Henry McCance '64 and Venture Philanthropy: An Investor's Approach to Curing Alzheimer's
Henry McCance '64 and his family, along with two other prominent Boston-linked families, have founded the Cure Alzheimer's Fund.
Listen to an NPR interview which includes comments by Henry McCance (whose comments start 7½ minutes into the 8½-minute interview).
Henry and his co-founders are funding a high-risk but promising approach to finding a cure or preventative for Alzheimer's.
The projects they fund are based on a 4-part roadmap, which they believe is the quickest way to a cure:
- Find all the genes that contribute to risk for the disease;
- Figure out which ones contribute the most and have the best prospects for treatment;
- Determine how these genes actually lead to increased risk;
- Find the drug therapies that can most safely and effectively disrupt this link.