Billionaire Ken Griffin, Michael J. Fox Foundation stage $10M competition
The Michael J. Fox Foundation is partnering with Ken Griffin to hold a $10 million competition in an effort to spur development of a critical research tool for Parkinson’s disease.
The program is offering a cash incentive for researchers to devise a tracer compound that can bind to a protein in the brain known as alpha-synuclein and illuminate its volume and location on a brain scan.
The majority of the 6 million people living with Parkinson’s worldwide have clumps of alpha-synuclein in their brain, and it is believed to harm cells and result in symptoms of the disease.
The hedge fund manager and the actor, who was diagnosed with Parkinson’s in 1991, are teaming up to find a cure.
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