The last decade has seen unprecedented advances in our understanding of the biology of the disease, an exponential increase in novel targets and innovative approaches to developing therapies. The Healey Center International Prize for Innovation in ALS is an annual global prize celebrating excellence in research for an individual or team who catalyze exceptional discoveries leading to a transformative advance in therapy development in ALS. 

Sean M. Healey, executive chairman of Affiliated Managers Group, Inc. (AMG), joined AMG when it was a start-up in 1995, and together with his founding colleagues built the firm into one of the largest global asset management companies with over $830 billion under management—AMG is NYSE-listed and a component of the S&P 500. Prior to AMG, Mr. Healey began his career as an investment banker in the Mergers and Acquisitions Department at Goldman Sachs.

Mr. Healey was diagnosed with ALS in May 2018. Following his diagnosis, he took a step back from his long-time role of chairman and CEO at AMG in order to aggressively pursue treatment at the guidance of his doctor, Merit Cudkowicz, MD, MSc, chief of neurology at Massachusetts General Hospital. Together, with his company and friends, he established the Sean M. Healey & AMG Center for ALS at Mass General.

Prize Criteria

Investigator or team who made a significant advancement in the ALS field that impacted the development of novel therapies for ALS, including, but not limited to the following:

  • A global, multiple disciplinary collaboration that leads to new insights into the biology of the disease and translates into novel approaches for therapy development
  • A novel outcome measure to improve efficiency in clinical trials in patients with ALS
  • A technology to advance therapy development for ALS
  • A technology to identify novel targets for drug development
  • Tools or targets to stratify the ALS population and improve clinical trial design

Timeline for Submission

Release date: May 5, 2019
Nomination due date: July 9, 2019
Notification to successful candidate: August 2019
Presentation of award: At the International Symposium on ALS/MND in Perth, Australia on December 6, 2019

Make a Nomination

Download nomination form here

Submit completed nomination form and supporting documents as a single PDF to healeycenterforals@mgh.harvard.edu

Award: $50,000 USD and travel reimbursement up to $2,500 USD to attend the International Symposium on ALS/MND

To learn more about the Sean M. Healey and AMG Center for ALS, click here.

For questions, please contact healeycenterforals@mgh.harvard.edu or 617-724-7076.

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