The Emerging Technology & Design Acceleration Branch (ETDAB) is in the Customer Engagement Office in CDC’s Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO).


Since 2007, we have been a resource for CDC and the public health community to study, prototype, and test new and innovative technologies to maximize public health impact.


Better, faster, cost-effective technology solutions to improve public health…


ETDAB began as an informal technology collaboration space and off-network R&D Cloud created in the National Center for Public Health Informatics. In 2010, we became a formally designated agency-wide technology R&D unit named Informatics Research & Development Activity, created within the Office of Surveillance Epidemiology and Laboratory Services. After organizational changes in 2013, we became the Informatics Innovation Unit (UII); then in 2019, UII transitioned to OCIO and merged with the IT Services Office R&D Team and the Enterprise IT Portfolio Office staff to become the Emerging Technology and Design Acceleration Branch in the Customer Engagement Office. ETDAB has worked with numerous public health and industry partners, helping to overcome a variety of technology roadblocks in support of their public health missions.

Our Team

The ETDAB team has broad expertise in IT, public health informatics, and clinical medicine, and together we drive innovation for the CDC and the public health community.