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This year Partners was proud to host the first World Neuroscience Innovation Forum at the Francis Crick Institute in London. The March 27 event saw senior corporate executives, top clinicians, venture investors, and leading researchers from the U.S. and Europe convene to battle Alzheimer’s, multiple sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative diseases that afflict one in six people around the world.

“Neurodegenerative and related diseases are among the greatest challenges confronting contemporary society and their enormous growth represent a potential economic cataclysm.” said Rudolph E. Tanzi, PhD, Vice-Chair of Neurology, Director of Genetics and Aging Research Unit, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Joseph P. and Rose F. Kennedy Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School. “This global gathering of some of the world’s top neuroscience leaders catalyzed new connections, conversations and thinking around these unprecedented challenges.”

This global gathering of some of the world’s top neuroscience leaders catalyzed new connections, conversations and thinking around these unprecedented challenges.

The Forum’s highly interactive panel discussions focused on topics ranging from investment priorities, to innovative therapies, to the impact of neurodegeneration on the health care system, as well as keynote sessions with forum sponsors Biogen and Eli Lilly.

The Forum also served as the launch for the Springboard Challenge. This award competition will seed international, multi-sector neuroscience teams dedicated to the development of disruptive approaches that improve therapeutics and diagnostics to treat neurodegenerative or neuroinflammatory diseases.

The Challenge offers three $50,000 awards and mentorship support from leading UK and US venture capitalists. The awards are intended to fund team meetings, logistics, and strategic planning efforts for the proposed solution. Collaborations enabled by the awards will seek multi-year support from Forum industry sponsors, governments, investors, foundations and other organizations. Award selections will be made in the summer of 2017.

To learn more about this event and the upcoming World Medical Innovation Forum this May, please visit the official Forum web site for additional information.