One of the outcomes of the G8 Dementia Summit in December 2013 was the creation of a Global Envoy for Dementia Innovation. Dr Dennis Gillings, a consultant to the pharmaceutical industry and founder of Quintiles, has been appointed as the World Dementia Envoy.
“The envoy plans to create a World Dementia Council to stimulate innovation, development and commercialisation of life enhancing drugs, treatments and care for people with dementia, and to protect those at risk of dementia, within a generation. The council will be independent of government and will have expertise in pharmaceuticals, research, investment and civic society”.
Dennis Gillings appointed World Dementia Envoy. London: Department of Health / Dementia Challenge, February 28th 2014.