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AACR Statement on Dr. Arati Prabhakar’s Nomination as Director of OSTP

PHILADELPHIA – Today, American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) President Lisa M. Coussens, PhD, FAACR, issued the following statement applauding President Biden’s nomination of Arati Prabhakar, PhD, as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP):

“Dr. Prabhakar’s nomination recognizes the vital importance of scientific innovation and underscores President Biden’s commitment to the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H), an exciting new initiative to help achieve the goal of ‘ending cancer as we know it.’ Dr. Prabhakar’s extensive experience, including previously leading the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), will be extremely beneficial as the Administration works to ensure that the most effective aspects from the DARPA model are applied to ARPA-H. We are excited about working with Dr. Prabhakar and the talented staff at OSTP to accelerate the pace of discovery research and translational research, and bring the benefits of such research to cancer patients everywhere.”

For more information, read the White House press release announcing Prabhakar’s nomination.