For Aubrey de Grey, the best known longevity thought leader and chief science officer of the Silicon Valley-based SENS Research Foundation, Covid-19 has made the case clear: we must make elderly people in our populations more resilient.
“It is completely unarguable that ageing is bad for you,” says Mr de Grey, a self-proclaimed provocateur and committed scientist. Almost mystical in appearance, he stands at the crossroads of the mainstream and peripheral – where the longevity sub-sector itself can also be found.
As his academic work and theories on ageing have increasingly become less fringe over the past decade, longevity has emerged as a potential ‘boom’ business. Starting in 2014, when Jason Hope asked Mr de Grey to take a project SENS was working on private, the non-profit research foundation has spun out longevity start-ups by bringing scientists together with angel investors.
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