BBJ: ‘It’s game time’: Massachusetts vies for ARPA-H ‘investor catalyst’ site

This excerpt is from an article first published by the Boston Business Journal on Friday, March 17, 2023.

The Massachusetts biotech industry’s foremost trade group is vying to establish a local, investor-focused hub of ARPA-H, the new federal agency tasked with kickstarting biomedical innovation.

The trade group has been leading an initiative to establish the agency’s physical presence in the Commonwealth since last fall. On Wednesday, ARPA-H — the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health — said that while its headquarters would be near the U.S. Capitol, it would have two secondary locations: Hub No. 2, branded as a “customer experience hub,” and Hub No. 3, an “investor catalyst.”

“We think Hub No. 3 is a perfect fit,” said MassBio CEO Kendalle Burlin O’Connell. “It’s something we’ve been looking for more…
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