The Swiss-based Longevity Science Foundation has announced its plans to commit more than US$1 billion in funding to blockchain and tech-based projects over the next 10 years to support research into extending the human lifespan to at least 120 years.
The projects funded will focus on advancing human longevity through the development of healthy medicines and tech. The foundation will zero in on four specific areas:
- Personalised medicine
- Artificial Intelligence (AI)
- Predictive diagnostics
Five-Year Target From Concept to Reality
The Longevity Science Foundation enables the rapid acceleration of basic science of human longevity and its translation towards human trials and clinical practice. In five years, healthy longevity will not only exist as a lab-proven concept, but will become part of everyone’s life.
Andrea B. Maier, member of the Visionary Board and co-director of the Centre for Healthy Longevity, National University of Singapore
The foundation will seek donations in cryptocurrencies and investors will earn decision-making power as to which projects receive funding.
Dr Alex Zhavoronkov, a Russian AI and ageing expert well-known for his work on longevity, will sit on the Visionary Board of the Foundation. He is also an adviser to Longenesis (a blockchain medical data marketplace, which partnered with the Bitfury Group to launch a blockchain-based content management system for the healthcare industry).
Other researchers on the board are Swiss-based internal medicine specialist Evelyne Bischof, German gerontologist Andrea B. Maier, Eric Verdin, a Belgian expert on ageing, metabolism, nutrition and epigenetics, and American biologist Matt Kaeberlein.
AI and the Blockchain Will Be Principal Research Tools
Through the foundation, world leaders in healthcare research will use AI and the blockchain to access a global database of hospital information for analysis.
Applying theoretical longevity concepts to real-world use is a primary goal for the foundation, which aims to transform technological advances into clinical treatments and solutions.
By identifying and funding the most promising and cutting-edge advances, the foundation seeks to address one of the most pressing issues in science … understanding longevity-focused treatment.
Longevity Science Foundation announcement
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