a cadre of Alzheimer’s treatments

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Does "a cadre of Alzheimer’s treatments" refer to "a group of Alzheimer’s treatments"?

Or refer to "an elite group of Alzheimer’s treatments"?

Well, "cadre" used this way appears to be a bit odd.


Biogen’s share price has risen by nearly 30 percent over the past month as analysts predicted modestly positive data from the Phase 2 trial. The actual results outstripped Wall Street’s consensus, putting Biogen on a path for further growth.

BAN2401 is part of a cadre of Alzheimer’s treatments predicated on the idea that toxic plaques called amyloids are responsible for the disease’s corrosive effect on the brain.

-Scientific American

Source:Experimental Alzheimer's Drug Significantly Slowed Patients' Cognitive Decline
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