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In the year ending November 2nd, 2020, will a funding round for a private company include a valuation in excess of $1bn for a company with a primary business focus of longevity?
Recently, it's become increasingly acknowledged that directly targeting the aging process, as opposed to individual aging-related diseases or symptoms, is a viable strategy (Magalhães et al., 2017). This is leading to R&D with the ultimate aim of commercializing therapies directed at slowing aging itself.
One of the more popular areas of research involves senolytics — a class of drugs that target and destroy aging (or senescent) cells. These drugs are in the early stages of development and might be approved by the FDA to be prescribed to target a specific condition or disease, and would carry the secondary impact of slowing down aging. Some, (notably, Unity Biotechnology, the startup with a valuation in excess off $200M) are betting large on the success of senolytics.
In the year ending November 2nd, 2020, will a funding round for a private company include a valuation in excess of 1bn in 2019 USD for a company with a primary business focus of longevity?
This question resolves positively if credible financial reporting indicates that a funding round for a private company include a valuation in excess of $1bn in 2019 USD for a with a primary business focus of longevity. Private funding rounds here refer to venture rounds, mezzanine finance rounds, seed rounds and angel rounds.
Companies are considered working on "longevity" if these are on AgingBiotech.Info's list and listed as "yes" or "only brain" in the "Is it aging?" column. If the list is for some reason no longer available, an admin should decide whether the company is primarily focussed on the research and development of longevity enhancing therapeutics.
Companies that were previously valued in excess $1bn that do not raise money in a private funding stage in the year ending November 2nd, 2020 do not count as qualifying companies for the purpose of this question.
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