Keynote speech at Alzheimer’s Research UK Conference

With our ageing society, Alzheimer’s and dementia is a ticking time bomb at the heart of healthcare. The statistics are startling: 44 million people globally have dementia. By 2050, 135 million will have the disease, while the current global cost is $600bn. Already accounting for £23bn of cost to the UK, the disease has a devastating impact on those affected, and their loved ones and carers. Last December, I chaired the Alzheimer’s Research UK summit in Parliament following the G8 Summit where I worked with the Prime Minister to highlight the pioneering research work undertaken by innovative companies in the UK.
Recently, I was delighted to give the keynote speech at Alzheimer’s Research UK’s Annual Conference at the Said Business School. I talked about the new ecosystem of drug discovery, the measures we set out in the Life Sciences Strategy launched in 2011, the vision of an integrated healthcare economy, the landmark Early Access to Innovative Medicines scheme launched earlier this month and the Patients4Data campaign I co-founded and my Patient Data Bill launched last year.
As the G8 Summit set out, tackling this disease is going to require new ways of thinking. Most importantly, however, we need to get away from thinking that dementia is just something old people get, and instead see it for the corrosive medical condition it is. Above all, we must remember the awful impact it has on so many lives.



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