Despite many promising leads, more than 120 drug treatments for Alzheimer’s disease have failed. But Cambridge-based biotech company Biogen revived hope on Tuesday with its announcement that it would seek Food and Drug Administration approval for a drug it abandoned earlier this year.
The biotech world went into a full-on frenzy Tuesday when drug giant Biogen dropped this whopper: The company is reviving its Alzheimer’s drug hopeful, aducanumab, after leaving it for dead all the way back in March. In fact, it’s marching forward with a Food and Drug Administration (FDA) application to approve the drug for certain patients facing cognitive decline.
An Alzheimer’s vaccine developed by a privately held Slovakian biotech firm showed early signs of efficacy in a mid-stage trial, a rare step forward in the fight against the brain-wasting disease, the company said on Monday.
The companies developing aducanumab, Biogen and its partner Eisai, announced that they halted two late-stage trials of the experimental drug after an independent group’s analysis showed that the trials were unlikely to “meet their primary endpoint.”
The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based biotech giant joins a long list of companies in the last decade that have failed to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s.
Check out the project in the link for today. The claim is a novel process to find a way to immunize against Alzheimer’s disease. Not sure how this low budget will win from all the billions already spent by the large pharmaceutical companies but see for yourself.
A new drug shows promising results: Early results indicate that the drug could reverse natural, age-related cognitive decline. Researchers also believe that it might help patients whose memories are impaired because of conditions such as depression, schizophrenia and Alzheimer’s disease.
Interesting, the video on the page in the link for today highlights life style changes while the words on the site talk about a new compound that has been found that could prevent Alzheimer’s. Both are interesting to read/watch.
It has been known that people can be disoriented after general anesthesia but now a study found that propofol (a very common drug to use) also disrupts presynaptic mechanisms, probably affecting communication between neurons across the entire brain in a systematic way that differs from just being asleep. In this way it is very different than a sleeping pill
In a new study, a Salk team found that J147 binds to a protein called ATP synthase, which is responsible for producing a common cellular “energy currency” known as ATP. This protein is known to control aging in worms and flies, and the researchers found that by binding to it the drug was able to prevent age-related damage to the brain.
Novel Drug Shows Promising Results in Alzheimer’s Model
Scientists report that a novel small-molecule drug, which works by stopping toxic ion flow in the brain that is known to trigger neuronal apoptosis, can restore brain function and memory in a mouse model of Alzheimer’s disease (AD). The team believes the drug could be used to treat AD and other neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and amyotropic lateral sclerosis (ALS).