President Joe Biden has appointed former government scientist Renee Wegrzyn as the first director of the Advanced Research Projects Agency for Health (ARPA-H). The agency was officially launched in March with $1 billion in funding from Congress. (STAT)

The Food and Drug Administration will review Perrigo’s birth control pill, Opill, for over-the-counter sales. If approved, Opill would become the first daily OTC birth control pill available in the U.S. (Reuters)

Microsoft and Novo Nordisk have announced a five-year partnership through which the tech behemoth will provide the pharma firm with AI for drug development. The companies noted that they have already used the technology to identify targets and biomarkers for atherosclerosis. (Endpoints News)

More than 100 countries are reporting monkeypox cases, but most of them don’t have access to vaccines or treatments. Higher-income nations like the U.S. bought most vaccine doses when the disease hit. (The New York Times)

Researchers have discovered more about the mechanism behind air pollution’s link to lung cancer. Poor air quality contributed to around 250,000 lung cancer deaths worldwide in 2019, a study found. (Axios)