Innovators and experts continue to shape the future of longevity

Dominika Wilczok reports on lifestyle interventions and the role of AI from Founders Longevity Forum in London.

As the discussions continued at today’s Founders Longevity Forum, attendees eagerly returned to their seats to hear from esteemed speakers Joanna Bensz, Amy Killen and Sara Pazin. The trio delved into the practical applications of longevity medicine, emphasizing the significance of lifestyle choices, mental health and clinical practice intricacies. Amy Killen stressed the importance of providing patients with early wins to maintain their engagement, while Joanna Bensz cautioned against overwhelming patients with too many interventions, which could counteract the goal of promoting longevity.

Phil Newman and Federico Luna drew the audience’s attention to the critical role of science communication, engaging the audience with a simple question: “Raise your hand if you’ve heard of XX.” Federico succinctly summed it up: “What use is your research if no one knows about it?”

The atmosphere shifted noticeably during the startup pitch session – given the forum’s mission to bridge connections between investors and CEOs, it was no surprise the room was filled to capacity. Eat your heart out Taylor Swift – Simon Sakhai, founder of Jung+, captivated the audience with his direct and spirited presentation, prompting a forest of smartphones in the air as people tried to capture the moment.

Bruno Balen offered a more reflective, grounding approach, introducing an algorithm focused on aging through microbiome insights. The founder of Ani Bio, which is fresh from its inaugural clinical trial, highlighted the intersection of aging hallmarks, microbiome research and AI.

Mattias Bernow, CEO of Cellcolabs, shared insights on the potential of stem cells, revealing that his open-source company has halved prices; he also highlighted the company’s impressive advisory board, noting that Cellcolabs is already marketing its industrially produced stem cells in five countries.

Under Tamsin Lewis’s moderation, Michael Geer and Bhuvan Srinivasan shared personal stories about fully embracing a longevity-focused lifestyle. They noted that a single 45-minute HIIT workout is insufficient if one sit glued to your desk for the rest of the day. The founders of Humanity Health emphasized that self-perception plays a crucial role – many app users do not see themselves as ‘fitness people’ and so struggle to engage with gamified longevity tools. Others with tech and gaming experience find it easier to embrace longevity tools.

However, diet, exercise, and healthy habits alone might not suffice for significantly extending lifespan. Jordan Shlain characterized these actions as tactics rather than a comprehensive longevity strategy. On a panel with Alex Zhavoronkov and Lara Lewington, Shlain suggested that AI-driven drug discovery, pharmacogenomics and big data might offer a solution. They emphasized the need for human proof-of-concept studies, clinical readouts and regulatory approvals to truly accelerate progress in the field.

As the morning sessions concluded, attendees headed for a well-deserved lunch break, hopefully free from ultra-processed foods – this is a longevity forum, after all!

Catch up with more proceedings from the day! Read PART ONE HERE and PART THREE HERE.

About Dominika Wilczok

With a background in using AI for early Alzheimer’s detection, advocating against ageism, and establishing an NGO centered around Healthy Longevity, for 5 years, Dominika has been working to close the healthspan-lifespan gap. Her current work encompasses longevity medicine, and AI-driven approaches to end aging, and you can watch her TEDX talk on longevity medicine, aging research and AI HERE.