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The Catalyzer Newsletter; logo for ARPA-H Investor Catalyst Hub, part of the ARPANET-H Health Innovation Network

Thursday, June 6, 2024

IC Hub June Member Meeting Featuring ARPA-H Program Manager Paul E. Sheehan, Ph.D.; headshot of Sheehan, photo of woman working in a science lab

Register Now for the IC Hub’s Virtual June Member Meeting

Paul Sheehan, Ph.D., ARPA-H Program Manager, will join the Investor Catalyst Hub’s monthly virtual member meeting on Thursday, June 20, 1:00 p.m. ET to discuss his portfolio and his scientific area of expertise. Dr. Sheehan joined ARPA-H in February 2023 from the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), where his research focused on leveraging developments in synthetic biology to detect and address threats to human health.

SPOKES Networking Session; photo of people mingling and networking

Make Connections During the IC Hub’s Virtual SPOKES Networking Session

The Investor Catalyst Hub will host a virtual SPOKES networking event on Thursday, June 27, 12 p.m.-1 p.m. ET. This event will feature three breakout rooms offering insights from spokes within the categories of startups, health care providers, and investors. Spokes can customize their experience by self-selecting the breakout rooms they’d like to attend. Register now to make meaningful connections, learn how spokes are working on health care innovation, and discover possible avenues for collaboration.

Attendees at the joint reception co-hosted by IC Hub spokes Portal Biotechnologies and Mass General Brigham's Gene and Cell Therapy Institute (GCTI) at Bayer Co.Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Photo credit: Shirley Mao, Rvnway

IC Hub Spokes Portal Biotechnologies and Mass General Brigham Come Together for Joint Reception

Last month, IC Hub Director Chelsea Schiller gave remarks during a special reception co-hosted by spokes Portal Biotechnologies and Mass General Brigham’s Gene and Cell Therapy Institute (GCTI) at Bayer Co.Lab in Cambridge, Massachusetts. After connecting and identifying synergies between their work, the spokes organized an event bringing together nearly 10 IC Hub spokes and members of the local cell and gene therapy innovation community to combine networks and catalyze further collaboration among community members.

Not yet an IC Hub spoke member? Join the network today!

Can Your Organization Provide Access to Building Facilities for ARPA-H BREATHE Efficacy Trials?

ARPA-H is looking for Technical Area 3 (TA3) performers for the Building Resilient Environments for Air and Total HEalth (BREATHE) program! The program envisions smart building systems that monitor and respond to changes in indoor air quality. The ideal TA3 performers should be connected to a network of buildings and/or facilities that can be accessed for the integration of technologies with interventions during field trial demonstrations. BREATHE requires performers to form teams to achieve the goals of the program; interested organizations for all technical areas should submit a teaming profile to connect with organizations with complementary capabilities. Solution summaries are due June 21 at 5:00 p.m. ET.

Help ARPA-H UPGRADE Hospital Cybersecurity

ARPA-H is seeking performer teams for its latest program, Universal Patching and Remediation for Autonomous Defense (UPGRADE)—a cybersecurity effort to create tools for information technology teams to better defend the hospital environments they are tasked with securing. UPGRADE is especially interested in reaching hospitals with 150 beds or fewer; ideal respondents are responsible for IT and information security for their organizations.

To learn more about UPGRADE, including information about the draft solicitation, virtual Proposers’ Day registration, and how to state interest in forming an applicant team, visit the UPGRADE program page.

The Latest

  • The Boston Business Journal recently interviewed IC Hub Director Chelsea Schiller. Read the feature. (Subscription required.)
  • This summer, the IC Hub will launch an interactive member community on the member portal, making it easier for spokes to connect and collaborate for upcoming solicitations or projects. Be sure to activate your online portal account if you haven’t already!*
  • Solution summaries for ARPA-H’s Lymphatic Imaging, Genomics, and Phenotyping Technologies (LIGHT) program are due by June 27, 2:00 p.m. ET. Visit the LIGHT program page to access teaming profiles and learn more.
  • If you missed the IC Hub’s May member meeting, you can now watch the recording on the member portal.
  • The ARPANET-H network has officially reached representation in all 50 states and Washington, D.C.! Check out the IC Hub’s member representatives from across the U.S., including nonprofit organizations, institutions of higher education, and tribal nations.
  • Have you made a connection with another spoke through an Investor Catalyst Hub-supported event, opportunity, or channel? Share your story!

Upcoming Spoke Events

Are you an official member with an upcoming event that would be of interest to the Investor Catalyst Hub network? Submit it today for publication consideration on our event calendar and in our upcoming newsletter! Take a look at these upcoming events from our member network:

mHUB Industry Disruptors—Suzanne Yoon

June 13, 5:30 p.m. CT | Chicago, IL

Join mHUB for an Industry Disruptors fireside conversation with Suzanne Yoon, Founder and Managing Partner of Kinzie Capital Partners. This is a great opportunity to explore the trends impacting manufacturing-based businesses and entrepreneurs.


FoundHer Stories: A Fireside Chat with Mariana Matu

July 17, 1:00 p.m. CT | Virtual

Learn about Dr. Mariana Matus’ experience spinning out Biobot Analytics in 2017 from her doctoral research at MIT while working with Professor Eric Alm. Dr. Matus will share how her company analyzes sewage with molecular technologies and artificial intelligence to provide early warning of population health threats across the globe.


Visit our website for a complete list of upcoming events.


* Reminder: Upon application approval, all spokes receive an email to set up their account on the Investor Catalyst Hub member portal. If you haven’t activated your account, please do so as soon as possible to ensure you don’t miss any member-only communications, recordings, or important updates. Please contact us with any questions.


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