The new federal research agency will not be based alongside its NIH parent in Bethesda, Maryland.
After winning authorization to create the agency, Sen. Edward J. Markey (D-Mass.) and several colleagues in Massachusetts are asking the Biden administration to locate the agency there.
The ARPA-H headquarters would also likely serve as a magnet for the broader life sciences industry.
In a letter to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Xavier Becerra, Markey argues that Massachusetts is a premier biomedical research hub, given its talented workforce and network of elite universities, hospitals and research institutions.
“As ARPA-H seeks to accelerate medical breakthroughs and invest in high-risk, high-reward proj…