Why now?


We are at the cusp of a longevity industry revolution

Breakthrough scientific research and development is changing our understanding of ageing biology. These breakthroughs hold tremendous implications for how we think about disease and human health span. The first clinical trials in ageing science are underway, regulators are beginning to take notice and new investment partners are emerging.

With the Tech Revolution we are seeing the birth of a new trillion-dollar Age Tech industry. A new digitally-enabled longevity economy is driving development of better products and interest from potential corporate partners. The future of work, financial services, housing and built environments, mobility, leisure, health and care management are all presenting opportunities ripe for disruption.

At the heart of the longevity industry is the world of pensions risk. Life expectancy improvements are driving a thriving market in longevity swaps and bulk annuities with a defined benefits deficit of over £260bn in the UK alone. Pension schemes and insurers must find more effective strategies to hedge longevity risk, as well as preparing for the impact of improvements in health, care and medical intervention on future life expectancy.

If we are to rise to the challenges and fully realise the opportunities of longevity, all the stakeholders must build partnerships, share knowledge and come up with new commercial models across science, tech and finance. This is where to do it. 

The impact that COVID-19 is having on ageing populations around the world makes Longevity Leaders even more critical.

  • How can we better understand the biology of ageing to lower the risk of disease?
  • How can we ensure that people age healthily to minimise underlying conditions and susceptibility to new biological threats?
  • Can we capture the community spirit seen during times of crisis to reduce loneliness and isolation in good times?
  • How can actuarial science play a part in pandemic modelling?
  • What is the impact of COVID-19 on current longevity risk calculations?
  • How can we minimise risk to people’s pensions in times of global economic downturn?