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Race for the Mind



Race for the Mind by Daniel Gerard Welch

A story about the audacious challenge to defeat one of our greatest socio-economic threats – Alzheimer’s disease – and how the medical community and the pharmaceutical industry rise to face it. The pressure and enormous stakes of the Race for the Mind expose the most noble and misguided aspects of our humanity.

Dr. Darya Rostov, one of the greatest minds of a generation is stricken with Alzheimer’s disease – she represents the 50 million people who are currently making their long journey into the night. Jack Callahan is the CEO of BioNeura, a San Francisco biotech company developing what could be the first breakthrough for patients like Darya. Dr. Nathaniel Shah, a brilliant neurologist rises to run SNS, a rival company based in Geneva, Switzerland and hides a terrifying secret. The plot tracks Callahan and Shah, each driven by very different things and their struggle within themselves and with each other. It should be all about the patients like Rostov – but alas, we’re all human – and that sometimes gets in the way.

100 percent of the profits from book sales will be donated to Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

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Daniel Gerard Welch

About the Author

Author of Race for the Mind. Former Bio-pharma executive, husband and father, fly fishing and ice hockey enthusiast.

Dan has spent his entire career in the pharmaceutical business – decades of experience in multi-national pharmaceutical companies and smaller, US-based biotech companies. He has had a leadership role in the development and launch of several “block-buster” medicines; some the most prescribed in the world and others, break-through medicines for life-threatening diseases. Dan also worked in venture capital and private equity firms; essential sources of capital for developing new companies and medicines.

His experience leading over a dozen successful biotech companies includes roles as CEO, Chairman of the Board, Board Director and senior advisor.

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My Review

5 Stars

Alzheimer’s affect’s millions of people no matter what your social standing, wealth, or who you are. This story follows Dr. Darya Rostov, a brilliant woman that is succumbing to this disease. We then follow Jack Callahan, the CEO of BioNeuro as he tries to find the cure for Alzheimer’s and all the challenges that he faces trying to get the FDA to approve of it. We also find Dr. Nathaniel Shah who is trying to beat Callahan to a cure in Geneva, Switzerland.

This was a very interesting and heartbreaking story to read. It is so hard to watch/read about someone struggling as they slip into Alzheimer’s. But they are not the only victims, those around them are affected too and it’s just a heartbreaking struggle.

But then again trying to develop a drug to help cure Alzheimer’s is a tough path too. All the tests and fighting with the FDA is disheartening too. I had an idea that the pharmaceutical world was a nightmare but I had no idea until I read this book. It makes you wonder if they really care about health or if it is just for the money.

This is a wonderful read and one that I recommend. It opened my eyes to many things.

I received a complimentary copy of this book. I voluntarily chose to read and post an honest review.

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