The First Biotechnology Company That Measures Telomeres
Life Length, S.L.
– Dr. Blasco Has Developed the Most Precise Method to Measure Telomeres
Which are key to Determine Biological age With Far-Reaching Applications in
Medicine and Biotechnology
Life Length, S.L. is a new biotechnology company set up to measure the
length of telomeres which form caps at the end of chromosomes and that have a
fundamental role in avoiding the break down and the aging of cells and
organisms. The breakthroughs that Dr.
National Cancer Research Centre (Centro Nacional de Investigaciones
Oncologicas, or CNIO) in
company. Telomeres are the best known measure of biological, as opposed to
chronological, age and are potential indicators of the state of health of an
Life Length, S.L. has been established to commercially exploit telomere
length measuring techniques (initially as indicators of biological age),
providing them to the pharmaceutical industry, hospitals and clinics, as well
as other research laboratories interested in the measurement of telomeres.
The founding capital of Life Length, S.L. has been provided by Dr.
Blasco, the Botin Foundation and Matlin Associates, a corporate finance and
strategic consulting firm that will manage the company until new partners are
The importance of telomeres was recognized in last year’s Nobel Prize in
Physiology and Medicine. Studies with genetically modified mice from
the regenerative capacity of tissues and organs to the extent that when their
length is cut back below a critical point, the organism begins to age. The
technique developed by Dr. Blasco and the CNIO team measures short telomeres
with superior precision to other known techniques.
Dr. Blasco was awarded this year’s “
Research Prize, as well as the Pre-Clinical Research Prize of the Lilly
Foundation. In the past, she has also been awarded the Gold Medal of the
European Organization of Molecular Biology (EMBO), the Korber Prize of
European Science, the Josef Steiner Prize of Cancer Research, the King Jaime
I Prize for Basic Research and the Carmen and Severo Ochoa Prize, amongst
Life Length, S.L.: http://www.lifelength.com For more information: Jaime de Pinies, Pinies & Aguilar Asociados +34-91-183-2101; firstname.lastname@example.org
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