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Alzheimer’s Disease Update

Scientific evidence increasingly points to brain inflammation as a major driver of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Researchers have discovered that amyloid, one of the hallmarks of the disease, is antimicrobial and may help the immune system fight invaders to the brain. They theorize that accumulating amyloid plaques and tau tangles in response to infection set the...

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New Approaches to an Earlier Alzheimer’s Disease Diagnosis

We have written previously about the need for earlier diagnosis for Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and other dementias, a capability that could both aid in the discovery and the development of new therapies, and increase the chances for better patient outcomes in slowing or preventing cognitive decline. Recently, researchers have presented data on several new non-invasive...

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Positive Results Reported in Alzheimer’s Disease — But Questions Remain

In early July, Biogen and Eisai announced that analysis of their 18-month Phase 2 trial of BAN2401 revealed encouraging results, showing an effect on both lowering of amyloid levels and slowing of cognitive decline in patients treated with the highest dose of the drug. This spurred some analysts to hail the news as encouraging support...

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Hot Topics in Neurology at AAN

We have been thinking for some time about the importance of biomarkers in both drug discovery and clinical medicine as they relate to Alzheimer’s (and our In Vivo publication also addresses this topic in depth). At the recent American Academy of Neurology (AAN) conference, there was also widespread interest in this topic, spurred in part...

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BIO2018, here we come: Real-time oncology and biomarkers for Alzheimer’s disease

The BIO International Convention is a huge gathering each year, as around 15-18,000 representatives from across industry and around the world get together to discuss policy, partnering, and product development over the course of four days. This year’s event, to be held in Boston from June 4 – 7, should be no exception. BIO has...

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Alzheimer’s Disease: Continued Clinical Failure and a Potential New Development Pathway

Alzheimer’s disease continues to be a costly and frustrating minefield for drug developers. Most recently, Boehringer Ingelheim halted development of the phosphodiesterase type 9 (PDE9) inhibitor BI 409306 after it failed in phase 2. Merck also ended its trial of verubecestat, the company’s beta-secretase-1 (BACE1) inhibitor, in early stage Alzheimer’s disease patients for futility, a few...

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Alzheimer’s Disease: The Case for Drug-Diagnostic Partnerships

Developing an Alzheimer’s disease drug has been notoriously expensive and high risk. Part of the problem has been the difficulty in identifying the right patients for clinical trials and at the right time – that is, those patients showing early signs of cognitive impairment who will progress to AD. However, new diagnostics, biomarkers, and digital...

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Search for an Alzheimer’s Treatment Goes On

Anticipation was high for the results of a Phase 3 trial of Axovant’s experimental drug, interpirdine. Sadly, the potential Alzheimer’s disease treatment failed to meet its co-primary endpoints. Patients with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease who were treated for 24 weeks with 35 mg interpirdine, along with the existing Alzheimer’s disease drug Aricept, failed to...

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Alzheimer’s Disease and the Diagnostic Dilemma

Head over to LinkedIn to read an article by our principal consultant Rachel Laing as part of our continuing commentary on Alzheimer’s Disease. https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/alzheimers-disease-diagnostic-dilemma-rachel-laing/