RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Leaders from public and private universities, businesses, non-profit organizations, professional associations and state government have joined forces to bring the new headquarters of the Agency for advanced health research projects in North Carolina.
ARPA-H recently received $1 billion in inaugural funding from Congress to improve the U.S. government’s ability to accelerate biomedical and health research to prevent, detect, and treat diseases like Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, and cancer.
The ARPA-H in NC Coalition, hosted by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, has approximately 30 strong and growing partners. The Coalition is coordinating efforts locally and in Washington to demonstrate that with this partnership, ARPA-H can have a get started quickly and efficiently and complete its mission in the Tar Heel state. Each partner adds to the case that North Carolina has the expertise, track record of entrepreneurial disruption, cross-industry collaboration, and scientific innovations. North Carolina translates ideas from initial technology through discovery to development to manufacturing to prevent, treat, and potentially cure a range of diseases.
This statewide collaboration follows a recent bipartisan letter from members of the North Carolina congressional delegation led by Rep. David E. Price and two-way Richard Burr and Thom Tillis. Bipartisan members urge Xavier Becerra, Secretary of the US Department of Health and Human Services, to strongly consider North Carolina, with its unique strengths, as the best place to launch the success of ARPA-H.
North Carolina has “a demonstrated track record of industries partnering with our institutions of higher education across the state to strengthen our nation’s healthcare workforce, conducting groundbreaking research in biomedical, biotechnology and science. of life on a global scale,” the letter reads. “Our thriving economy, strategic location in the southeastern United States, and low cost of living attract and retain the world’s best and brightest. With an unparalleled business environment, North Carolina offers a full range of clinical, STEM, biotechnology, and business training programs to prepare for a skilled workforce in cutting-edge research, academia, healthcare and digital health for the public and private sectors.
North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper offered his support in bringing ARPA-H Headquarters to North Carolina saying, “North Carolina stands ready to help do what we do best: mobilize our world-class universities, researchers, biotechnology companies and local leaders to build targeted projects. partnerships to solve big challenges. North Carolina is ready to support the boldest healthcare innovations focused on equity in our practices and outcomes.
Additionally, the bipartisan, bicameral North Carolina Life Sciences Legislative Caucus supports efforts to bring ARPA-H headquarters to the state.
Mary Beth Thomas, senior vice president, science and business development at the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, added, “North Carolina offers ARPA-H a thriving ecosystem of life sciences, educational and research institutions. world-class research, a vast talent pool, and a diverse business climate unmatched by other states. The North Carolina ecosystem has a highly collaborative culture with partnerships at the heart of our success. This environment will accelerate ARPA-H’s efforts to begin quickly and effectively to address our nation’s greatest health challenges.
About the ARPA-H Coalition in North Carolina
The ARPA-H in NC Coalition formed to be a partner of the agency in its mission to improve the health and lives of all Americans. Coalition members include Atrium Health Wake Forest Baptist, Charlotte Region Business Alliance, Duke Health, Duke Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University, ECU Health, East Carolina University, Economic Development Partnership of North Carolina, Greater Durham Chamber of Commerce, NCBIO, NC Chamber, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University, North Carolina Biotechnology Center, North Carolina Central University, North Carolina Community College System, North Carolina Department of Commerce, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services, North Carolina Healthcare Association, North Carolina State University, Office of the Governor, Raleigh Chamber, RTI International, Research Triangle Foundation, Research Triangle Regional Partnership, SAS Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, University of North Carolina Charlotte, UNC Health, University of North Carolina System, Wake County Economic Development and Wake University forest.