The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research has created a drug-discovery and -development program to address gaps in Parkinson’s disease research, and speed therapies to market, the group said last week.

The first initiative will provide $1.5 million in funding for Parkinson’s target validation research, MJFF said.

Although a variety of techniques are used in the target validation process, cell-based and small-animal in vivo assays are high on the list.

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