The Microsoft founder, who recently invested $100 million of his $94 billion fortune into Alzheimer’s research, added: “More and more people are getting Alzheimer’s, and it’s a tragic disease.”
Gates said $50 million of his donation is going to Dementia Discovery Fund, which looks for new cures and treatments.
“One of the things we’re trying to figure out is, when does the Alzheimer’s really get started?” he said. “When would you need to treat somebody to completely avoid them getting Alzheimer’s?”
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Gates, 62, discussed his own fears about developing Alzheimer’s like his father. However, he also expressed optimism regarding the fight against Alzheimer’s.
“I’m an optimist. Bringing in new ideas, that’s what we’re going to have to do, to have great drugs for this in the next 10 to 15 years,” Gates said.