Bill Gates sets sights on cure for Alzheimer's with $50m investment

Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates has set his sights on eradicating Alzheimer’s announcing today a $50m (£38.2m) investment in research to develop new treatments.

Mr Gates said he was “joining the fight” at a turning point in the study of the disease, adding that a breakthrough was needed so people can enjoy the longer lives we are living.

The research will be led by the Dementia Discovery Fund (DDF), a collaboration launched between the UK’s Department of Health, world-leading pharmaceutical companies, and Alzheimer’s Research UK.

The fund was started in 2015 to invest in pioneering research on treatments for the neurodegenerative disease. It is

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