"We focus our efforts at the intersection of breaking science and unmet medical need – for example in immunology, which is changing patient expectations across the board," says Dan. "The medicines that are available for diseases like psoriasis are truly game changers for patients. The goal of developing medicines that allow individuals to look back five years from now and wonder what life was like before these treatments existed – that's what drives me."
A lot of Dan's work also focuses on Alzheimer's disease, which he notes as another driving force behind his efforts. "Ten years ago, a lot of what we do today wasn’t even remotely possibly," Dan says. "Today, we can see the fundamental causes of the disease with advanced brain imaging, and then follow patients over time and see if experimental medicines reduce those causes or not. The ability to do this has produced remarkable results."