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ALS Therapy Development Institute Signs Collaboration Agreement with the Allen Institute for Brain Science
Date:4/8/2008

Augie's Quest Initiative, ALS TDI expanded its research program to include the largest genomic research program in the history of the disease.

"The goal of the collaboration is to determine exactly where in the spinal cord the genes associated with the progression of ALS are active," said Elaine Jones, Chief Operating Officer of the Allen Institute for Brain Science. "Helping scientists worldwide accelerate their research programs is central to our mission. We're thrilled to be working with ALS TDI to help advance ALS research."

The first samples will arrive from ALS TDI to the Allen Institute in April 2008. A progress report will be provided as part of an annual Leadership Summit and research symposium hosted by ALS TDI in Boston, Mass. on October 20, 2008.

About ALS Therapy Development Institute

The ALS Therapy Development Institute (http://www.als.net), based in Cambridge, Mass., operates the world's largest research and development program focused exclusively on ALS. Its staff of 30 scientists and research technicians work on behalf of ALS patients to discover and advance novel therapeutics for treating and ultimately curing ALS. The non-profit biotechnology institute excels in identifying novel disease targets, discovering compounds that may act against these targets, and screening potential treatments for clinical development. For more information, visit http://www.als.net or call 617.441.7200.

About the Allen Institute for Brain Science

Launched in 2003, the Seattle-based Allen Institute for Brain Science is an independent, 501(c)(3) non-profit medical research organization dedicated to advancing brain research. Started with $100 million in seed money from philanthropist Paul G. Allen, the Institute takes on projects at the leading edge of science--far-reaching projects at the intersection of biology and technology. T
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