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In Alzheimer's, hope, hype and disappointment as biopharma goes all in on amyloid

Thanks to some recent clinical advances, physicians and scientists--convening in Washington, DC, this week for the Alzheimer's Association International Conference--have some new hope that blasting away some misshapen proteins in the brain called beta amyloids could be a path to finally reversing years of developmental futility.

Alzheimer's startup Alzheon bags $10M and beats a path to Phase III

The veteran Alzheimer's researchers at Alzheon believe their novel treatment for the disease has a chance to come through where so many others have failed, raising $10 million amid a "perfect storm" for the company's top prospect, the CEO said.

Mayo Clinic team renews Alzheimer's feud, fingers tau over amyloid

In the world of Alzheimer's drug research, there's no lack of certainty among leading researchers. There's just no consensus on what causes the disease or how to treat it.

Blood vessel breakdown in the brain may be linked to Alzheimer's

Alzheimer's disease and vascular dementia, the two most common dementias, may be more alike than scientists previously thought.

Certain microRNAs might be viable Alzheimer's targets

A newly identified set of microRNAs may give scientists fresh insight into how protein levels in the brains of Alzheimer's patients are regulated.

GE Healthcare eyes 2014 for U.S. launch of Alzheimer's imaging agent

GE Healthcare has at long last nailed down FDA approval for an imaging agent designed to help evaluate living patients for Alzheimer's disease or dementia. It's the second brain-imaging drug of its kind to gain U.S. regulators' OK, and plans call for rolling it out commercially in 2014.

New study refutes Targretin claim for treatment of Alzheimer's

Last year, scientists reported that the drug bexarotene--marketed as Targretin--could rapidly break apart beta amyloid plaque deposits characteristically found in the brains of Alzheimer's patients. But new research suggests those findings may have been too good to be true.

Blocking a gene's activity could clear beta-amyloid plaques in Alzheimer's

Researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard University have discovered a possible new mechanism to halt the disease process in Alzheimer's.

New rat model could help scientists better understand, treat Alzheimer's

For the first time, scientists have genetically engineered a lab rat that has the full range of brain changes associated with Alzheimer's disease--that is, it more accurately mirrors the brain of a person with the disease.

Novartis dumps a long-faded $500M pact with Cytos

Close to six years after promising up to $500 million to gain rights to Zurich-based Cytos Biotechnology's ($CYTN) smoking cessation vaccine, Novartis has handed back the rights to the treatment and written off its investment.