August 2023

Speech based biomarkers for monitoring progressive changes in Alzheimer’s disease

A speech based composite which tracks change in AD over time was recently developed and piloted through a collaboration between Winterlight Labs and Genentech.

Speech is a rich source of clinical information when assessing and monitoring Alzheimer’s Disease. Natural language processing technologies, like those developed by Winterlight Labs, can objectively quantify speech and enable its use as a novel endpoint in drug development.

The next generation of treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease in clinical trials

The latest advances in the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and how Cambridge Cognition are designing and implementing empirically validated and clinically-relevant cognitive tasks to help develop the next generation of Alzheimer’s disease treatments. 

There are presently over 140 drugs being explored as possible treatments for Alzheimer’s Disease (AD) in clinical trials. Of these, nearly 80% are intended to slow the progression of AD. Historically, cholinesterase inhibitor drugs such as galantamine, rivastigmine and donepezil have been approved for treatment of AD. These drugs have been shown to mitigate symptoms of AD, such as memory loss, however they are unable to treat the underlying neurobiological cause of the condition. As such, these drugs do not slow AD progression and are not considered a long-term solution in the battle to end the most common form of neurodegenerative disease.

Highlights from AAIC 2023

The headline from this year’s AAIC in Amsterdam is undoubtedly the announcement of the results of TRAILBLAZER-ALZ-2, a phase 3 trial of Eli Lilly’s new drug Donanemab with 1,800 participants. Donanemab is an antibody-based drug that works by breaking down already-formed amyloid plaques that build up in Alzheimer’s disease (AD), rather than interfering with their production.

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