Renee Wegrzyn (AIChE)

Biden turns to biotech for his in­au­gur­al ARPA-H di­rec­tor

Pres­i­dent Joe Biden ear­ly Mon­day un­veiled his in­tent to ap­point Re­nee We­grzyn, VP of busi­ness de­vel­op­ment at Gink­go Bioworks, as the first di­rec­tor of the Ad­vanced Re­search Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), a new NIH-housed agency that looks to fill R&D gaps and go a step fur­ther than the NIH to at­tack riski­er, po­ten­tial­ly more re­ward­ing bio­med­ical in­no­va­tion.

We­grzyn is a prac­ti­cal choice as she’s spent time in in­dus­try and at both of the in­sti­tu­tions that in­spired the cre­ation of ARPA-H – the De­fense Ad­vanced Re­search Projects Agency (DARPA) and In­tel­li­gence Ad­vanced Re­search Projects Ac­tiv­i­ty. At DARPA, she re­ceived a ser­vice medal for her work, and pri­or to that, We­grzyn spent sev­en years at Booz Allen Hamil­ton as a tech­ni­cal and strat­e­gy ad­vi­sor to DARPA, and al­most five years as an ad­vi­sor to the Nu­clear Threat Ini­tia­tive.

Endpoints News

Unlock this article instantly by becoming a free subscriber.

You’ll get access to free articles each month, plus you can customize what newsletters get delivered to your inbox each week, including breaking news.


Alexandria Real Estate Equities

San Diego, CA, USA