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Prize4Life Featured in Major Innovation/Prize National Conference
Date:4/29/2010

e’s $1 million ALS Biomarker Challenge, the first prize of its kind to be offered for biomedical research. Interested parties can follow the conference proceedings here. The page will include agenda and speaker information, as well as a new blog series. The meeting will also be streamed live on the site on Friday, April 30, 2010, featuring interviews with a select group of experts and practitioners, Dr. Leitner among them. Followers on Twitter should look for the hashtag #OPENGOV for news on the conference.

About ALS

Known in the United States as Lou Gehrig’s Disease, ALS is a rapidly progressing neurodegenerative disease that typically takes the life of patients within 2-5 years of diagnosis. It is caused by the degeneration of motor neurons, the nerve cells in the central nervous system that control voluntary muscle movement. It most commonly strikes people between the ages of 40 and 70, and affects men slightly more than women. ALS is the most common motor neuron disease worldwide, and as many as 30,000 Americans struggle with it at any given time. There is no known cure for ALS and only one modestly effective FDA-approved treatment for the disease.

About Prize4Life

Prize4Life was founded by a group of Harvard Business School students when one of them, Avi Kremer, was diagnosed with ALS at the age of 29. Prize4Life works to accelerate the discovery of a treatment and a cure for ALS by using powerful incentives to attract new people and ideas, and to leverage existing efforts and expertise in the ALS field. Among other program initiatives, the organization currently administers the ALS Biomarker Prize Challenge, the Avi Kremer ALS Treatment Prize, and an ALS research portal (www.ResearchALS.org).
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