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Chicago Vying to Land Federal Biomedical Research Center

The Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), a new federal agency armed with $2.5 billion to work on biomedical innovation, recently announced it’s begun to search for two cities to plant offices. Local lawmakers and economic development leaders told Crain’s Chicago Business they’re throwing Chicago’s hat in the ring. 

Sen. Tammy Duckworth, who began spearheading the initiative last summer, has been in contact with the Illinois congressional delegation and local stakeholders, devising a plan to convince federal officials to put an ARPA-H office here. 

“I’m proud to help lead Illinois lawmakers in this effort because the new Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health having a hub in Chicagoland would mean more jobs, a focus on health equity that could address the disparities that disproportionately impact working Illinoisans of color, and some of our state’s brightest minds would be collaborating on cures for cancer, ALS and more,” Duckworth told Crain’s


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