The First Longevity Leaders Conference will be Held in London in 2019

The business community includes many supporting organizations that host conferences, cultivate professional networks, and analyze markets and businesses. The biotechnology industry is waking up to the potential of treating aging as a medical condition, particularly now that a sizable amount of venture funding is flowing to the development of the first rejuvenation therapies worthy of the name. The groups that run conferences and business networks are starting to play their part, such as LSX Leaders, a life science business network that is putting together the Longevity Leaders conference early next year. We should expect to see more conference series dedicated to this topic launching in the next few years if the present pace of growth keeps up.

The Longevity Leaders Conference is about both the science of longevity and the business of longevity. Its purpose is to connect the thought leaders, key opinion leaders, CEOs, innovators, and disruptors from the world of life sciences, technology, financial services, government and the investment community to discuss how the grand challenges of Longevity can be tackled, how the significant opportunities can be seized, and to forge the partnerships and relationships to succeed in this new age.

The themes in focus include: The future of the science of ageing, accelerating research and development to enable the eradication of age-related disease and cracking the code to treat ageing as a unitary disease. The future of care: what are the new business models and partnerships needed to support assisted living, the care homes of the future, domiciliary care, chronic care management and end of life care? Realising the potential of the longevity industry revolution: what are the business model innovations in research and development, care, consumer and financial services necessary to ensure success? Derisking longevity: how can companies and pension funds derisk from longevity? What are the best new ideas to manage longevity risk? The technology challenge: realising the potential of new connected and digital health possibilities and the power of artificial intelligence and blockchain to enhance and extend human health lifespans. The investment opportunity: how can investors reap the longevity dividend?

Revolutionary new developments in geroscience and biotechnology, the advent of personalised, precision, and preventative medicine and other disruptive technologies are all converging and conspiring to mean that extending lifespan and healthspan beyond 100 years will soon become the norm. There can be no doubt that the age of longevity is upon us, and it is up to us to tackle its grand challenges - from eradicating age-related disease, and perhaps ageing itself, to redefining the future of care, reimagining retirement living, derisking longevity in financial service industries and developing the commercial and business models that will lead to prosperity in this new age. Those who invest and develop the technology, products and solutions to meet these challenge stand to reap incredible dividends of the multi-trillion longevity industry that will disrupt traditional working norms, challenge virtually all businesses and transform society's structure.



I will be there on behalf of LEAF :)

Posted by: Steve Hill at November 8th, 2018 6:43 AM

It seems to be centered on the same marginally useful research than Jim Mellon's conference: geriatrics, big data, AI, personalized medicine, geroscience... and of course the actuarial financial crisis.

Posted by: Antonio at November 8th, 2018 7:09 AM

There was a post on the longevity conference in the UK a few back:

The large conservative media sites I follow had nothing on this conference. I challenge the organizers of these conferences to work the press releases to media harder. At this point, I hate to say it, but some entity within the extreme longevity community is going to hire a guerrilla marketing firm or team to raise the profile of the community. I'm posting links to where appropriate to Disqus regularly. Today, it was about the Dutch man who wants the courts to officially trim 20 years off his age, and I challenge all readers here to do the same (as if your life depended on it).

I challenge editor here to organize a set of spokespersons for the community that will do interviews on local and national radio and television - with the goal of a few of these to be the go-to source for interviews on the advances in longevity.

The community needs a YouTube channel, where research and advances can be announced, conference videos can be posted, interviews with luminaries can be shared and peoples hopes and dreams can be edited together into moving pieces - with go fund me adds for the above. I can help with editing (Vegas user).

Posted by: Tom Schaefer at November 8th, 2018 9:02 AM

One financial aspect is the pensions. And of course the negative view is taken that we would not be able to fund the pensions in the event that people live longer.

I am not convinced that it will even be an issue. Right now the economy is flying, and corporate earnings growth is probably as good as it has ever been. With the S&P500 earnings growing at something like 16% a year.

Assume a pension today is fully funded, with the actuaries of that pension plan projecting a rate of return of 6.5% a year. Logically there is some rate of return above 6.5% a year, that if it were sustained, the pensions could be funded indefinitely, even if the beneficiaries weren't dying.

The pessimistic view is that the low returns of the great recession era will become 'the new norm'. But there is another optimistic view. That with AI and growing automation generally, that economic growth and with it the return on investments will actually accelerate instead of declining.

Posted by: aa3 at November 8th, 2018 5:14 PM

They pension/retirement systems will need some rethinking. But if there people live longer and healthier lives they will be able to be productive for longer. Plain and simple. The public pensions will need rethinking, but don't forget that many people are at the peak of their incomes just before retiring. So many professionals will postpone retirement since they are doing so good. That would reduce the pension burden and increase the tax base. Many countries will raise the retirement age. Others will have inflation which will effectively reduce the monthly pay. Some retirees will want to supplement their incomes and work part time.
So, unless, there's some structural unemployment this is a straw man argument...
Besides, the transition will not happen overnight. There will be decades for our society to adapt.

Posted by: Cuberat at November 8th, 2018 6:52 PM

Btw, I expect at least one of these conferences to have interesting revelations on senolitics ..

Posted by: Cuberat at November 8th, 2018 7:02 PM

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