Biotech CEO, 45, to spend Rs 16 crore to ‘become 18-year-old’

Biotech CEO, 45, to spend Rs 16 crore to ‘become 18-year-old’

Bryan Johnson, CEO of California-based company Kernel, is on a mission to reverse ageing.

In a world obsessed with slowing down the biological clock, a 45-year-old biotech entrepreneur is pulling out all stops to turn it back several years.

Bryan Johnson, CEO of Los Angeles-based neurotechnology company Kernel, claims to have reduced his epigenetic age by 5.1 years after subjecting his body through a series of experiments called “Project Blueprint” for nearly two years.

According to Bloomberg, he’s working with a team of 30 doctors and health experts to reverse the ageing of each of his organs.

Johnson, who tracks his weight, body mass index, glucose, heart-rate variations and waking body temperature among other biomarkers on a daily basis, is set to spend around Rs 16 crore in 2023 alone to prove “self-harm and decay are not inevitable”.

“This year, he’s on track to spend at least $2 million on his body,” the report stated. “He wants to have the brain, heart, lungs, liver, kidneys, tendons, teeth, skin, hair, bladder, penis and rectum of an 18-year-old."

To achieve this, Blueprint requires Johnson to stick to a gruelling rigmarole of daily habits such as waking up at 5 am, consuming exactly 1,977 vegan calories per day and high-intensity exercises.

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He endures regular medical procedures — some of which can be pretty painful and extreme — and then evaluates the results with additional blood tests, ultrasounds, MRIs and colonoscopies.

The measurements of every last part of the 45-year-old CEO's body are on record, including over 33,000 photos of his bowels, the length of his eyelashes and the frequency of his nighttime erections — which is already comparable to that of a teenager.

Heading the Blueprint project is 29-year-old regenerative medicine physician Oliver Zolman, who uses his patient as a guinea pig in his longevity study aimed at proving people can be made younger.

“There is no person in the world who is 45 chronologically but 35 in every organ,” he told Bloomberg. “If we can eventually prove clinically and statistically that Bryan has made that change, then it will be such a large effect size that it will have to be causative of the intervention and beyond what’s genetically possible.”

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