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Date:8/26/2013

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Aug. 26, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The ALS Therapy Development Institute (ALS TDI) announced today that its ninth annual Leadership Summit will take place on Thursday, October 3, 2013 at the Westin Copley Place Hotel in Boston, MA. Hosted by the world's first non-profit biotech, this public event explores the latest trends in drug discovery, partnering and financing drug development and clinical trials in neurodegeneration, specifically ALS.

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The Leadership Summit will begin with a series of presentations from renowned industry leaders, including: Aaron Gitler, Ph.D., associate professor of genetics, Stanford University School of Medicine, who will present high-throughput screens to define novel mechanisms of ALS; Steve Finkbeiner, M.D., Ph.D., associate director and senior investigator, Gladstone Institutes, and professor, UCSF, who will discuss using Nobel Prize-winning human induced pluripotent stem cell technology as drug discovery tools for ALS; Willem van Weperen, CEO, to-BBB, who will address novel approaches to overcoming the blood brain barrier when delivering drugs in ALS; and Steve Perrin, Ph.D., CEO and CSO, ALS TDI, who will provide a behind the scenes glimpse of the drug development pipeline at the world's largest ALS research institute, ALS TDI.

Additionally, the event will include a panel of prominent researchers and philanthropic experts involved in improving the pace at which new discoveries made in the lab are translated into health-improving treatments for patients today, including : Robert Beall, Ph.D., president and CEO of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation; '/>"/>

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