Enough funding is now flowing into the clinical development of therapies to slow or reverse aging to ensure that the analysis and white paper industry has started to pay attention. Their efforts are one of the ways in which ideas move through the business community; market analyst organizations play a role somewhat analogous to that of media outlets. Their job is to inform, some are highly opinionated, and their efforts can cause some ideas to be taken more seriously than others.
That analysts are producing materials such as the example noted here is a sign that greater investment in this field is ahead. That said, it remains the case that, absent better guidance, new funding may largely support low-yield efforts that can only modestly slow aging, such as calorie restriction mimetic development, rather than high-yield efforts involving forms of rejuvenation therapy. Providing that guidance is an important function of our advocacy community, as outsiders typically find it challenging to tell the difference between better and worse approaches to the treatment of aging as a medical condition.
Senolytics. Blood transfusions. Placenta stem cells. These are just some of the innovative ways that startups are tackling mortality and increasing the human lifespan. How can we live longer? How do we become healthy enough so that we can extend our lifespans by 5, 10, or even 50 extra years? And it's not just about living longer, but also feeling younger. For example, what if you could feel 25 at the age of 75? These are the big questions that scientists have been trying to answer for decades, with few answers.
Understanding how we age on a physiological level is an incredibly complex topic. It shares many of the cellular and molecular processes that underlie age-related diseases like cancer or Alzheimer's, which continue to elude us in their pathology. While aging itself isn't a treatable disorder or condition, companies and researchers focused on longevity are looking at bodily processes at the cellular level to see how aging progresses and trying to find the right drugs, treatments, and vitamins that might slow these processes down. And as a result, we may discover the key to longevity, or living a longer life.
For instance, a new class of drugs known as "senolytics" are now being touted as the next big thing in anti-aging research for getting rid of decrepit (but harmful) cells that stop dividing as we age, known as senescent cells. And it's not just the biotech or pharma companies looking to combat mortality with novel drug therapies. Wellness companies are developing daily supplements that claim to prolong your lifespan. And some startups are even offering blood transfusions from younger individuals for a "rejuvenating" effect.
In this report, we explore the current landscape of initiatives that aim to slow down the aging process, and in turn, reduce the likelihood of several diseases. We look at how these initiatives could promote longevity and what this market looks like for both investors and consumers.