ARPA-H to open a hub in the D.C. area

A white-haired white man sits in profile to the left in front of a blue screen that says ARPA-H: Prevent, Treat, Cure.

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A new multi-billion dollar innovation agency aimed at curing major diseases is coming to the capital region.

Driving the news: ARPA-H announced yesterday that the first of its three hubs will be located in the DC area.

  • Managers are looking for a site that can accommodate 85 to 100 employees.

Why is this important: Multiple jurisdictions across the country, including Montgomery Countyhave been bid on lodge ARPA-H.

Catch up fast: ARPA-H (the Agency for Advanced Research Projects in Health), a pet project of President Biden, was established last year and is inspired by DARPA, the research arm of the Pentagon.

  • The agency focuses on breakthrough innovations in healthcare and technology, including finding cures for Alzheimer’s disease, cancer and diabetes.

What we are looking at: ARPA-H says it will work with the GSA to find an office near public transit and an airport, and the search is expected to take several months, according to the Washington Business Journal. reports.

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