In 2014, Joon Yun, founder of the Palo Alto Institute in California, announced the $1 million Palo Alto Longevity Prize. Its goal: to “hack the code” of aging.
On September 9, 2014, we announced the Palo Alto Prize, a $1M initiative to foster innovations that will ultimately help people live significantly healthier and longer lives as a result of better health. The initiative was designed to have two parts, a $500,000 Longevity Demonstration Prize and a $500,000 Homeostatic Capacity Prize.
It’s a pursuit that seems more like the plot of a science fiction movie than an actual goal of serious researchers around the world. But a number of scientists are fiercely working toward what was once only attainable in fables and fairy tales: they want to end aging.
Scientists are pushing to extend our lifespans. But are we ready to fill all those added days?
Fixing the ‘problem’ of aging is the mission of Silicon Valley, where billions are pouring into biotech firms working to ‘hack the code’ of life – despite concerns about the social implications.
“Every day 150,000 people die worldwide and the majority of them (are) due to age-related illness,” Yun, 46, said while seated in the boardroom of Palo Alto Investors LLC, an investment management company of which he is president. “We’ve got the technology to hack the aging code and end aging. Question is not ‘if’ but […]
The billionaires of Silicon Valley have a new objective: to double our lifespans and combat ailments such as Parkinson’s and cancer. We’re talking about stem cells, genetics, viruses and nanorobots with investors and scientists who lead the search for the elixir of youth.
$1 million dollars to break the aging process. That – and hopefully a longer life – is what is at stake when researchers around the world compete for the Palo Alto Longevity Prize. SvD met the people who search for the source of youth.
Dr. Joon Yun, the persuasive founder of the Palo Alto Longevity Prize, aims to enlist the brightest scientific minds in the world to address the fundamental question of how to prevent aging.
David Mendelowitz is competing for the $1 million Palo Alto Longevity Prize.