Alzheimer’s at an inflection point as drug and diagnostics breakthroughs emerge

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Alzheimer’s disease research appears to be hitting its stride, thanks to recent therapeutic advances in drug development and the emergence of biomarkers to detect the condition. “All the pieces of the puzzle of precision medicine, which is already quite common in oncology, are now in place,” said Hartmuth Kolb, vice president, neuroscience biomarkers and R&D global imaging at Johnson & Johnson Innovative Medicine.

There’s urgency to stem the tide of the disease, which not only can be heart-wrenching for patients and caregivers, but also its financial burden. The cost of caring for individuals living with Alzheimer’s or other dementias in the U.S. could hit $345 billion in 2023, according to the Alzheimer’s Association, marking a $24 billion increase over the prior year​.

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