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Renee Wegrzyn

Director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H)

Renee Wegrzyn serves as the first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). Previously, Wegrzyn served as a vice president of business development at Ginkgo Bioworks and head of innovation at Concentric by Ginkgo. She also worked with the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) and Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity (IARPA). Prior to joining DARPA, she led technical teams in private industry in the areas of biosecurity, gene therapies, emerging infectious disease, neuromodulation, synthetic biology, as well as research and development teams commercializing multiplex immunoassays and peptide-based disease diagnostics.

Wegrzyn served on the scientific advisory boards for the National Academies Standing Committee on Biotechnology Capabilities and National Security Needs, National Academies of Science Board on Army Research and Development, Revive & Restore, Air Force Research Labs, Nuclear Threat Initiative, and the Innovative Genomics Institute.

She holds doctoral and bachelor’s degrees in applied biology from the Georgia Institute of Technology, was a fellow in the Center for Health Security Emerging Leaders in Biosecurity Initiative and completed her postdoctoral training as an Alexander von Humboldt Fellow in Heidelberg, Germany.

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See also: Institute Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) - Research funding agency that supports transformative biomedical and health breakthroughs

Details last updated 31-Mar-2024

Renee Wegrzyn News

ARPA-H program paves the way for on-demand organ transplants

Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H) - 27-Mar-2024

Personalized bioprints for affordable and more accessible transplants in the near future