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Governance and Administration

The RAPID Alliance is an Intrinsica Network chartered project. It is governed through Intrinsica at


The mission of the RAPID Alliance is advance development and implementation of collaborative innovation projects designed to optimize use of medications and vaccines for US populations, expanding globally.


The RAPID Alliance is governed by a steering council designed to represent the entire US medications ecosystem. The council works in collaboration with a project director and other leaders appointed through the Intrinsica Network. Contracts, finances, communications, funds, investments, shared resources, technologies and other resources are managed through the Intrinsica Network.

Founding Story

The RAPID Alliance was initially organized in March, 2020, during the COVID-19 as a research project in the National Science Foundation Center for Health Organization Transformation at the University of Louisville.

The research team was asked to do a fast-track study to look at barriers and strategies that could strengthen the capacity of US pharmacists and pharmacies to deliver tests, vaccines and otherwise support patients and families during and after the COVID-19 pandemic.

This study identified transformational strategies that, if implemented at national scale, had potential to reduce illness, and death for millions of people, save up to $528 billion in spending caused by likely avoidable hospitalizations, emergencies and doctor visits, and generate tens of billions in new value for for-profit organizations and investors. Read the paper.

The RAPID Alliance structure was refined in 2021 to meet the need for a nationwide, multi-university, multi-stakeholder action research consortium able to support development and implementation of these strategies from 2021 - 2031.

Finally, RAPID Alliance was re-organized in first quarter, 2022 to operate as a project of the Intrinsica Network.

Definitions of Terms

A number of specialized terms are used in the Intrinsica Network. Please visit the Intrinsica Network website here to see up to date definitions.