‘Don’t say you are a longevity clinic if you aren’t’

Longevitytech.fund’s Petr Šrámek on why longevity clinic services must do more than just scratch the surface.

The recent shutdown of the NY longevity clinic Modern Age opened a discussion within a number of closed clinical communities about what a longevity clinic is – and what it isn’t. Modern Age claimed to provide a “Personalized approach to help people slow down aging, feel younger, and live longer.”

In fact, from what we understand, the clinic was offering wellness assessments, which included a bone density scan, a blood marker analysis, a subjective age assessment, and a diagnostic review with a clinician, followed by subsequent consultations to personalize an individual’s wellness goals. 

On the therapeutic side, they provided IV infusions to address certain issues, such as vitamin deficiencies in addition to aesthetic procedures.

But slowing down aging actually requires a long-term focus and much more than personalized IVs. The longevity medicine sector is evolving rapidly, and serious aging interventions can only be provided by a clinic that is fully absorbed within clinical research, and the wider longevity research fields. Clients will work out quickly if they’re not getting sound advice, and access to cheaper online solutions powered by AI will rise rapidly.

Simply put, it’s my opinion that most of the clinics styling themselves as “longevity clinics” have just rebranded and were formerly anti-aging, cosmetics, IV, and aesthetics clinics and providers. Another type of not actual “longevity” clinics can be former lifestyle medicine or prevention-only clinics. The word “longevity” is trendy.

Modern Age was an example of a clinic that was claiming to offer longevity services, burning through $33 million, and only offering lightweight treatments. The majority of Modern Age patients were women aged 35-45 whereas we are seeing patients across all age bands and genders. 

If our industry is looking to promote proper longevity clinics, we must see a true and complete dedication to providing an advanced and fully personalized therapeutic approach. This is obviously not easy as it requires a novel and well-educated type of MD and an enormous capability to assess the latest research for advanced biomarker evaluation. We expect there are just a few such clinics around the world at this time.

What customers should expect from a trustworthy longevity clinic:

  • The clinic team includes people from multidisciplinary areas of the longevity space, with a focus on translational science.
  • The clinic should actively participate in longevity clinical studies.
  • MDs must have long-term experience managing patients with functional and integrative medicine approaches, dealing with modulation of biological pathways related to the roots of different conditions, being educated on the theory and applications of other areas like OMICS, cell biology, nutrition, and physical activity prescription, while being committed to maintaining their studies, and being open-minded enough to change mindsets when science demonstrates new evidence. 
  • The main focus should be medical interventions to increase healthspan.
  • The clinic should not be dependent on and locked into a bunch of “magic” equipment solutions, but open to modifying its tools as better options with high safety and efficacy appear in the market.
  • The clinic should not offer quick fixes but rather long-term programs.

Given the high expectations set out, we cannot expect these services to be cheap, and while providing them will involve significant outlay and set-up, new clinics can use partnership services from existing clinics like ours, HealthyLongevity.clinic, to bridge themselves into growth.

In my opinion, other examples of proper longevity clinics include Human Longevity, Chi Longevity and Longevity Center, among others.

We are at a phase when there is an excellent opportunity to get it right. Industry standards are essential and needed, especially in terms of aging biomarkers, for our ability to claim that real aging interventions really work.

About Petr Šrámek

A serial tech entrepreneur, Petr is a founder and Managing Partner of LongevityTech.fund and CEO of HealthyLongevity.clinic. As well as a former Entrepreneur in Residence at Singularity University, Petr is a cofounder of the Longevityforum.eu, and sits on the boards of several biotech companies. He mentors longevity companies at Foresight Institute and Longevity Biotech Fellowship.