Google’s recent announcement of an investment in Calico is just one of many initiatives around human ageing
“A number of non-profits and foundations have sprung up around the idea that we can postpone age-related diseases, including The Ellison Medical Foundation, which looks at cellular stress during aging and cognitive decline; the non-profit Methuselah Foundation – named after the man in the Bible who lived to be 969 years old; the Maximum Life Foundation, a biotech/infotech/nanotech company trying to reverse aging by 2033 through investment in anti-aging research; and Proteus Venture Partners, which invests in start-ups that focus on cell therapy and tissue engineering.
A number of wealthy businesspeople have invested in the business of immortality, including Peter Thiel, Facebook investor and PayPal co-founder, who gave de Grey $3.5 million through the Methuselah Foundation, which awards scientists working on life-extension research. Last year, the regenerative medicine industry was estimated at $1.6 billion. Scientia Advisers, a life sciences consulting firm, estimates that the industry could reach $15 billion to $20 billion over the next 15 years.”
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