Bill Gates invests $50 million in startups to help fight Alzheimer's and other brain challenges

Billionaire and co-founder of Microsoft Bill Gates has pledged around $100 million in the fight against brain-wasting diseases, earmarking half of that for start-ups researching treatments for Alzheimer’s disease.

“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 said. “I hope that in the next 10 years that we have some powerful drugs, but it’s possible that won’t be achieved.”

Of the total sum, around half is set to be donated to the Dementia Discovery Fund, while the rest will go to other organizations, focusing on new approaches to Alzheimer’s research.

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