There is a huge need to prevent illnesses associated with aging.
Over the past 100 years, preventive strategies have been very successful in controlling infectious diseases. We believe this success can be broadened to keep people healthy as they age.
Non-communicable diseases are on the rise
Non-communicable diseases (NCDs), including age-related diseases, are the leading cause of death worldwide. They account for 65 percent of all deaths, and are a major threat to human health and socioeconomic development. Examples of NCDs are cardiovascular disease, many types of cancer and neurodegenerative illnesses such as Alzheimer’s disease.
Lancet. 2012 Dec 15;380(9859):2095-128. The Global Economic Burden of Non-communicable Diseases. 2011, World Economic Forum and the Harvard School of Public Health.