The Economist Events Hosts “The Business of Longevity: Innovation for an ageing world”

Global experts to gather in San Francisco on December 7, 2016, to discuss opportunities and innovations in ageing and longevity

SAN FRANCISCO--()--The Economist Events will bring together leading minds in innovation, healthcare, investment, technology, science, and policymaking, to discuss growing opportunities in ageing and longevity on December 7, 2016, in San Francisco. Called “The Business of Longevity: Innovation for an ageing world,” the event will look at the driving forces behind new business opportunities.

Growth in life expectancy, especially in countries with strong economies, is creating new business opportunities focused on the rapidly growing and lucrative ageing market. According to the World Economic Forum, by next year around 70 percent of disposable income in the U.S. will be held by people over 60. In addition, analysts expect breakthrough technologies, innovative services, and disruptive business models to generate $30 billion over the next five years.

“Longevity presents a massive growth opportunity for companies, however, questions remain about how to transform the traditionally altruistic field of ageing and care into commercially successful business models,” said Leila Berkeley, senior vice president, The Economist Events. “We are proud to be offering experts from a range of disciplines to speak to the opportunities within this growing market.”

Confirmed speakers to date include:

-Brian K. Kennedy, President and chief executive, Buck Institute for Research on Aging
-Busy Burr, Vice president of innovation and head, Humana Health Ventures
-Carlos Javier Regazzoni, Executive director, National Institute of Social Services for Retirees and Pensioners, Argentina (INSSJP)
-Chip Conley, Global head of hospitality, Airbnb
-David Lindeman, Director, Center for Technology and Aging
-David Sabow, Head of life science and healthcare banking, Silicon Valley Bank
-Emily Melton, Partner, DFJ
-Esther Dyson, Executive founder, Way to Wellville
-Frank Leyhausen, General manager, MedComInternational (German Seniors League)
-J. Craig Venter, Co-founder, executive chairman and chief executive, Human Longevity Inc.
-Jacquelyn B. James, Co-director, Center on Aging & Work at Boston College
-James Firman, President and chief executive, National Coalition on Aging
-Joon Yun, Managing partner and president, Palo Alto Investors
-Kimberley O’Loughlin, Senior vice president and general manager, Philips Home
-Laura Carstensen, Director, Stanford Center on Longevity
-Laura Deming, Partner, The Longevity Fund
-Lisa Suennen, Managing partner, Venture Valkyrie
-Luciana Borio, Chief scientist (acting), US Food and Drug Administration
-Margaret Hamburg, Foreign secretary, National Academy of Medicine
-Matt Kaeberlein, Professor of Pathology and Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences, University of Washington
-Nick Cherney, Head of exchange traded products, Janus
-Nir Barzilai, Professor of Medicine and Genetics and director of the Institute for Aging Research, Albert Einstein College of Medicine
-Paul H. Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Centre for the Future of Aging
-R. Dale Hall, Managing director of research, Society of Actuaries
-Rakesh Koshar, Associate director, Pew Research Center
-Randy Swanson, Chief executive, Care Innovations
-Roberto Bernabei, President, Italia Longeva
-Sonya Kim, Founder and chief executive, One Caring Team
-Thomas Goetz, Chief executive and co-founder, Iodine

For more information on the event or to register for the conference, please visit and join us on Twitter at #EconLongevity. The event is open to the media – please contact Peter Lo (information below) for media registration details.

Prudential is the event’s founding sponsor and AARP is a gold sponsor. The event’s PR agency is Zeno Group.

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for The Economist Events
Peter Lo, (650) 801-0933