Ending Age-Related Diseases 2019 is over, and the dust is starting to settle after what can only be described as a hugely successful event for our organization. This was our second year of running a conference, and once more, we focused on the research and investment areas of rejuvenation biotechnology.
Totally sold out
We wish to congratulate Board Director Elena Milova the coordinator of the conference and her team for making the event hugely successful. In fact, this year was so successful, our venue at the Frederick P. Rose Auditorium at the Cooper Union in New York City was so popular that we totally sold out of tickets this year and had to turn people away! Our advice for next year is definitely to book early to avoid disappointment and take advantage of the lower prices that early booking offers.
This means that we will be looking at a larger venue for next year’s event to make sure that everyone can get a place and that we can continue growing the event, making it the largest rejuvenation biotechnology conference on the East Coast. We are currently considering a list of alternative venues in New York and will keep you posted on developments.
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Completely filling the venue is great news, and it really highlights the growing awareness and support for the field, which is a stark contrast to the situation only four years ago. As therapies are now starting to reach human trials and the snake oil of the past has been superseded by the real possibility of actual anti-aging therapies, things are really starting to develop, and a true industry is starting to form.
More and more investors are starting to get involved as things get more serious and ending age-related diseases becomes a realistic goal. This increased interest by investors was a major reason that we decided to start this conference series with the goal of bringing investors and researchers together. In this very new industry, there are many projects, some of which are not optimal or useful, and it is our hope that events like this can help guide investors towards the most promising companies and projects.
This year was a big step up in terms of scale and ambition for us, as we moved from a single-day format to a two-day event that was absolutely packed with speakers and discussion panels. We had double the amount of speakers this time, going from 16 in 2018 to 32 this year, making this a really intense information-packed event that covered the latest in biotech research, investment guidance, and the business of biotechnology focused on aging.
Thankfully, there were plenty of coffee breaks and healthy lunches on hand to keep people going for what were long and information-dense days covering the latest in biotech research, investment guidance, and the business of biotechnology focused on aging. No surprise given that we had a great lineup of speakers, including Dr. Aubrey de Grey, Dr. Maria Blasco, Dr. Ronald Kohanski, Dr. Vadim Gladyshev, Dr. Vera Gorbunova, Dr. Greg Fahy, and Dr. Michael West.
On a related note, we are often asked if we will run a conference on the West Coast of the United States as a counterpart of our East Coast one. While we currently have no concrete plans, it is something that we have discussed and are considering for the future. Our immediate goal right now is to grow the organization and our New York conference, which will then allow us to expand and consider going bi-coastal in the future.
A great time was had by all
We had an amazing range of guests who came to join us from not just the United States but from all over the world. We had people from the pharmaceutical industry, investors and biotech VCs, researchers, enthusiasts, and several of the Lifespan Heroes, our monthly patrons, also made the journey. Here is what some of our guests and speakers had to say about the event.
LEAF has become one of the world’s most important forces in spearheading the crusade to bring aging to an end. Their advocacy work continues to gain prominence, and with their series of New York conferences, they are now bringing the most cutting-edge scientific advances to a general audience. These fantastic events are an invaluable US counterpart to the ones that SENS Research Foundation runs in Berlin, and they are making a great contribution to the anti-aging crusade.
– Dr. Aubrey de Grey, SENS Research Foundation
I can’t think of a better way for a venue to accelerate breakthroughs in human longevity than to put leading scientists and investors in the same room. The scientists get to directly meet investors and learn about the present and future funding landscape, while the investors get to meet key scientists and keep on top of the state of the art in the field of longevity research.
– Dr. Oliver Medvedik, Kanbar Center for Biomedical Engineering
Because of the nature of my work I get to go to several international conferences every year. I attended the Ending Age-Related Disease conference in NY this year and it is now at the top of my list. A perfect sized event with exceptional speakers and flawlessly ran, ideal for learning the latest in the Longevity field, both on the scientific and investment side of things. Also, great for networking and connecting with fellow longevitists. Well done Lifespan team!
– Maria Entraigues, SENS Research Foundation
I’m grateful that there are a growing number of people that are interested in studying and conquering aging and age-related diseases!
– Professor Michael Lustgarten, Tufts University
The Life Extension Advocacy Foundation volunteers once again put on a great conference in Manhattan, attracting some of the most influential researchers, investors, and entrepreneurs involved in the new and growing field of human rejuvenation. The event was characterized by extremely interesting presentations, ideas, and new data from work in progress in labs and companies. These are exciting times, and Ending Age-Related Diseases is a conference series well worth adding to your conference schedule.
– Reason, Repair Biotechnologies
Videos from the conference will be coming soon
We had plenty of helping hands during the event, as several volunteers and our own staff members were on site making sure that everything ran as smoothly as possible, and we think they all did a wonderful job! One of our volunteers really did go the extra mile and came all the way from the UK to be there and help out.
I came to the conference from the UK, and despite a long flight, I can say that it was worth it. The things discussed in the conference were incredible – I had always thought that some of the things that were discussed during the conference were years, if not decades away (and that’s coming from a Lifespan volunteer!). At times, it’s genuinely hard to resist the temptation to talk to people about the content – It’s definitely an experience I will never forget.
– Patrick Deane, LEAF Volunteer
Don’t worry, Patrick; the good news is we recorded the entire event and will be releasing most of the talks, panels, and interviews from the event in the next few months, so you will be able to talk about it with other people then. As per last year, we will be giving the Lifespan Heroes early access to the videos, followed by a public release shortly after, so keep an eye on our news section for these video releases.
Thank you to everyone who helped make this event amazing
We would like to offer our sincere and heartfelt thanks to the wonderful speakers who joined us and helped to make this a truly exciting conference. We had the fortune to have some of the leading minds in the field with us, and it was great to showcase their important work and support the drive to end age-related diseases.
We would like to thank our sponsors for their support, particularly Dr. Kelsey Moody from Ichor Therapeutics, who not only sponsored the event but also kindly led the biotech startup workshop the day before and donated all proceeds to support our work.
Special thanks to our team of on-site volunteers and staff members who ensured that everything went smoothly. Last but not least, we would like to thank everyone who attended the event and helped to make it a huge success. We look forward to seeing you all next year, so stay tuned for an announcement about Ending Age-Related Diseases 2020 in the near future.