Nathaniel David

What if we could eradicate the health problems that define old age?

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About Nathaniel David

Nathaniel "Ned" David is the CEO of UNITY Biotechnology, which he co-founded in 2011. Prior to UNITY, Ned co-founded four other biotechnology companies that together raised over $1.5 billion in financing, launched two FDA-approved medicines, and today employ over 400 scientists, engineers, and business people. Ned builds companies because he sees company creation as a means to create technologies that change the world. Ned was named one of the Top 100 innovators in the world under 35 by the MIT Technology Review. He holds a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley in Molecular and Cellular Biology and an AB in Biology from Harvard University.

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About This Idea

Imagine a future in which you age, but without the diseases your parents got. A future in which it doesn’t hurt to grow old. UNITY Biotechnology designs therapeutics that prevent, halt or reverse diseases of aging. Their focus is on creating senolytic medicines, which clear senescent cells selectively from the body. UNITY envisions a future in which people grow older without also growing sicker—a future in which people stay healthy and mobile long into old age.

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