SciMetrika, a public health consulting firm based in Durham, has been awarded a $40 million grant to help the Food and Drug Administration develop tobacco-related policies backed by scientific evidence.
“We'll be revealing scientific reports on how flavored tobacco products and e-cigarettes influence user's behaviors and buying habits,” said Michael Samuhel, SciMetrika's director of population health sciences. “We have a highly educated workforce and deep experience in disease control that appeal to the FDA.”
The project began in early September with six employees working on issues related to electronic cigarettes and flavored tobacco products, which are main concerns of the FDA's Center for Tobacco Products. The FDA contract could last for five years.