For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, spring has finally arrived, and with it, we have lots of news to share with you!
Happy birthday to us!
That’s right, folks, it’s our birthday, and we are celebrating nine years of being a non-profit organization that advocates, educates, and fundraises for healthy life extension and longevity.
It’s amazing how time flies, and we have worked really hard to become the leading non-profit news, advocacy, and educational resource for rejuvenation biotechnology and aging research.
Our goal is to reach more and more people and engage them about the potential of rejuvenation biotechnology and how it could make age-related diseases a thing of the past. To that end, we would like to share a few interesting success metrics that show how much we have achieved in this relatively short time.
Advocacy, journalism, education, and engaging the public, policymakers, and industry decision makers is as equally important as the research itself. We are at a point in history when there are now more and more rejuvenation therapies starting to enter human trials, and the time is nigh to start preparing the public to think about aging very differently.
We are a strong voice for what our field is seeking to achieve, and we have done a lot in the nine years we have been operating. If you are curious about the many things we do as an organization, check out our ‘What we do’ page.
We would like to take this opportunity to thank our supporters, especially our monthly patrons, The Lifespan Heroes. We have made this short video to show how your donations are making a real difference.
If you would like to help our non-profit organization continue to grow and reach millions of people about the potential of rejuvenation research, please consider making a donation.
Keep on thinking with Life Noggin
We recently teamed up with Elevant to create a new episode of Life Noggin in which we explore what happens to our bodies as we age.
We would like to thank Elevant for sponsoring this video, and if you would like to sponsor a video yourself, please get in touch.
Rejuvenation Roadmap keeps on getting better
The Rejuvenation Roadmap, the database that tracks rejuvenation research progress, is growing!
We have been busy adding lots of new drugs and companies to the database to keep you up to speed on how close science is to solving aging. We have also added a new aging biomarker section to track aging biomarkers.
Keith Comito talks DeSci
The decentralized science (DeSci) movement is an important part of what we do. It has the potential to increase research funding, liberate scientific knowledge from silos, and cut out profit-motivated middlemen such as publishers that paywall scientific data.
Traditional funding systems tend to suffer from a risk aversion problem, only funding the “safer bets” in research and leaving more ambitious and riskier research to languish. DeSci is a way to potentially bypass this issue and get funds to potentially world-changing projects, including solving the biggest problem in human history: aging.
Lifespan.io President, Keith Comito, has been a strong advocate for the power of DeSci to boost progress in our field. He recently spoke at a conference hosted by the Gitcoin community, whose goal is to support the building of better tools to fund public goods such as health.
At the event, Keith talked about the “Proof of Philanthropy”, “BioAvatars”, and “Inverse Quadratic Funding” models, which have gained excitement and support in the funding Public Goods ecosystem. Keith is the creator of these models, which he hopes will inspire the community and help drive funding and progress in research.
The first video was a panel hosted by Keith that focused on the development of upgraded funding models and where he unveiled the ideas described above, which have been in development in the last few years (like the Dragon Tyrant Game and the Proof of Philanthropy approach, of which the Angel Protocol launch was a small component.
The second video from the conference saw people who received grants sharing their experiences.
We are big supporters of DeSci and believe that it could greatly speed up the pace of progress and free scientific research from the current systems holding it back.
Lifespan.io speaks at Longevity Nation
Chief Executive officer Stephanie Dainow recently gave a talk at the Longevity Nation conference in Israel. The two-day event was both virtual and in person at Bar Ilan University, in Ramat Gan, close to Tel Aviv.
During her talk, Stephanie showcased our organization and talked about the power of media and how it can change hearts and minds. An effective narrative is the key to advocating for longevity, and this is core to what we do as an organization. The talk explored how Lifespan.io is driving the narrative and engaging with different audiences and building a strong community.
This video is of the entire conference, though we have linked the part where Stephanie gives her talk.
Alexey Moskalev, Nir Barzilai, Aubrey de Grey, Fiona Miller, and Lisa Fabiny-Kiser were among some of the other speakers at the event.
Dr. Ilia Stambler, Chairman of the Vetek (Seniority) Association and the Longevity Nation conference organizing committee, had this to say about the goal of the conference.
This conference is not just a top-level scientific meeting, but also, and even mainly a longevity advocacy event. This conference is a revival of many advocacy efforts to advance research, development and education for healthy longevity. This is the first live conference that the Vetek association organized in over 3 years since the International Perspectives on Geroscience conference that we co-organized together with the NIH NIA in Weizmann Institute of Science in 2019.
Thus, this is a revival of our live outreach, large scale personal knowledge exchange and massive longevity community building in Israel. The very theme of the conference: “Enhancing research, development and education for healthy longevity” is a reminder about the program section under this title that was included, at the initiative of the Vetek Association, in the Israel National Master Plan on Aging, published by Knesset in 2019.
This conference is an effort to revive that program, to bring it again to the attention and hopefully also to the implementation of the decision makers. In fact, the resolutions that were adopted by the conference are a recapitulation of the recommendations made in that section of the Israel National Master Plan on Aging in support of “Research, Development and Education for Healthy Longevity and Prevention of Aging-related Disease”, such as enhancing funding, educational programs and metrics development.
We hope that thanks to this conference, thanks to the amazing demonstration of cooperation and support for the advancement of the longevity field, not just in Israel, but internationally, especially by our partners, such as the Department of Science, Technology and Society of Bar-Ilan University, Shlomo Tyran Foundation, Biogerontology Research Foundation, Aging Analytics Agency, International Longevity Alliance and others, we will succeed in reviving several earlier efforts and starting new efforts to further enhance the longevity advocacy initiatives in Israel and internationally.
Lifespan.io was pleased to be an official media partner of the conference, and we look forward to the next one!
Lifespan.io featured on Learning with Lowell
Stephanie Dainow recently appeared on the Learning with Lowell podcast to talk about her work and our organization. Hosted by Lowell Thompson, the show explores science, leadership, and the people behind it trying to change the world for the better.
We would like to thank Lowell for inviting Stephanie to participate in the show and look forward to working with him again in the future. If you would like more people to see this kind of content in the future, please watch and give it a like to boost the algorithm.
Save the date for Ending Age-Related Diseases 2023
On August 10-11, 2023, we will be holding our sixth annual Ending Age-Related Diseases conference to bring entrepreneurs and investors, pharma and biotech companies, researchers, and government organizations together.
Solving aging will need a coordinated industry working together to turn aging research into prescribable medicine. Lifespan.io is really helping to move things forward and is very much the focus of the conference.
Early bird tickets are available right now if you want to get in early and enjoy a lower price. This will be a hybrid event – both virtual and physical – taking place in New York City and online.
This year is going to be even bigger and better than previous years. We are aiming to really bring you something truly unique that goes beyond the typical things that other conferences do.
There will be highly interactive programming that encourages networking and public discussion. Industry leaders will share the latest in biomedical research as well as discuss investment, decentralized science, and regulatory matters.
We will have a lot more to say about that in the near future, so stay tuned!
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