ICYMI: Texas Eyes New Federal Biomedical Agency

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) was established last month by the Biden administration with $1 billion in funding to advance biomedical and health research. Now it needs a home—and a Texas coalition is working hard to bring it to the Lone Star State.

The Coalition for Health Advancement and Research in Texas—an alliance of hospital systems, research institutions, and chambers of commerce—is pushing Texas as the ideal site for the federal biotech agency, reports the Dallas Morning News. 

“We are ready, willing and able to work together to meet the science and bioscience needs of our nation and the world,” the coalition’s spokesperson, Thomas Graham, told the DMN.

Dallas is particularly putting itself forward, as the home of the research centers of UT Southwestern, the 23-acre Pegasus Park biotech campus, and more.

“We cannot get left behind as other nations invest in this kind of vital research,” Dallas Rep. Colin Allred said in a statement. “We’ve seen this model can succeed with the Defense Department’s similar agency, so let’s put North Texas’ best and brightest minds in biotech research to work solving our health care problems.”

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