Altos Labs is a biological reprogramming technology company that is attracting large investors like Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos and Russian-Israeli billionaire Yuri Milner.
Silicon Valley's race for immortality has long since started. I spoke to you long ago of the efforts of many Big Techs to invest in research on the prolongation of human life and health. And it seems that this Altos Labs are a pretty big bet. The company is currently attracting some of the best scientists in the world with big paychecks, promising to give them free rein on their anti-aging research.
Some of these are unorthodox visionaries, others even contested, like Juan Carlos Izpisúa Belmonte, eg. He is the biologist of the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California which caused a sensation in 2017 when the research began on the creation of a human / swine chimera. To reach the Altos Labs, however, there is also Shinya Yamanaka, Nobel laureate for his research on the reversal of aging in cells. He will be the chairman of the Altos Scientific Advisory Committee.
Immortality for billionaires
Biological reprogramming is a method of rejuvenating cells that could be the key to immortality. There are many reprogramming startups in the world, but none of them have the support that Altos Labs now boasts. Why them?
The economic aspect, however, helps but does not solve. As the saying goes, "No amount of money has ever bought a second of time". There is some added value in terms of research, obviously, even if at the moment the Altos Labs are a bit mysterious on the subject.
What will they do in there?
“The goal is to understand rejuvenation,” he says Manuel Serrano, former researcher at the Biomedicine Research Institute in Spain. Like some of his peers, Serrano was drawn to Altos Labs after they offered to pay him
five to ten times what he currently earns.
Do they already have a solution of some kind? Do they plan big profits in the short term? "I would say that the idea of having income in the future is there," says Serrano, "but it is not the immediate goal." So why these massive investments? Gombloddo?
The reason Altos Labs are funded seems simple: people don't want to die (including billionaires). Whether they get there, and how they'll get there. These are the real question marks at the moment.