The human brain is a particularly challenging area for scientists
Through the Innovative Medicines Initiative, we are working with other pharmaceutical companies, universities, research organisations, public bodies and patient groups, conducting trials and sharing knowledge. We hope this will speed up the evaluation of new drug candidates to the benefit of the broad scientific community and ultimately, patients.
Another public-private initiative we are involved with brings together key UK academic and pharmaceutical research centres. Set up by the Medical Research Council, the Dementias Platform UK aims to improve the ability to detect signs of early-stage neurodegenerative disease, and to support the development of new treatments.
The hope is that this platform will make it possible to identify important disease trends that can be used to indicate those people at risk of dementias. And with a more comprehensive understanding of these characteristics, we hope to be able to better identify the most appropriate patients to participate in our human clinical studies.
More recently, we have committed funding to the Dementia Discovery Fund. Established by the UK Government as part of its long-term strategy to boost research, improve care and raise public awareness of dementia, the international investment scheme provide critical financial support and expert advice during the early stages of research to accelerate the development of innovative new treatments.
The fund unites investors from the private, public and philanthropic sectors under a single scheme to finance a range of research projects. A governing board of scientific experts will identify potential approaches with the best chance of future success.