April 5, 2023
Life Sciences | Tea Leaves
  • The U.S. National Institute on Aging is funding a 6-year, up to $300 million project to build a massive Alzheimer’s research database that can track the health of Americans for decades and enable researchers to gain new insights into the disease. Last month, the agency, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), posted a notice of the grant for the six-year database project, setting its earliest start date as April 2024. The NIH confirmed Tuesday that plans are underway to fund the Alzheimer’s disease and Alzheimer’s disease-related dementias’ real-world data platform. (Articles here and here)
  • After recent setbacks, Johnson & Johnson is looking to end its talc litigation with a sweeping settlement. The drugmaker on Tuesday said it’s offering $8.9 billion over 25 years to resolve all lawsuits claiming that the company’s talc-containing baby powders caused cancer. The deal proposal comes after years of litigation and a high-profile, $2 billion verdict which J&J unsuccessfully appealed all the way to the Supreme Court. (Articles here, here, here, and here)