- A cluster has developed naturally in Louisville; a cluster of companies in the aging and long-term care industry. The community has embraced it as an economic development focus area.
- The aging and long-term care industry cluster has received much attention.
From The Burrill & Buck Aging Meeting:
- From The New York Times; "Alzheimer’s disease, high blood pressure and heart disease are the three most common chronic conditions in assisted living facilities: 82 percent of residents have at least one of them, according to a new government study."
- Big numbers. And, theoretically, Louisville's aging and long-term care industry has access to people under care with these diseases and conditions. A potentially big opportunity. Think about access to patients for clinical studies alone.
- And beyond clinical studies, there are opportunities to leverage that population and industry expertise to create new health apps, diagnostics and therapeutics.The cost of Alzheimer's management is staggering. A huge market opportunity.
- Treatments for heart disease, particularly heart failure, are big unmet needs.
- What about cancer and aging?
- As mentioned, Louisville has resources it can deploy.This is interesting research on longevity being done at UofL.
- Next-generation sequencing has aging research applications. Could Louisville perhaps lead the way in the genomics/genetics of aging?