Alzheimer’s Nonprofit, Pfizer, Johns Hopkins Partnering on Therapy Development

Alzheimer’s Nonprofit, Pfizer, Johns Hopkins Partnering on Therapy Development
The Alzheimer's Drug Discovery Foundation and Pfizer's Centers for Therapeutic Innovation are  supporting a Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine effort to develop therapies for Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and other neurodegenerative diseases. Valina Dawson, a neurology professor who is co-director of neuroregeneration and stem cell programs at Johns Hopkins' Institute for Cell Engineering, will lead the project. The goal of the collaboration "is to find the most promising new targets for treating Alzheimer's and Parkinson's and develop potential medicines against them as quickly as possible to the benefit of patients," Dr. Uwe Schoenbeck, senior vice president of Pfizer's external science and innovation group, said in a press release. In addition to financial support from the foundation and Pfizer, Dawson's team will have a chance to collaborate with Dr. Paul Wes, director of Pfizer's Centers for Therapeutic Innovation, and scientists from Pfizer's Neuroscience, Medicinal Chemistry, Primary Pharmacology, and Drug, Safety, Research and Development units. The collaboration means the project team will benefit from Pfizer's drug development expertise and resources. They will also benefit from the drug discovery foundation's knowledge of these diseases. The foundation "has a vast wealth of knowledge about emerging targets in Alzheimer's disease and the academic scientists purs
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