Maryland’s congressional delegation is urging the administration to select the state as the home of a new advanced health research agency

in 2022 July 19

The delegation points to a highly educated workforce, robust infrastructure, proximity to other agencies, and world-class research and medical facilities as unrivaled assets of the Advanced Research Projects Agency (ARPA-H).

Maryland’s entire congressional delegation, including US Senators Chris Van Hollen and Ben Cardin, and Congressmen Steny H. Hoyer, Holland Ruppersberger, John Sarbanes, Kweisi Mfume, Anthony G. Brown, Jamie B. Raskin, Andy Harris, MD, and David Trone, recently urged U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra to select Maryland as the permanent home of the Advanced Research Projects Agency in Health (ARPA-H), a new agency proposed by President Biden to improve the U.S. government’s ability to accelerate biomedical research. and health research.

“As the Department of Health and Human Services establishes the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), we respectfully ask that Maryland’s unique strengths be considered to enable the new agency to achieve its goal of rapid advancement.” biomedical research and innovation”, members write. “ARPA-H would benefit from this strong existing infrastructure, both physical and human, that has allowed other federal agencies and facilities headquartered in Maryland, such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Energy and Fort Detrick, to thrive.” Marylanders are highly educated and have the most employed Ph.D.’s of any state. This talented and diverse workforce, with extensive experience working in the private sector and with federal agencies, will be critical to creating next-generation solutions that benefit all Americans. Maryland’s innovative ecosystem will help fuel the new agency’s ability to make breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ALS and other diseases.

Members also emphasize that “Maryland has long been home to world-class medical and research institutions, including federal agencies and universities such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Maryland, Baltimore and Morgan State University.” This has led to the creation of the I-270 Technology Corridor, dozens of life sciences companies already at the forefront of biomedical innovation. In addition, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Johns Hopkins University have created biotech parks to collaborate with more than 50 life sciences companies on cutting-edge technology research and development.

The full text of the letter is available available here and below.

Dear Secretariat Becerra,

With the establishment of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) by the Department of Health and Human Services, we respectfully ask that you consider the unique advantages that the state of Maryland provides to enable the new agency to achieve its goal of rapidly advancing biomedicine. for research and innovation.

Maryland has long been home to world-class medical and research institutions, including federal agencies and universities such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland, College Park, University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Morgan State University. This has led to the creation of the I-270 Technology Corridor, dozens of life sciences companies already at the forefront of biomedical innovation. In addition, the University of Maryland, Baltimore, and Johns Hopkins University have created biotech parks to collaborate with more than 50 life sciences companies on cutting-edge technology research and development.

ARPA-H would benefit from this robust existing infrastructure, both physical and human, that has enabled other federal agencies and facilities headquartered in Maryland, such as the National Institutes of Health, the National Cancer Institute, the Department of Energy, and Fort Detrick. to prosper Marylanders are highly educated and have the most employed PhD students of any state.1 This talented and diverse workforce, with extensive experience working in the private sector and with federal agencies, will be critical to the next generation of solutions that benefit everyone. Americans. Maryland’s innovative ecosystem will help drive the new agency’s ability to make breakthroughs in cancer, diabetes, Alzheimer’s, ALS and other diseases.

As you select a location for ARPA-H, we encourage you to consider Maryland and look forward to working with you to ensure the agency has the resources it needs to succeed.

Sincerely



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