Bringing Alzheimer’s in from the Cold
With big pharma seemingly pulling out of the field, what hope remains for novel treatments for Alzheimer’s disease? Here, we gain insight from a small but pioneering company and researchers in the Alzheimer’s research space to discover that – with the support of the wider community – there are significant reasons to be hopeful.
Roisin McGuigan |
You’d be forgiven for thinking that the pharma industry has completely abandoned Alzheimer’s disease (AD) research. At the start of 2018, Pfizer made the decision to terminate its neuroscience discovery programs, leading to a significant backlash in the media with dramatic (and negative) headlines lamenting big pharma’s exit from the field. Over the past few years, numerous pharma companies have seen failures of once promising Alzheimer's drugs in their pipelines, and there hasn’t been a new drug approved for AD in over a decade.
Is there truly no hope left? Pfizer’s announcement in January wasn’t all doom and gloom – the company added that it would be creating a venture fund to invest in biotech companies conducting promising neuroscience research. And research in both company pipelines and academia continues. Here, I speak with some of the people refusing to give up on Alzheimer’s.
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