How will your research contribute to extending healthy human life?
Our work focuses on rejuvenation — repair of the damage that the body does to itself throughout life and that eventually causes the diseases and disabilities of old age. We are engaged in the
What were the major breakthroughs made by your laboratory or companies?
The most recent one was that a group we fund at Yale University published, in Science magazine, a critical first step in our strategy for eliminating
Can your research be commercialized in the future and is there any way to invest in this research today?
Absolutely! In the past year, we have already spun out a few of our key projects to visionary startups, and any
In your opinion, what are the most promising companies contributing to longevity research today?
Other than the startups I just mentioned, the most important companies are ones that would not necessarily describe themselves as contributing to longevity research, because their activities have great relevance to specific diseases, which tends to get people’s attention more! Examples include Immusoft, which make a type of white blood cell into an
Do you think there will be significant breakthroughs in longevity research in the next decade?
That is as good as certain to happen. We are making significant breakthroughs every year, in fact — but in the next decade, I think it is very likely that the breakthroughs will advance from significant to dramatic, with the ability to genuinely rejuvenate rodents in the laboratory sufficiently to extend their life by far more than we can do today when starting an intervention in middle age.
Do you think it is a good time for iVAO to get into longevity business and invest in biotechnology in general?
Of course! Look at today’s
Can you say a few words about the upcoming conference in St. Petersburg? What are your expectations?
I’m delighted to be involved in this conference. It’s an honour to be among such distinguished scientists. I’m sure that the meeting will lead to many insights and collaborations that will have great value for longevity research in the future.