Richard Bailen, M.B.A., M.H.A., joined the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS) in October 2004 as a Senior Program Analyst. His primary responsibilities include business management of the ODS extramural grants portfolio and project management of ODS database initiatives.
Mr. Bailen served as project manager for the design, development, deployment, and enhancement of the ODS custom database known as the Grants Efficiency Management System or GEMS. He currently serves as the GEMS system administrator, managing the system’s daily operations. GEMS has streamlined the quarterly grant review process at ODS from application receipt through review and award. In collaboration with many NIH Institutes, ODS cofunds meritorious grant applications falling within the scope of the ODS mission—to support research advancing the science of dietary supplements.
Mr. Bailen also is currently serving as the ODS project manager for the Dietary Supplements Label Database initiative. Coordinating the efforts of NIH scientific program staff and a private contractor, he oversaw the design, development, and demonstration of this database intended to serve the needs of researchers and educators by providing public access to the information on the labels of the estimated 50,000 dietary supplements sold in the U.S. He is currently managing the deployment and data population aspects of this high profile project.
Before joining ODS, Mr. Bailen worked as a Program Analyst at the National Cancer Institute where he coordinated all administrative and information technology aspects of the extramural grants process for the National Cancer Institute's Division of Cancer Treatment and Diagnosis. He has a Master's degree in both Business and Health Administration from Arizona State University, and a Bachelor's degree in business from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.