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Longevity as a Bold Business

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One of the hotter sectors in the economy for many years has been the health and wellness sector–rebounding off the pandemic, wellness tourism and travel has skyrocketed. But beyond these trends is one that is perhaps even stronger: many are looking to live longer and healthier lives, and as a result, the anti-aging market is booming. Attention to longevity and anti-aging trends appeal to everyone, but not everyone is able to afford these pursuits. And for companies involved on longevity and wellness, the focus has been increasingly on the wealthier segment of the population. Despite economic downturns and inflation, these moves have proven to be quite lucrative for many anti-aging offerings.

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Anti-aging trends show there’s big business is staying alive longer.

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As a bold business, being in the longevity and anti-aging market is capitalizing on a number of advances. Several startups in the field are leveraging the latest in cellular research to promote longer and healthier lives. At the same time, wellness offerings spill over into a variety of luxury-based experienced ranging from aesthetics to pampered indulgences. And research related to nutrition is also playing a major part in new anti-aging trends. Given the number of new services and products in this sector, it seems the longevity business is here to stay. But unless the high price tags associated with these offerings decrease, it won’t be something for all.

The Luxury and Longevity Crossroads

When it comes to the anti-aging market, options tend to be far from affordable. In total, the wellness industry generates $500 billion in revenues annually in the U.S. Worldwide, this figure exceeds $2 trillion each year. Interestingly, countries in North America spend much more than other regions according to anti-aging trends. The per capita spending on wellness in the U.S. and Canada is over $5,100 while in Europe this figure drops to less than $1,600. Much of the difference is not just attitudes about longevity and wellness but the actual services available. And the costs associated with many anti-aging services fall into the luxury segment costing thousands of dollars. This certainly skews the figures regionally as a result.

Since the pandemic, the migration of the anti-aging market toward the luxury sector has been profound. This is evident in some of the costs associated with wellness and longevity services in the U.S. For example, Equinox is one of the premier wellness gyms in the country. It now offers a longevity add-on package worth $40,000 yearly for individuals. This includes a variety of services including individualized training, nutrition plans, sleep coaching, and therapeutic massage. Other luxury anti-aging trends include retreats costing $69,000 for psychedelic treatments. It also involves 1-hour sessions of stem cell treatments at a price tag of $12,000. In a down economic season, the wealthy are those most capable of affording such indulgences. And the anti-aging market is targeting these individuals as a result.

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Companies who focus on growing old are growing rich.

More Than a “Feel-Good” Obsession

There’s no question that anti-aging trends have moved into the luxury wellness sector. And it’s also apparent that the costs of many longevity services are prohibitive to many. In this regard, they do offer opportunities for exclusive contact among the wealthy and the famous. But this is not the primary incentive for the current anti-aging trends. In fact, increasing research into longevity and aging is driving many of these longevity offerings. The use of psychedelics and stem cells for example are well supported by clinical and laboratory studies. Likewise, advanced knowledge concerning nutrition and its effect on the aging and the microbiome exists to guide some care. While Gucci sleep trackers and posh wellness hotels make up some longevity experiences, others are objectively supported through science. Thus, it’s not surprising that many startups in the anti-aging market are making headlines and gaining support.

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Many biotechnology startups have emerged as attractive investment opportunities as of late. Altos Labs is one such company that’s pursuing enhanced cellular health to deter aging and increase human longevity. Specifically, the company is studying ways to promote cellular rejuvenation so that greater resilience and wellness occur. Unity Biotechnology is another startup in the anti-aging market sector. It too is focused on cellular research but more from the perspective of senescent cells and their healing. Lastly, Retro Biosciences joins these cellular anti-aging trends but hopes to achieve wellness through T-cell regeneration. Each of these longevity startups are earning financial support through some high-profile capitalists. Here too, the anti-aging game appears to be one where mostly the wealthy are able to play.

Reducing Polarity and Pursuing Equity

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The anti-aging market has grown enough to sustain growing businesses.

As with many burgeoning industries, the costs of innovative and revolutionary products and services can be pricey. This is certainly true for the anti-aging market. But the level of interest and wellness has been able to support this industry to a great extent. Those with disposable income invested on longevity are more than willing to spend money to have these services. And with science supporting these anti-aging trends, longevity consumers feel more secure in their choices. However, ultimately the goal will be to extend these longevity services to everyone. As competition grows and costs decrease over time, hopefully this will be the case. But for now, a wealth gap is preventing most from participating in the anti-aging market.

It is worth noting that not all longevity offerings are beyond the reach of the average consumer. For example, wearable devices and fitness trackers offer a tremendous amount of wellness data to users. Similarly, there is growing awareness about the impact of nutrition on wellness and longevity among the public. Gluten-free foods and organic options abound in today’s world as people focus more on health and wellness. While these anti-aging trends may not be as sexy as stem cell treatments and psychedelics, they are nonetheless part of the longevity and wellness movement. Therefore, it’s quite probable that anti-aging trends will gradually increase offerings to everyone in the future. Based on this and the success among luxury clients today, there’s little doubt that longevity is a bold business. And it’s one that appears to have longevity itself.

 

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