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ARPA-H: Renee Wegrzyn

President Joe Biden has appointed Renee Wegrzyn as the first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). She will be responsible for driving the agency's research portfolio and budget. Wegrzyn comes to ARPA-H from Ginkgo Bioworks, where she was VP of business development and head of innovation at the firm's Concentric testing and biosecurity subsidiary. Prior to that, she was a program manager at the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the Biological Technologies Office. She is a member of the scientific advisory board of the Innovative Genomics Institute and a member of the standing committee on biotechnology capabilities and national security needs of the National Academy of Sciences. Wegrzyn holds a doctorate in molecular biology and bioengineering from the Georgia Institute of Technology.