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The revolutionary movement against biological aging and death

VitalisM is the movement against death and biological decline.
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Make it easy to be healthy

Let's flip the system from sick-care to healthcare. Through legislation, reform and innovation, any jurisdiction can be elevated to become a Longevity State.

Aging is the main problem, and we can fix it

Aging is by far the biggest problem preventing unlimited lifespans in peak health. The current effort to defeat aging is vastly underfunded. Vitalism's first milestone is for 1% of global GDP/year to go to the fight vs. aging and death.

We are moving too slowly on aging

Only ~0.1% of healthcare venture dollars go to longevity.
only thousands study the root cause of aging while hundreds of thousands study cancer alone.
Fighting the diseases of aging but not aging itself is futile since curing one such disease, or even all of them, will only extend lifespan by a handful of LOW-QUALITY years.
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Moonshots can work. We need one for aging.

The Apollo program is a good example of a moonshot. With its ~$25B (~$250B today) total budget, ~400K participants, materials, and regulatory needs, only a government could do it.
At its peak, the annual Apollo budget was ~$5.9B, representing 0.4% of US GDP.
As another example, The Human Genome Project, considered potentially impossible when started in 1990, successfully mapped most of the human genome by 2003 for a total cost of $2.7B.

Longevity States
can power moonshots

LONGEVITY STATE. n. A jurisdiction that prioritizes extending lifespans in optimal health.

Learn more about each and contribute to the advancement of Longevity States around the world.
density matters.

1,000 Vitalists in one place will spark a chain reaction

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Vitalism is accelerating a for-profit engine to fulfill the mission

We aim to inspire an ecosystem of self-identifying Vitalist ventures, such as a real estate ecosystem focused on health and longevity; a venture builder and accelerator, a venture fund, cutting edge concierge medicine and much more.

Such ventures, along with longevity-friendly policies, will create jobs and serve as a magnet for capital, talent and opportunity.

This will culminate in  an operating system for cities and states to offer optimal longevity and health.
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The State of Longevity

A conference to accelerate the longevity revolution.
Summer 2024
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A key secret:
It's possible to influence jurisdictions with small numbers

jurisdictions vary widely in terms of autonomy, governance, and Opportunity for impact.
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How much impact can one jurisdiction have?

A ton. For example, Rhode Island (RI) spends ~$700M a year on higher education, and States have raised such budgets by as much as 15% some years.

RI could raise its higher ed budget by 45% ($300M/year) over 4 years, focusing on aging R&D. Such an increase would equal the NIH's entire aging research budget.

And imagine 2 senators who insist on longevity friendly NIH and FDA mandates.

As another example, a Longevity State in Prospera, Honduras can reduce cost to market for medical interventions by as much as 90%.
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Our goal: 
For all to enjoy peak health, indefinitely.

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The time is ripe for Longevity

The science is clearer than ever, having enabled us to finally understand key aspects of aging at the molecular and cellular level. In that context, we can now extend maximum mice lifespans by ~40%. In parallel, an explosion of data and processing allows us to use vast amounts of data to extract critical insights.

Also, there is a growing public understanding that the costs of (sick)care don’t add up. We have spent untold billions to solve the diseases of aging with limited results.

On the wellness front, with social media and wearables amplifying a desire for youth, preventive and proactive health have boomed, minting new stars like Peter Attia and Andrew Huberman.

And since COVID, remote work has gone mainstream, and online communities for longevity make it easier than ever for the health-minded to coordinate.

Together, these factors are fertile ground for large groups of people to mobilize, both digitally and physically, and amplify a call for longevity.

We are on the cusp of an ethical revolution

The dominant but unspoken world philosophy is existential hedonism; the idea that the good life is finding what you love, self-actualizing through that, and rinsing and repeating till you die.

This philosophy is being questioned since it ignores new  realities and operates inside the box without probing the boundaries of the box itself.

With scientific progress, aging and death are increasingly perceived as technical problems and not a godly destiny.

In the context of substantial lifespan extension, a new philosophy will enshrine indefinite healthy life as core human right.
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Common Questions

What makes Vitalism different from other longevity initiatives?

We are the only organization focused on advocating for a comprehensive political revolution to drive resource re-allocation.

Why do we need this? Aren't longevity science & technology already on a path to success?

No. The resources dedicated to longevity today are a tiny fraction of what they could be, especially given the seriousness of the problem of aging. Also current initiatives, often even according to their creators, are not going to yield major lifespan gains.

Aren't Special Economic Zones and Charter Cities sufficient?

Special Economic Zones and Charter Cities are important for longevity, but they are also vulnerable to the arbitrary decisions of the greater jurisdictions in which they operate. Additionally, they are highly limited in their ability to impact education, State sourced funding and will not be able to delivery government-level resources to longevity.

I live outside the US/Europe? Can I still get involved?

Absolutely, we intend to establish Longevity States in every jurisdiction in the world.

Why not lobby and influence through traditional political campaigns?

We support lobbying as one of multiple measures. One challenge is that without a core and consistent voting constituency as well as concomitant economic interests, any political support may be ephemeral. Additionally, lobbying efforts are often only able to reach a small group of leaders and cannot effect deep and wide systemic change.

Don’t we have enough money for longevity? Capitalism will solve longevity!

No. Longevity only gets less than 1% of biotech venture capital despite aging being the primary driver of healthcare costs. For a problem of this magnitude, humanity should be dedicating 1% of global GDP (~$1 Trillion), which is around 1000x more than what is being invested in fighting aging today.

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