Author Archives: Charles Moore

Perceptive Devices and Tobii Dynavox Partnership Will Combine Facial Expression and Eye Tracking Technology

Perceptive Devices, a company specializing in hands-free and voice-free electronic devices, is partnering with eye tracking device maker Tobii Dynavox to develop a new generation of hands-free and voice-free control technology for those with physical disabilities. Users of Tobii Dynavox products will now have the option of controlling their devices with Perceptive…

Pfizer, AbbVie Investing $10 Million in Aquinnah’s Neurodegenerative Disease Therapy Approach

Pfizer and AbbVie are pumping $10 million into Aquinnah Pharmaceuticals‘ effort to develop a revolutionary approach to treating neurodegenerative diseases — one that could arrest, or even reverse, the progression of Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS), Alzheimer’s and other conditions. Takeda Pharmaceuticals invested $5 million in Aquinnah’s program in December 2015.

May is ALS Awareness Month

May is ALS Awareness Month and the ALS community is seeking the help of individuals willing to participate, advocate and donate to advance the fight toward a world free of amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, commonly known as “Lou Gehrig’s Disease.” The ALS Association is a national non-profit organization dedicated to building…

FDA Approves Test of Combined Stem Cell and Gene Therapy for ALS

Regenerative medicine investigators at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center have received U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval to test a novel combination stem cell-gene therapy they’ve developed to stall amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS) progression. Enrollment in the trial is expected to commence soon. Also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is…

‘Die Trying’ – Friday’s VICE Episode on HBO to Address ALS

“Die Trying”, this Friday’s episode of HBO’s edgy half-hour newsmagazine series VICE, is about ALS and hosted by the show’s Senior Associate Editor Angelina Fanous who is battling the disease. A preview trailer can be viewed at: http://als.vice.com/. Living with ALS, Egyptian-born Fanous is now focusing on…