Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin are about to change the world once again, but this time they intend to cure aging.
The billionaires recently dominated the headlines by announcing the founding of a new Google company by the name of Calico
, which is short for California Life Company. Calico will focus on the challenge of mitigating and curing aging along with the devastating diseases that now define what it is to grow old.
After making a robust investment of hundreds of millions of dollars into the new company, Google brought in the current Chairman of both Apple and Genetech, Arthur Levinson, to serve as Calico’s CEO. Levinson was formerly the CEO of the first true biotech firm, Genentech, which grew to be worth more than $100 billion.
was first to announce the founding of Calico. The magazine requested an exclusive commentary from the world’s foremost expert on Anti-Aging research, Aubrey de Grey, to publish alongside the announcement.
In the essay de Grey states, “With Google’s decision to direct its astronomical resources to a concerted assault on aging, that battle may have been transcended.”
Aubrey deGrey runs SENS Foundation, which is the most technically advanced non-profit research laboratory dedicated to anti-aging in the world. Driven by his personal commitment to end the ravages of aging, de Grey has donated over $10 million of his own money to the foundation.
Peter Thiel, the billionaire visionary first investor in Facebook and one of the founders of PayPal, was the first major donor to SENS. Thiel announced the initial donation of $3.5 million in 2006 and has been increasing his donations ever since as he continues to be a major financial supporter of the foundation. Evidenced by the movement of more billionaires and large companies into the stated area of curing aging, he is once again ahead of the curve. Another prominent visionary tech entrepreneur, Jason Hope, announced a $500,000 donation
to SENS at Thiel’s Breakthrough Philanthropy event in 2010. In the years since, Hope’s donations grew to match now those of Thiel.