Press Release

Nov 10, 2015
Cytox congratulates Professor John Hardy, first UK winner of $3m Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences

Oxford, UK. Cytox congratulates Professor John Hardy (UCL Institute of Neurology, London) on receiving the $3 million (£2 million) Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences for his pioneering research into the genetic causes of Alzheimer’s disease, other forms of dementia and Parkinson’s disease. The Breakthrough Prize in Life Sciences honours ‘transformative advances toward understanding living systems and extending human life’. This is the first time that the prize has been awarded to a UK researcher.

‘We are proud to be associated with John Hardy’, commented Richard Pither, CEO Cytox Ltd, ‘He is a much valued member of our Scientific Advisory Panel, and is a key part of the consortium we lead that was awarded Innovate UK funding earlier this year to investigate the application of SNP profiling to risk stratification in Alzheimer’s disease.’

The Breakthrough Prize is backed by Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg and Google co-founder Sergey Brin, among others.