"Age defiance is a staggeringly lucrative industry. Last year the global anti-ageing market generated more than $280 billion. By 2018 it will hit $400 billion. A new tribe is taking advantage of sophisticated scientific breakthroughs... this appears to be only the beginning of the new age of ageing. It’s little wonder that the latest venture from Google, the most successful innovator on the planet, is ageing-related. Mere cosmetic enhancements are child’s play to Google, which is on an altogether more ambitious trajectory...
Larry Ellison, CEO of the computer tech company Oracle and the fifth wealthiest man in the world, according to Forbes magazine, is the money behind the Ellison Medical Foundation, an anti-ageing biomedical research centre. The Californian venture capitalist Paul F. Glenn has endowed hundreds of millions to life-expansion research at Ivy League institutions such as Harvard, Princeton, MIT and Stanford. Peter Thiel, co-founder of PayPal and a Facebook board member, is a supporter of SENS, a research foundation specialising in rejuvenation treatments.
SENS is run by Aubrey de Grey, a British gerontologist who believes that the first person to live to 150 is already alive today – a view shared by federal treasurer Joe Hockey, who was ridiculed recently for making this exact claim while arguing the case for budget cuts.
“Rejuvenation biotechnologies are, very simply, medicines that restore the structure of the body to how it was in early adulthood, and thereby restore it to maximum physical and mental performance,” explains de Grey, who also co-founded the Methuselah – a foundation whose aim, through tissue engineering and regenerative medicine, is to create a world by 2030 in which 90-year-olds can be as healthy as 50-year-olds. “By restoring the molecular and cellular structure of the body to that of a young adult, we will necessarily restore its function, too, which constitutes reversing ageing. Thus, people will remain truly healthy for longer, postponing the ill health that inescapably accompanies old age today.”"