New DARPA-like NIH agency preps for reality as E&C unveils bipartisan Cures 2.0 draft bill
House Energy & Commerce leaders Fred Upton (R-MI) and Diana DeGette (D-CO) on Tuesday released new draft legislation with wide-ranging implications for public health, the FDA, and NIH, and that would create a new, $6.5 billion federal advanced research agency under NIH with an aim to cure cancer, Alzheimer’s and other difficult diseases.
Similar to DARPA, the new NIH division to be known as ARPA-H, would be run by a small group of program managers with more latitude to pursue high-risk, high-reward projects that other government agencies would likely shy away from.
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