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Bill Gates, Other Donors Commit $30M To Venture Fund Aimed At Developing Alzheimer’s Diagnostic Test

CNN: Bill Gates jump-starts research for an affordable Alzheimer’s test
“…Gates announced [Tuesday] that he has joined a coalition of philanthropists who are investing $30 million to create a venture fund called Diagnostics Accelerator. ‘We need a better way of diagnosing Alzheimer’s — like a simple blood test or eye exam — before we’re able to slow the progression of the disease,’ Gates wrote in a statement announcing the investment…” (LaMotte, 7/17).

Financial Times: Bill Gates to back new Alzheimer’s research fund
“…[T]he biggest problem is that Alzheimer’s is almost always diagnosed after a patient has started exhibiting memory loss, at which point the disease has already inflicted significant damage to the brain. A majority of Alzheimer’s researchers think this delay is partly responsible for the failure to find a drug that can halt or reverse the disease…” (Crow, 7/17).

TIME: It’s Nearly Impossible to Diagnose Alzheimer’s Disease in Living People. Bill Gates Wants to Change That
“…[T]he Diagnostics Accelerator, a project with the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation (ADDF), … will focus on creating new strategies for diagnosing the disease. Gates is joined by Leonard Lauder, co-founder of the Alzheimer’s Drug Discovery Foundation, the Dolby Family, and the Charles and Helen Schwab Foundation, among others in the effort…” (Park, 7/17).