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Key Health Lawmaker Moves to Set Up Biden’s Biomedical Agency

Oct. 15, 2021, 9:42 PM

President Joe Biden’s proposal to create a biomedical innovation hub within the National Institutes of Health is getting another jumpstart after being held up in the annual appropriations process.

Rep. Anna G. Eshoo (D-Calif.), head of a key House health panel, introduced a bill Friday to authorize the Advanced Research Projects for Health—a new health entity designed to catalyze cutting-edge discoveries through a public-private partnership approach instead of the research grant process the agency has used for more than a century.

The bill introduction comes after the Senate dropped the ARPA-H provision from its social spending package. Congressional leaders ...