Forever Young – Biotech Opportunities and Aging
Forever Young – Biotech Opportunities and Aging The dream of fending off old age is not new. Given the global aging of the population, developing interventions that preserve health in old age and postpone the onset of age-related diseases is more important than ever. Age-related conditions are the leading causes of death and health-care costs. It is now possible to retard aging in animal models. Various genetic, dietary, and pharmacological interventions have been shown to increase lifespan, in some cases dramatically (tenfold is the current record), in short-lived model organisms. Importantly, life-extending interventions not only increase longevity but can retard the onset of age-related diseases, resulting in the extension of healthspan (i.e., the length of time one lives in good health).Approaches to enhancing healthspan range from drug discovery efforts to big-data methods and direct-to-consumer (DTC) strategies. Challenges of commercialization include reliance on ﬁndings from short-lived model organisms, poor biological understanding of aging, and hurdles in performing clinical trials for aging. Yet if even one company succeeds, the social and financial impact will be huge.Join us for this exciting forum where we will review how entrepreneurs may approach the most promising advances in healthspan biotech, how entrepreneurs may approach these opportunities, the path to financing, and the resources in Southern California. Keynote Speakers: Professor Bruce HayDepartment of BiologyCaltechLlewellyn Cox, Ph.DCEOBioBuilt, Inc Speakers: Charles EmleySenior Advisor & Managing Director - Funds angelMD Ira MoskatelArnold & Porter Kaye Scholer LLP Producer/Moderator: Russ FrandsenAttorney at LawThe Business Legal Group Producer Julie-ann PinaManaging PartnerCFOrganizers Networking with refreshments from 8:00 - 9:00 AM / Program: 9:00 - 11:30 AMAdvance Ticket Sales: General Admission: $30.00 ($40.00 at door)Students: $20.00* ($25.00 at door)Caltech Students - No Charge* Advance Ticket Sales end on Friday, October 12th at 1:00 PM PST. *Current Valid ID required for all student admissions. Full admission price will be charged without ID. Encouraging the growth and success of technology-based entrepreneurial ventures in Southern CaliforniaFor more information on this event please visit our website.