In this episode, we talk with Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)’s Inaugural Director, Dr. Renee Wegrzyn. ARPA-H, a new federal agency, accelerates accessible and equitable high-impact health solutions that cannot be readily accomplished through traditional research or commercial activity. To do this, ARPA-H aims to create new capabilities and solve important health problems for all Americans through ambitious, well-defined, and measurable programs.
During our discussion, Dr. Wegrzyn discusses the ARPA-H Dash to Accelerate Health Outcomes (ARPA-H Dash), a collaborative online competition to identify revolutionary ideas to transform health. The nationwide competition uses a bracket format and online discussion, debate, and voting to narrow submissions to quarterfinalists, semifinalists, finalists, and a champion idea during March and April 2023.