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September 28, 2023 | Tom Ballard

ARPANET-H launches with four hubs

The goal is to enable health problems to be solved faster, with accessible, equitable solutions reaching the American public more quickly.

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), a component within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), announced on September 28 the launch of ARPANET-H, a nationwide health innovation network anchored by three ARPA-H regional hubs. The hubs will be mission-focused, regional centers with a growing network of spokes from around the country representing the diversity of people, settings, and capabilities that encompass the American health ecosystem.

Together, the hubs and spokes will collaborate with ARPA-H to catalyze game-changing breakthroughs in science and medicine that improve health outcomes. ARPANET-H will enable health problems to be solved faster, with accessible, equitable solutions reaching the American public more quickly. The network is designed to advance innovation into new ways to prevent, detect, and treat for cancer, Alzheimer’s, diabetes, and other diseases.

The three hubs of ARPANET-H will lead specific focus areas, including streamlining customer experiences, catalyzing investors, and developing stakeholder and operations efforts.

  • The Customer Experience hub, managed by Advanced Technology International, will focus on developing health solutions that will be accessible, needed, and readily adopted. It will take a proactive approach to diversify clinical trials, reach representative patient populations, and more leading to better and more equitable health outcomes for all. This hub’s physical location will be in Dallas, TX.
  • The Investor Catalyst hub, managed by VentureWell, will focus on speeding the transition of innovative ideas into practical, accessible solutions that deliver for Americans by engaging with researchers, entrepreneurs, and investors. This hub’s physical will be in Cambridge, MA, in the greater Boston area.
  • The Stakeholder and Operations hub will be adjacent to many intergovernmental partners and stakeholders. Following a competitive review, ARPA-H will select the final site located in the National Capital Region, using federal leasing and acquisition procedures. The announcement is anticipated later in 2023.

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