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Second-in-Command for New Biomedical Research Unit Named by HHS

May 25, 2022, 8:46 PM

A former DARPA project manager will serve as the first senior official of President Joe Biden’s new biomedical entity, a move that marks significant strides in getting the new National Institutes of Health entity off the ground.

Adam H. Russell will serve as acting deputy director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health, or ARPA-H, a new unit within the NIH that aims to shepherd medical breakthroughs the same way the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency paved the way for the internet and GPS.

Russell is the chief scientist at University of Maryland’s Applied Research Laboratory for Intelligence and ...