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House Approves Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health

Washington, June 22, 2022 | Jamal Ware (202-225-3761)

WASHINGTON, D.C.  – U.S. Rep. Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph, today welcomed House approval for the ARPA-H Act, bipartisan legislation he cosponsored that would create an organization similar to the Pentagon’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency to focus on risky, but possibly game-changing health research.

“We still live in a world changed by the COVID pandemic, and we still have awful diseases that need cures whether it be cancer, Alzheimer’s, lupus or diabetes,” Upton said. “ARPA-H can provide the breakthrough to indeed find cures for all these diseases. The president has signed funding for this agency into law, now we need the bipartisan authorization so the researchers can get to work.”

Like DARPA, the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Health will support breakthrough research and advances on products that may be too risky for the private sector. It also will move at a faster pace than our current federal structure allows.

ARPA-H would be run by a small number of program managers who would each be given a high degree of autonomy to choose which high-risk, high-reward projects to pursue. It would provide some of the nation’s greatest minds access to federal government resources to make the impossible, possible, and help shape the future of medicine in the U.S.

H.R. 5585, The ARPA-H Act was approved in the House by a bipartisan vote of 336 to 85. You can watch Congressman Upton’s remarks in support of the bill HERE.

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