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July 2014

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Biomarkers: Discovery and Development for a Diagnostic Approach to Neurodegenerative Disorders - Overview

Biomarkers: Discovery and Development for a Diagnostic Approach to Neurodegenerative Disorders has a focus in biomarkers for neurodegenerative diseases and diagnostic applications in development. Biomarkers have been a heavily studied topic of interest, and recently on the rise is the interest in neurodegenerative disorders. Although there are many techniques used to track neurodegenerative disease progression, this report will primarily focus on blood-based and cerebrospinal fluid-based biomarkers. In addition to covering background information, this report will highlight several technologies that have been developed for employing the use of biomarkers for neurodegenerative disease detection, analysis and therapeutic development. Including substantial background information, illustrated with graphics and figures, this report captures market growth of biomarkers, advantages, disadvantages, and validation techniques.

Three neurodegenerative disorders that are heavily focused on in this report include: Alzheimer’s Disease/Mild Cognitive Impairment, Parkinson’s Disease, and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. Part II of the report will include all three of these disorders, highlighting specifics including background, history, and development of the disease. Deeper into the chapters, the report will unfold biomarkers under investigation, genetic targets, and an analysis of multiple studies investigating these elements.

 Experts interviewed in these chapters include:

  • Dr. Jens Wendland, Head of Neuroscience Genetics, Precision Medicine, Clinical Research, Pfizer Worldwide R&D
  • Dr. Howard J. Federoff, Executive Vice President for Health Sciences, Georgetown University
  • Dr. Andrew West, Associate Professor of Neurology and Neurobiology and Co-Director, Center for Neurodegeneration and Experimental Therapeutics
  • Dr. Merit Ester Cudkowicz, Chief of Neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital

Part III of the report makes a shift from neurobiomarkers to neurodiagnostics. This section highlights several diagnostics in play and in the making from a number of companies, identifying company strategies, research underway, hypotheses, and institution goals. Elite researchers and companies highlighted in this part include:

  • Dr. Xuemei Huang, Professor and Vice Chair, Department of Neurology; Professor of Neurosurgery, Radiology,  Pharmacology, and Kinesiology Director; Hershey Brain Analysis Research Laboratory for Neurodegenerative Disorders, Penn State University-Milton, S. Hershey Medical Center Department of Neurology 
  • Dr. Andreas Jeromin, CSO and President of Atlantic Biomarkers
  • Julien Bradley, Senior Director, Sales & Marketing, Quanterix
  • Dr. Scott Marshall, Head of Bioanalytics, and Dr. Jared Kohler, Head of Biomarker Statistics, BioStat Solutions, Inc.

Further analysis appears in Part IV. This section includes a survey exclusively conducted for this report. With over 30 figures and graphics and an in depth analysis, this part features insight into targets under investigation, challenges, advantages, and desired features of future diagnostic applications. Furthermore, the survey covers more than just the featured neurodegenerative disorders in this report, expanding to Multiple Sclerosis and Huntington’s Disease.

Furthermore, Insight Pharma Reports also put together a generous amount of data compiling clinical trial information and pipeline data from multiple databases  related to Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis. This is the fifth and final part of this report and it contains the most current information in the aforementioned disease areas.