Milan Longevity Summit – what’s next?

Nicola Marino, Director of Aeon Foundation, reflects on Milan Longevity Summit’s achievements and impact and considers the next steps.

With the Milan Longevity Summit having come to a close, it’s time to reflect on its achievements and impact. Coordinated by Brain Circle and organized by the Aeon Foundation, among others, the Summit exceeded all expectations. But what were the key elements behind this success?

The collaboration and trust among participants were fundamental to the extraordinary results achieved. With over 2,000 web pages and more than 700 press, radio, and television publications highlighting the event, and 4,000 hours of streaming views, the Milan Longevity Summit reached a broad audience. This media coverage not only ensured the success of the event itself but also significantly increased public awareness of longevity in modern society.

The Summit served as a tremendous opportunity to strengthen the longevity community. It brought together leading scientists in the field, such as Luigi Ferrucci, Nir Barzilai, Anna Erat, Andrea Maier, Vittorio Sebastiano, Marco Quarta, and Chiara Herzog, and attracted a diverse group of stakeholders, CEOs, investors, and politicians. This variety of participants provided a comprehensive overview of the longevity sector and its economic and social implications.

However, the Milan Longevity Summit was not just an isolated event; it laid the foundation for ongoing efforts. The Aeon Foundation and BrainCircle have already begun preparations for next year’s edition, demonstrating their long-term commitment to promoting the field in Europe.

Following the conclusion of the event, the Aeon Foundation is now focusing its energy on new objectives, primarily organizing an extended parliamentary inquiry in Rome on the biomarkers of aging. The biomarkers are at the core of the field, and it’s crucial for institutions to begin understanding and considering them in future healthcare policy-making, always respecting advances in scientific research.

Moreover, the Foundation is actively preparing for the next European elections in June. It is urging and supporting numerous European parties from the 27 member countries to include longevity medicine in their electoral programs. Emphasizing this topic is critical at this time, as it would allow the issue to be prioritized in the next European legislature. Without such focus, there’s a risk that the topic will not be adequately addressed or will remain on the periphery of the now outdated ‘silver economy’ EU framework. Therefore, immediate action is essential on this front.

I felt the The Milan Longevity Summit was a pivotal moment in the discourse on longevity and well-being. Its success underscores the importance and urgency of addressing this challenge and establishing it as a new norm across all aspects of our society.

About Nicola Marino

With a medical-scientific background, Nicola conducts scientific research with the Swiss group Women’s Brain Project on emerging medical technologies, particularly AI algorithms, and in the fields of longevity and digital health. He is also a co-author of scientific publications on exponential technologies in medicine and data-driven precision medicine. Furthermore, Nicola is a speaker at international events, including two TEDx talks, Singularity University Chapter Rome, and the Florence Health Forum.

Since 2019, Nicola Marino has been a political consultant in digital health and longevity. In March 2020, Forbes Italia nominated Nicola among the Top 100 Under30, recognizing his research efforts to push surgical training towards a new paradigm driven by emerging technologies, decentralized and democratic.

He has served as a consultant for the company Health Catalyst and has been an advisor for the innovative startup incubator Digital Magics. Nicola is a member of the Scientific Committee of AiSDeT – the Italian Association for Digital Health and Telemedicine and Head of the Digital Health Department at the Consumerismo association.

Photographs courtesy of Milan Longevity Summit / Aeon Foundation