Bob Nelsen and Anne Wojcicki join $ 20million funding round for longevity startup in hopes of slowing ovarian aging – Endpoints News

After helping spawn some of the early anti-aging upstarts, Bob Nelsen found another new idea to love in the burgeoning space.

The CEO of ARCH is part of a union that is donating $ 20 million in Series A money to Gameto, a New York-based biotechnology company whose stated mission is to reprogram ovarian cells to slow the aging process. ovary – which is very “accelerated” compared to other organs, according to the company.

Other investors include 23andMe founder Anne Wojcicki, Future Ventures, Bold Capital Partners, Lux Capital, Plum Alley, TA Ventures and Overwater Ventures.

“The ovaries age five times faster than other organs, resulting in infertility, early menopause and years of increased ill health for women,” CEO Dina Radenkovic said in a statement. “We want to change the narrative of women’s reproductive longevity and address the root causes of gender inequality in our society. “

Trained in the UK and US, Radenkovic was co-founder and CSO of a longevity clinic in London and spent the last year as a visiting scientist at the Buck Institute in California before joining Gameto in August. last.

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Building on initial research from the George Church lab, the company said its platform is built on three pillars: one to improve assisted fertility, another to kickstart drug discovery, and the last to “return the medical burden. of optional menopause ”.

Details are scarce, but in an interview with TechCrunch, Radenkovic noted that the company has started testing whether ovarian support cells can help eggs mature and reduce the number of IVF cycles.

The technology also has the potential to disrupt today’s treatment landscape, added Maryanna Saenko, co-founder of Future Ventures. Saenko described hormone replacement therapy as “blunt hammers, lacking in personalization.”

“The suffering caused by menopause is not a biological imperative,” she said, “and the many complications that accompany menopause, especially early menopause, can be avoided entirely.”

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