Alzheimer's Disease

Ken Dychtwald, Alzheimer's Brain Trust, Visioneers 2017

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer’s disease is 100% incurable and 100% fatal. It affects nearly half of individuals over 85 and their families. The number of cases is soaring, and the disease could become the physical, emotional, and financial sinkhole of the 21st century—unless it is stopped. Our bold vision is to design a revolutionary worldwide challenge that will incentivize ingenuity across a wide array of disciplines and sectors and leverage exponential technologies that will make Alzheimer’s disease a thing of the past, opening a door into the Human Brain 2.0.


“We believe in increasing health and decreasing human suffering. Alzheimer’s disease is the ultimate thief—robbing families and communities of financial resources and stealing away people’s memories, abilities, personality, and ultimately their loved ones.

The Alzheimer’s Disease Impact Proposal is vitally needed work because humans are living longer. If we live long enough, we will all experience cognitive decay. We need to match brain span to life span. The future belongs to the generation that fully decodes the mysteries of the human brain. Work in the Alzheimer’s space paves the way not only for a Nobel Prize but for healthy minds to become better. If we can cure Alzheimer’s, we can upgrade who we are as a species. That is a future worth working for."


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Team Sponsor

The Alzheimer’s Braintrust is a group of individuals from diverse industries and backgrounds with one goal in mind: End Alzheimer’s Disease. Alzheimer’s is 100% incurable and 100% fatal. It affects almost half of individuals over 85. The number of cases is soaring, and the disease will be the sinkhole of the 21st century unless it is stopped.

By sponsoring the Alzheimer’s XPRIZE, the Braintrust hopes to eliminate the disease and the incredible financial and emotional costs associated with it. Guided by Ken Dychtwald and George Vradenburg, additional members of the Braintrust are Meryl Comer, Paul Dolan, John Dwyer, Ric Edelman, Emanuel J. Friedman Philanthropies, Daniel Katz, Andrew Sieg, and Frank Sullivan.

Meet the Team

Elad Azoulay

Elad Azoulay
Impact Designer

Elad Azoulay is a former strategy consultant with cross-functional experience in entrepreneurship, finance, and marketing. In his most recent position as a digital innovation consultant, Azoulay helped develop agile business strategies that enabled organizations to adapt to a constantly changing digital environment. Azoulay is curious, detail oriented, and creative and is looking forward to taking part in XPRIZE’s mission and collaborating with some of the world’s leading figures.

Sam Blake

Sam Blake
Impact Designer

Sam Blake has a variety of experience in communications, analysis, and entrepreneurship. He has managed teams and designed processes at MLB Advanced Media and Epic Systems, co-founded two startups, and provided program evaluation for the US government. His creative experience includes a decade of improv comedy performance, hosting a talk and music radio show, co-writing a published memoir, and playing in a touring band. Sam speaks three languages, loves books, and is an avid sports fan. He is excited about the opportunity XPRIZE offers him to use both sides of his brain for a socially beneficial cause. A fourth-generation Detroiter, Sam earned his bachelor's degree in history from the University of Michigan and is currently pursuing a dual-degree MBA/Master's in public policy at UCLA.