Durham firm wins contract for tobacco policy research

Sep. 30, 2013 @ 05:32 PM

Durham-based SciMetrika, a population health consulting firm, announced the company has been awarded a $40 million contract by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

The contract is for research and analysis of the feasibility of policy options for regulating certain tobacco products. The findings could influence policies such as those related to electronic cigarettes or flavored tobacco products, according to the release. 

The contract will span five years. Project work began in September.

In 2009, Congress passed a law that gave the agency the authority to regulate tobacco products. The agency’s Center for Tobacco Products’ responsibilities for implementing the law include reviewing pre-market applications for new and modified-risk tobacco products, and proposing and implementing new cigarette pack warning labels.

SciMetrika will consult with other companies as well as subject-matter experts including from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and JBS International Inc.

Founded in 2001, SciMetrika serves public and private sector clients seeking to understand and influence population health outcomes.