A new American company with billionaire partners like Jeff Bezos, founder of Amazon, and Yuri Milner, one of the world’s largest technology investors, is searching for the recipe for eternal life.
This was revealed by the magazine Technology Review of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT, in its acronym in English), in a publication in which he detailed part of the team of scientists that Bezos and Milner have recruited for this new company, called Altos Labs.
Among them are the Spanish scientists Manuel Serrano, from the Barcelona Institute for Biomedical Research, and Juan Carlos Izpisúa, a biologist from the Salk Institute, in La Jolla (California, USA).
Speaking to the MIT magazine, Serrano explained that joining a private company gives him the freedom to “be bold and explore” thanks to research “driven by curiosity.”
“I would say that the idea of having income in the future is there, but it is not the immediate objective. The objective is to understand rejuvenation,” Serrano reflected.
Mix of human and monkey embryos
On the other hand, the publication highlighted that Izpisúa has gained notoriety in the field of rejuvenation research after predicting that the life expectancy of human beings could increase by 50 years thanks to the mixture of human and monkey embryos. This project has been joined by Professor Steve Horvath at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), who developed a “biological clock” that can accurately measure human aging.
One of the 2012 Nobel Prize winners in Medicine, Shinya Yamanka, will chair the company’s scientific advisory board.
In addition to its US operations, Altos Labs plans to open several research centers in Japan and the UK, according to the magazine, citing sources close to the company’s management.
The article in the prestigious magazine says that a large group of scientists met in October 2020 at Milner’s mansion in Los Altos Hills, California, to discuss how biotechnology could rejuvenate people.
Biological reprogramming of cells
That was the start of Altos Labs, which is now using biological reprogramming technology, a way to rejuvenate cells in the laboratory, to try to rejuvenate entire bodies of animals and, ultimately, humans.
The MIT publication also reported that the company has been able to raise financing worth $ 270 million in recent months, according to official documents from the states of California and Delaware.
This effort promoted by Bezos and Milner is reminiscent in the sector of the American company Calico Labs, created in 2013 by the founder of Google, Larry Page, with the same objective.