The Importance of Supporting Clinical Research Into Mitochondrial Dysfunction
Many other diseases and conditions may be at least partially attributable to mitochondrial dysfunction. Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), type II diabetes, heart disease, chronic fatigue and some cancers, including breast cancer, may have a mitochondrial component.
In short, nearly every major disease that affects humans as we age may have part of its genesis in mitochondrial dysfunction. Even though scientists have known about mitochondria since before 1900, the area of mitochondrial medicine is still relatively new. The discoveries of most mitochondrial diseases have occurred within the last 30 years.
Because the field of mitochondrial medicine is relatively new, drug development for mitochondrial disease has really only just begun. The road to successful new drugs and drug therapies is long and expensive — on average, it takes 13 years and $1 billion to bring a drug to market. There are many failures along the way, with about 90% of new drugs failing in early phases of clinical trial development.
The Foundation for Mitochondrial Medicine is focused on treatments and funding the cures. We are optimistic for future innovative technologies and discoveries to correct or work around mitochondrial dysfunction. Financial support for FMM means momentum to accelerate entry into clinical trials which will in turn propel research faster toward the cures.