Vitalia pop-up city aims to redefine the longevity biotech landscape

New venture in Roatán, Honduras seeks to create a longevity network society built around ‘making death optional’.

Vitalia is a new venture that aims to redefine the longevity biotech landscape, fostering superfast drug development – 4 months to get to market, instead of the usual decade or more.

Longevity.Technology: Kicking off in the New Year on 6th January, Vitalia will host a two-month pop-up city experience, similar to Zuzalu by Vitalik Buterin. Running until 1st March, the event will take place on the Caribbean island of Roatán, Honduras, and is expecting more than 200 people from all over the world who will form a community, a longevity network and a multi-jurisdiction society. The long-term goal is to create a permanent district on Roatán from which members can seed new locations for more self-governing cities.

Vitalia 2024 is structured to accelerate progress in extending healthy human lifespan, and sees itself as the foundation for a permanent longevity district on Roatán. The community aims to build three to five such lasting hubs globally, with tens of thousands of residents comprising both locals and internationals, and all coordinated by a cloud community.

Like Zuzalu, the strategy for Vitalia was inspired by Balaji Srinivasan’s idea of The Network State, and the organisers see it as a moonshot – and one that is necessary to make longevity escape velocity a reality in our lifetime. The plan is to achieve this via the creation of an environment in which thousands of biotech companies can scale and accelerate.

While there will be plenty of intellectual exploration at Vitalia 2024, the organisers have a wider outlook, seeing it as a call to action. Residents are called ‘builders’, and are encouraged to set ambitious goals, and build new ventures. Regular pitch competitions, crowdfunding and legal advice will help the builders get started building the next blockbuster drug, new insurance models or healthcare practices.

How will it work?

The upcoming event is structured around four fortnightly themes:

  • Longevity & Human Improvement – an introduction to longevity as a concept linked with all aspects of human improvement, this theme will explore bioscience, business models, healthcare economics & regulation, and ethics to inspire life-saving innovations.
  • Crypto Cities & Network States – these two weeks will exploring the societal impact of crypto technology by examining shifts in governance, economies and communities. The theme will be focused on real-world challenges and inspire participants to develop practical solutions.
  • AI & Technological Progress – a deep dive into AI’s potential for solving problems of modern life and in nearly all areas of industry. Focusing on the broader implications of technology, this theme will aim to synthesize discussions from previous weeks towards future-oriented solutions.
  • Pathways to Healthy Life Extension – the last theme of the pop-up will present solutions for healthy life extension by collaborating with the broader aging research and longevity biotech industry; there will also be opportunities to showcase the concrete outcomes and projects that emerged during Vitalia.  

Why Roatán?

Próspera, a Special Economic Zone on Roatán, was strategically chosen by the Vitalia team due to its progressive legal framework, which allows for medical freedom and fosters an environment conducive to innovation with entrepreneurship.

The island of Roatán is famed for its world-class coral reef and is gaining popularity as international tourist destination. Roatán has also played host to biotech Minicircle, which conducted clinical studies on the island under an IRB by the stem cell clinic GARM Clinic; Minicircle made the news when it treated longevity super-influencer and biohacker Bryan Johnson with follistatin gene therapy.

Open invitation and application process

Vitalia 2024 extends an open invitation to individuals passionate about shaping the future of longevity. There are few spots left, and early bird prices end on 5th December, so applicants are highly encouraged to apply swiftly – FIND OUT MORE HERE.

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