The inspiring personal story of the 19th director of DARPA

Regina Dugan's story and DARPA research on mRNA vaccines

A podcast where Regina Dugan shares her story as well as explaining why mRNA vaccines are one of the greatest achievements of DARPA, along with the Internet and GPS.

https://hbr.org/podcast/2021/01/bringing-darpas-innovation-to-health

Regina Dugan, CEO of new biomedical non-profit Wellcome Leap and former director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the U.S., joins Azeem Azhar to explore how she approaches delivering breakthrough technologies, and why she has now set her sights on global health.

They also discuss:

  • The thinking behind DARPA’s early support of Moderna’s mRNA vaccine technology.

  • How the DARPA model of innovation can apply to advancing medical technologies.

  • How the lessons from her experience of childhood cancer have guided Dugan’s career.

Notes:

https://www.washingtonpost.com/national-security/how-a-secretive-pentagon-agency-seeded-the-ground-for-a-rapid-coronavirus-cure/2020/07/30/ad1853c4-c778-11ea-a9d3-74640f25b953_story.html

https://hbr.org/2013/10/special-forces-innovation-how-darpa-attacks-problems