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  • Alyssa Spencer

Dallas Selected As Hub For ARPA-H In Effort Led By Senator Ted Cruz

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) speaks at a news conference on the Supreme Court at the U.S. Capitol Building on July 19, 2023 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

After almost a year of efforts to bring a hub for the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) to Texas, those efforts were finally met with success this week as Dallas was officially selected to be home to one of the ARPA-H hubs. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) has led much of the effort to bring this new hub for medical innovations and solutions to Texas for almost a year.

A statement from Sen. Cruz was released yesterday, celebrating this victory for Texas: “I have vigorously fought to bring the next innovative healthcare center home to Texas, and am excited that Dallas will now be home to one of three ARPA-H hubs. Texas is home to a number of world class medical centers, but Dallas—the ninth largest city in the U.S.—is uniquely qualified to accommodate this major hub due to the city’s strong commitment to furthering biotechnology demonstrated by their burgeoning healthcare research sector. This makes Dallas, and Texas overall, an ideal environment for healthcare-related innovation to thrive. This investment will be a critical—and transformational—asset for years to come and will ensure that Texas will continue to be at the forefront of medical research. I am proud to have championed this win for the Lone Star State from the very beginning, and I’m excited to welcome ARPA-H to Dallas with open arms.”

Sen. Cruz’s efforts to bring ARPA-H to Dallas began in October of 2022 when he signed a bipartisan Texas Delegation letter that recommended Texas as a new location for a hub, stating: “Our state is uniquely equipped to immediately support ARPA-H and provide all necessary resources to allow work to begin without delay. Texas currently has extensive infrastructure for supporting initiatives like ARPA-H. Additionally, we already have the office space for ARPA-H available in top health innovation centers located in each of our major cities.

Texas, along with its health and biosciences communities, fully understands the mission and function of ARPA-H. This results from our leading the way in breakthroughs in health and biosciences innovations, including through supporting multi-institutional and public-private partnerships that benefit the entire nation and world, like those critical to the success of ARPA-H.”

Sen. Cruz also signed an additional bipartisan Texas Delegation letter in March of this year, continuing to recommend Texas for ARPA-H’s new hub. Additionally, Sen. Cruz in conjunction with Sen. John Cornyn (R-TX), wrote a letter recommending specific cities within Texas for the new hub. The selected city, Dallas, which is the 9th largest city in the nation, will now house one of the most prestigious hubs for medical innovation in the country.


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