Gene Therapies to Treat and Reverse Aging (Noah Davidsohn, Rejuvenate Bio)
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Dr. Noah Davidsohn, co-founder and CSO of Rejuvenate Bio, discusses the company's innovative work using gene therapies to treat age-related diseases in dogs and humans. In his conversation with host Chris Patil, he explains his recent groundbreaking study showing that partial cellular reprogramming with Yamanaka factors extended lifespan and healthspan in very old mice. Noah then outlines Rejuvenate's clinical pipeline, including targeting longevity pathways like FGF-21 for heart disease and combining TGF-beta inhibition with klotho for osteoarthritis. By choosing secreted factors deliverable with liver-targeted gene therapy, Rejuvenate hopes to circumvent delivery challenges. Noah conveys an inspiring vision of adding healthy years to dogs' and humans' lives. Key Topics Covered: Rejuvenate Bio's mission to reverse aging and age-related diseaseLifespan doubling in old mice with cyclic Yamanaka factor inductionControllable gene therapy system for in vivo partial reprogrammingChoice of FGF-21 for pleiotropic effects deliverable from liverLead programs for arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy and mitral valve diseaseAdvantages of treating age-related diseases first in dogsCombination gene therapy for osteoarthritis: TGF-beta and klothoSecreted proteins enable broad effects without broad deliveryVision of expanding healthspan by "squaring the curve"Potential to keep people healthy, active and productive to 100+
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