Bill Gates wants a cure for Alzheimer’s disease and he’s putting up $100 million to find it

  • Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk
6:11 p.m Monday, Nov. 13, 2017 Nation & World

Billionaire Microsoft founder and philanthropist Bill Gates is pledging $100 million to help find a cure for Alzheimer’s disease.

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A person is diagnosed with the brain-wasting disease every 66 seconds, according to CNN, and Gates said he has a family history of the illness.

“It’s a huge problem, a growing problem, and the scale of the tragedy - even for the people who stay alive - is very high,” he told Reuters

Gates said he’s investing $50 million in the Dementia Discovery Fund, which is a collaboration between business and government to find a treatment for the sickness. Then he’ll put another $50 million, a personal investment, in a start-up Alzheimer’s disease research venture, according to Reuters.

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Despite decades of research, there is no cure for Alzheimer’s disease and there are few drugs that can do anything more than treat some of the symptoms.

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