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The Michael J. Fox Foundation Launches The $14 Million-Edmond J. Safra Core Programs for PD Research
Date:6/21/2012

NEW YORK, June 21, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) today announced the opening of its Therapeutic Pipeline Program. This newly created funding mechanism invites research proposals from industry and academic investigators to drive pre-clinical and clinical Parkinson's disease drug development. MJFF has committed up to $14 million in funding toward three research programs, which include the Therapeutic Pipeline Program, Rapid Response Innovation Awards and Target Validation.

The Therapeutic Pipeline Program integrates three previous MJFF funding opportunities — the Therapeutics Development Initiative, Clinical Intervention Awards and Repositioning Drugs for PD — into a single streamlined initiative. The Foundation has extended the initial application acceptance period in order to allow research applicants to develop a comprehensive, multi-phased plan for their promising Parkinson's therapeutics in development.

"We've updated our annual funding initiatives to streamline processes and support our goal of bringing new treatments to market faster," said Sonal Das, Ph.D., associate director of research programs at MJFF. "We're aiming to cut even more red tape out of our application procedures by allowing successful projects to continue through multiple phases of the drug development process without needing to pause and reapply for funding at every stage of the pipeline."

Das emphasized that applicants must present both a therapeutic strategy with clear potential for PD and a well-defined plan for driving their strategy through pre-clinical testing and into the clinic. In making funding decisions, the Foundation prioritizes research toward critically needed disease-modifying treatments (those that can protect or restore the degenerating and/or dysfunctional neurons affected in PD), or toward treatments with potential to signifi
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