Eshoo Introduces Bill to Create Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health

October 15, 2021
Press Release
ARPA-H Would Focus on Treating Deadly Diseases

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today U.S. Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (CA-18), Chairwoman of the Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee, introduced legislation to create an independent Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), a health agency focused on accelerating biomedical innovation to develop transformative breakthroughs in how we detect and treat the deadliest diseases. Congresswoman Eshoo met with President Biden in March 2021 as part of a bipartisan, bicameral group of lawmakers to discuss his ARPA-H proposal and has worked since then to craft legislation.

“A nimble, dynamic, and independent ARPA-H, modeled after the esteemed Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will transform health and medicine. My legislation provides ARPA-H with the authorities, structure, and resources it needs to be successful,” said Eshoo. “This bill will allow ARPA-H to focus on developing breakthrough technologies that would otherwise die in the commercial market. I look forward to working with the President and my colleagues to establish this agency that will be a beacon of hope for so many Americans fighting for their lives.”

Bill text can be found HERE.