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Regulatory affairs graduates first class

Monday, January 25, 2010

Twelve graduates were honored as St. Cloud State celebrated the first graduation in its master’s degree in regulatory affairs and services program at the University’s new Twin Cities Graduate Center in Maple Grove. The first program in the nation to focus specifically on preparing students for the medical device industry began in September 2007 with members of the first cohort attending evening and weekend classes at North Hennepin Community College, Brooklyn Park. A second cohort of 19 students started classes in fall of 2008, and the third cohort is attending classes this fall at the Maple Grove Center. Graduates are educated to lead medical device companies through the Food and Drug Administration and international regulatory processes that ensure new medical devices are safe and effective. “The RAS professional’s role is critical in the development, commercialization and manufacturing of medical device business from research and development to marketing and sales,” said Charles Swanson, the program’s director. See related story on page 20.

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