy Walker

Willy Walker is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Walker & Dunlop. Under Mr. Walker’s leadership, Walker & Dunlop has grown from a small, family-owned business to become one of the largest commercial real estate finance companies in the United States. With a $32B transaction volume in 2019, Walker & Dunlop is ranked top three with Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, and HUD.

Dr. Margaret (Peggy) Hamburg

Dr. Margaret Hamburg is an internationally recognized leader in public health and medicine, and currently serves as foreign secretary of the National Academy of Medicine and chair of the NTI | bio Advisory Group. She is a former Commissioner of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), having served for almost six years.  As FDA Commissioner she was known for advancing regulatory science, streamlining and modernizing FDA’s regulatory pathways, and globalization of the agency. Before joining FDA, Hamburg was founding vice president and senior scientist at the Nuclear Threat Initiative. Previous government positions include Assistant Secretary for Planning and Evaluation, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Health Commissioner for New York City, and Assistant Director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, National Institutes of Health.

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