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Jamie Justice provides an update on XPRIZE Healthspan competition entrants

Already over 200 organisations have pre-registered - this is going to be exciting to follow


Yesterday, Jamie Justice, Executive Director, provided an update on the pre-registrations for the recently announced XPRIZE Healthspan competition. She was speaking at "Exploring the Frontiers of Ageing Research - the XPRIZE Challenge" - an event organised by Ageing Research at King’s (ARK).

To date, over 240 teams from over 40 countries have entered the $101 million competition which will ensure a wide range of approaches tested across diverse cohorts.

pre-registered teams for XPRIZE healthspan

Jamie also presented some early analysis of the therapeutic approaches the teams are taking. Most are looking to use a combination of interventions - so although the graph below shows 17% of entrants using lifestyle interventions, this is probably in tandem with a drug or similar therapy.  When the registration closes, more details will be released so we'll be able to see how many people are including popular age-slowing drugs such as rapamycin or metformin in their armoury.

therapeutic approaches for XPRIZE healthspan

There were lots of questions from the audience with honest answers where the subject was complicated, such as which biomarkers to use. The slide below shows the 3 key areas that the winner must address (to make sure the treatment is not targeting just a single age-related disease) along with various ways these could be measured. Final criteria will be confirmed nearer the time.

biomarker tests for XPRIZE healthspan

Because the XPRIZE is not just about funding, it also tries to drive the whole industry forward, so it was great to hear that all of the mandatory clinical trial results will be collated on a single platform and the raw data made available to other researchers (once the entrants have had time to publish related papers).

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Ageing Research at King's (ARK)

Consortium of investigators at King's College London.

Jamie Justice

Executive Director of XPRIZE Healthspan and Assistant Professor at Wake Forest University School of Medicine


Non-profit organization that designs and hosts public competitions intended to encourage technological development

XPRIZE Healthspan

7-year, $101 million global competition to revolutionize the way we approach human aging

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