I want you to consider this. When Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, had his big idea nobody would give him financing -- money. His idea was just too wild and crazy. No one believed in his vision. They just didn't believe what he was saying. Finally after years of begging for capital, someone stepped in and decided to take a chance. To take the big risk. The type of funding he received was called Venture Funding....By Bob DeMarco
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First, I think it is important for Alzheimer's caregivers and the families of Alzheimer's patients to remain abreast of how the science is progressing. I can help by culling down the information so that it is manageable. In others words, so it can be digested.
Second, I think knowing and understanding that researchers in the U.S., and all over the world, are working very hard to discover alternative paths to an effective treatment and ultimately to a cure for Alzheimer's disease gives many of us a sense of hope.
There is a third important reason. With greater frequency I am seeing and hearing Alzheimer's activists vilify the pharmaceutical companies, the government, the research community, non-profit organizations and just about any individual they can point a finger at. Its a blame game.
While this is sometimes justified, more often then not -- it is not. I am not in agreement with them and I do not share their point of view.
Let's take the pharmaceutical companies first. It seems there is some kind of idea that the pharmaceutical companies don't know what they are doing, or are holding back research into potential Alzheimer's treatments.
It is true that the beta amyloid beta theory and the clinical trials around this theory continue to end in failure. However, it is not sensible to blame this totally on the pharma companies. It just wouldn't make sense for the pharma companies to throw 100s of million dollars down the drain. Each failure does advance the science. Importantly, big pharma has finally realized that throwing the big bucks at the problem and trying to hit the home run is not going to work. They finally agreed to collaborate and share their "intellectual capital". This shows recognition of the size of the problem -- identifying an effective treatment for Alzheimer's -- and will allow for the resources that are available to be used more effectively.
As for government funding of Alzheimer's research. I am no fan of the government when it comes to research funding -- too much red tape and paperwork. However, if we want to see greater government funding we are going to have to fight for it -- compete. This is the way things work. The Alzheimer's community needs to become better organized and it needs some leadership so that we can convince elected official that they need to get behind Alzheimer's research. We need to identify politicians that are genuinely behind our cause and get behind them. This won't be easy. Many of them are talking the talk right now, few of them are 'walking the walk'.
There is no better example than the National Alzheimer’s Project Act. The approval of the act was met with great fanfare. A step in the right direction -- no doubt. Did we win the war -- NO. The NAPA does not provide one red cent of monies to help us forward out agenda. It will be years, if ever, before we know the impact of the pieces of paper this is printed on.
I can assure you, the research community is hard at work. All kinds of alternative solutions and possible treatments are being investigated as I write. It would take many pages to list all the exciting research endeavors that are going on right now.
I have a few personal favorites. At the top of the list is the research being done by Rudy Tanzi. You can learn more about the research by reading this article-- A Sudden Flash of Genius Rudy Tanzi. We also have a podcast from Dr Tanzi that discusses the potential and path to an effective treatment by 2020 listen here -- The Plan to End Alzheimer's Disease by 2020.
A few years ago when no one was listening, and when there was very little belief in what Rudy was doing, the Cure Alzheimer's Fund stepped in to provide the financial backing he needed to continue his work. Look over on the right side of this web page, see the big red button? If you want to get involved with the Cure Alzheimer's Fund press the button and donate.
The Cure Alzheimer's Fund is a venture philanthropy fund. Venture means risk. Venture means providing research scientists that are at a very early stage with the necessary funding (capital) to continue their work. Usually too early to get government funding, funding from big pharma, or from the big boys on Wall Street.
I want you to consider this. When Bill Gates, the founder of Microsoft, had his big idea nobody would give him financing -- money. His idea was just too wild and crazy. No one believed in his vision. They just didn't believe what he was saying. Finally after years of begging for capital, someone stepped in and decided to take a chance. To take the big risk. The type of funding he received was called Venture Funding.
Now imagine this. You send a few dollars to the Cure Alzheimer's Fund and they back the next Bill Gates. The Bill Gates of Alzheimer's research. Rudy Tanzi? Whomever. And, somewhere down the road you get to tell your children -- I was involved. I made a difference. I invested in the first effective treatment for Alzheimer's disease.
Make sure you use the red button (on the right sidebar) when you donate. We are also helping Alan Arnette to realize his vision -- Cure Alzheimer's Now -- Climb ON.
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Alzheimer's Reading Room and an X Wall Street executive turned full time Alzheimer's caregiver. The blog contains more than 2,310 articles with more than 285,100 links on the Internet. Bob resides in Delray Beach, FL.
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