“It’s not working, and it won’t work in the future,” said Dr. Janet Woodcock, the U.S. FDA’s top drug regulator. She was speaking to an audience of about 150 researchers who are toiling to discover new medicines that will save lives. The room was silent. “I don’t want to bum everyone out,” she said. “The science is fabulous, but that’s not enough.” To be sure, Woodcock wasn’t looking to sever ties with the researchers, who work at universities, research institutes and biopharma companies. But she did call for major reforms in the scientists’ relationships with regulators, doctors and one another. Without a wide-ranging overhaul, she said, their successes in the lab won’t make it to the patients who need them most. Learn More