Friday, October 14, 2011

Dr. Robert Horvitz on ALS Research: The Extended Interview

Earlier this year, Prize4Life interviewed some of the top minds in the ALS research, clinical, and industry communities asking for their thoughts on ALS, the drug development landscape, and the potential of the incentive prize model in spurring biomedical innovation. These interviews were compiled into a short video that was screened at a gala in New York City celebrating the awarding of the $1M ALS Biomarker Prize to Dr. Seward Rutkove.

We are sharing the extended versions of these interviews on our website. The first video featured Dr. Vicki Sato, a professor at Harvard Business School and former president of Vertex Pharmaceuticals. You can view that video here.

The following is an interview with Dr. Robert Horvitz, a Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, an investigator with the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, and winner of the 2002 Nobel Prize in Physiology for discovering and characterizing the genes controlling cell death in the nematode worm Caenorhabditis elegans. Dr. Horvitz discusses his personal connection with ALS, the need for increased funding in the field, and how his work advances ALS research.

You can also view the original video, 'Driving Breakthroughs in ALS Research: Prize4Life and the $1M ALS Biomarker Prize,' below.


  1. This is a great breakthrough on the fight against ALS.

  2. I surely believe what my friends say, because you have a fantastic insight on the topic.Nice post.