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Translating Aging Research – Ending Age-Related Diseases 2018 Panel


Today, we have another video from our Ending Age-Related Diseases 2018 conference, which was held earlier this year at the Cooper Union in New York City. The conference was designed to bring the worlds of research and investment together in one place and explore the progress and challenges that the industry faces in developing and funding therapies to end age-related disease.

This was the second panel during the conference and featured Dr. Aubrey de Grey of the SENS Research Foundation, Keith Comito of, Dr. James Peyer of Apollo Ventures, Dr. Mark Hammond of Deep Science Ventures, Joe Betts Lacroix of Y Combinator and Vium, Dr. Oliver Medvedik of and The Cooper Union, and Ramphis Castro of ScienceVest.

This video provides insight into the workings of investment and biotechnology funding and should hopefully prove of interest to some of our audience. The panelists discuss overcoming the bottlenecks in funding aging research and the role of venture philanthropy and family offices. In the investment world, family offices are private wealth management advisory firms that serve high-net-worth investors; essentially, they are powerhouses of investment funding. They are essentially the money behind the money in the pharmaceutical industry.

As with the other panels at the conference, there was a Q&A section at the end at which the audience asked the panelists questions. Dr. de Grey describes how hard it has been to get celebrities interested in the field in the last decade, and Keith Comito explains why LEAF’s collaborations on major Youtube videos are part of the plan to popularize the movement and hopefully bring in more celebrity support.

About the author

Steve Hill

Steve serves on the LEAF Board of Directors and is the Editor in Chief, coordinating the daily news articles and social media content of the organization. He is an active journalist in the aging research and biotechnology field and has to date written over 600 articles on the topic, interviewed over 100 of the leading researchers in the field, hosted livestream events focused on aging, as well as attending various medical industry conferences. His work has been featured in H+ magazine, Psychology Today, Singularity Weblog, Standpoint Magazine, Swiss Monthly, Keep me Prime, and New Economy Magazine. Steve is one of three recipients of the 2020 H+ Innovator Award and shares this honour with Mirko Ranieri – Google AR and Dinorah Delfin – Immortalists Magazine. The H+ Innovator Award looks into our community and acknowledges ideas and projects that encourage social change, achieve scientific accomplishments, technological advances, philosophical and intellectual visions, author unique narratives, build fascinating artistic ventures, and develop products that bridge gaps and help us to achieve transhumanist goals. Steve has a background in project management and administration which has helped him to build a united team for effective fundraising and content creation, while his additional knowledge of biology and statistical data analysis allows him to carefully assess and coordinate the scientific groups involved in the project.
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