Honoring Breakthroughs And Our Commitment To Research & Development
By Darryle Schoepp, Vice President, Neuroscience Discovery Pre-Clinical Early Development, Merck
For all we have accomplished in neuroscience, our understanding of human brain function and the diseases that affect it remains a tremendous challenge for researchers. In the research world we often wonder if we have uncovered more than one percent of what there is to know about the brain and the diseases that impact it.
As a result of this complexity, developing new medicines to treat neurological disorders has been associated with many setbacks along the way. In Alzheimer’s disease, for example, between 1998 and 2014 there were 123 unsuccessful attempts to develop treatments and just four approvals. Though deeply disappointing for both patients and researchers, these setbacks offer important insights that inform and redirect future research efforts. Patients with neurological conditions have a tremendous need for new treatments. Our industry is committed to tackling these devastating and complex conditions.