$100 Million Longevity Vision Fund Launches

A new fund to invest in companies working on aging recently launched, the $100 millions Longevity Vision Fund. From what has been said, and what was presented at the Longevity Leaders conference, it sounds very much as though the Longevity Vision Fund principals wish to follow in the footsteps of Juvenescence, with an initial focus on small molecule drug discovery infrastructure. Unlike Juvenescence, it will probably continue to focus on established infrastructure technologies related to age-related disease, such as diagnostics, and fairly safe work with modest benefits, such as stem cell therapies, rather than invest in any of the current attempts to produce rejuvenation therapies. Whether the strategy changes later, to shift to be more in line with the rhetoric on the fund website, remains to be seen. Such a shift looks somewhat unlikely based on what is said in the article here, though the details given at the conference were more nuanced.

Inspired by British billionaire Jim Mellon, chairman of anti-aging upstart biotech venture Juvenescence, Sergey Young unveiled a $100 million fund on Monday to catalyze the development of a comprehensive solution to counteract the damaging consequences of aging. The 47-year-old considers himself a product of Peter Diamandis - the man behind the non-profit XPRIZE and venture capital fund BOLD Capital Partners - and is in charge of all things longevity at both organizations. Like Mellon, who penned Juvenescence: Investing in the Age of Longevity prior to the launch of the company Juvenescence, Young is in the embryonic stage of writing his own book designed to decode the science of aging for the masses. Meanwhile, his $100 million Longevity Vision Fund will back organizations who are working on technology to reverse the aging process and prolong healthy human life.

"We are currently working on 6 deals ... and are looking at all the usual suspects in terms of themes." These areas include early detection of serious diseases using ultrasound technology; early diagnostics for heart, cancer, and neurodegenerative diseases; stem-cell and microbiome-based therapeutics; and big data as well as AI-based applications. Unsurprisingly, Young is in dialogue with Alex Zhavoronkov's AI shop at Insilico Medicine. Zhavoronkov has deep connections in the R&D space - last year he raised funds at the behest of Shanghai high-flyer WuXi AppTec, Singapore's Temasek, Peter Diamandis, and Juvenescence.

For long-time investor and venture capitalist Young, who has insight into the aging research and development effort within the US and to a lesser extent in the UK, China and India's sizable populations pose compelling prospects for deals for his fund. "In the next decade, advancements will allow us to be a lot more predictive and preventative in the most damaging diseases. I'm thinking AI-enabled medicine will empower doctors .. technological advances to improve sleeping and meditation will emerge - and these are an essential part of a healthy, long life, along with a plant-based diet."

Link: https://endpts.com/peter-diamandis-right-hand-man-sergey-young-wants-to-reverse-aging-via-his-100m-longevity-vision-fund/

Comments

Is this for real? or a pure pr stunt??

Why is the press release for this amazing new fund, touting an interest in investing in Insilico Medicine Inc., being ISSUED BY Insilico Medicine Inc.???

https://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2019-02/imi-lvf020119.php

I see only one person running the fund (Young), no investment partners or venture partners listed, and with absolutely no mention of any limited partners (with the exception of "cooperating" with BOLD Capital) or amounts of funds closed?

I smell something rotten

Posted by: James Bullock at February 7th, 2019 5:54 AM

I can see that Alex Zhavoronkov becomes a problem because their small molecule searching engine lures too much finances that can be put in real regenerative medicine

Posted by: Ariel at February 7th, 2019 6:18 AM

Inverters are ok with paying for R&D as long as it for applied science and can be monetized in a reasonable time frame. Unfortunately, v the two breakthroughs will come from the fundamental research. The latter is repulsive, risky and has unclear monetization paths.

When the first noon small molecules approach is proven to work the it will come into the realm of the applied and investible science.

I do hope OISIN'S effort bears fruits soon. Then suddenly, all of the SENS approaches will attract attention and money. And when the first therapy is near commercialization there will be good dish to invest in the field. With their corresponding books, manias, followed by busts and crashes. But the fundamental and souped research will be going on...

Posted by: Cuberat at February 7th, 2019 8:12 AM

How much of the 100 millions will go to SENS ? If not it would be a huge waste of money, like Calico.

Posted by: Jonathan Weaver at February 7th, 2019 9:46 AM

Aiming too low to be interesting :S

Posted by: Antonio at February 7th, 2019 10:04 AM

Maybe most of this money will be wasted, but at least it's not going into government bonds or real estate! Let's hope some of it finds a good home in the seeds of future therapies that will have a meaningful effect on aging.

Posted by: Mark at February 7th, 2019 11:09 AM

@Mark

As far as I see there is $0 so far

No mention of where the $$ comes from at all, except the veiled reference back to Diamandis

Phrases like "unveiled a $100 million fund" means nothing if there is no cash in it to invest yet

So for now it is smoke and mirrors of InSilico

Posted by: James Bullock at February 7th, 2019 11:21 AM

I am sure the small molecule approach is obsolete way, because of their small specificity and various side effects which come from intervening metabolizm . The future medicine will use cell, enzyme and gene therapy which remove metabolically inert damage .

Posted by: Ariel at February 7th, 2019 12:59 PM

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