Texni Circular, 9/28/18

Presented below is a collection of individuals — past and present — who have made significant contributions to the knowledge pool (directly or indirectly) of human suzerainty and whose works are, for this reason, worthy of further attention and study.

Aaron Traywick (1989-2018) — Founder of Ascendance Biomedical. A prominent life-extension activist. Sought to democratize access to experimental medical enhancements, such as gene therapy. A proponent of Metformin (Glucophage) and the genome editing tool, CRISPR-cas9, which is presently the simplest and most precise method of gene manipulation yet devised. You can listen to a fascinating interview with the late Mr. Traywick from the excellent Future Grind podcast here.

Aubrey de Gray — Biomedical gerontologist and cryonist. Coinded the term SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) in addition to creating the Methuselah Foundation and the SENS Research Foundation as well as AgeX Therapeutics.

Craig Venter — American biochemist. Instrumental in sequencing the human genome. His team was the first to successfully transfect a cell with a synthetic chromosome.

George Church — PhD in biochemistry and molecular biology. Prof of genetics at Harvard Medical School and Professor of Health Sciences and Technology at Harvard and MIT. Director of the Personal Genomes Project (personalgenomes.org). Developed methodology for first genome sequence. Co-founder of the BRAIN Initiative (2011), a open-access medical database. Extracted wooly-mammoth genes via CRISPR-cas9.

Gennady Stolyarov, II — Writer, composer and the current Chair of the American Transhumanist Party. Mr. Stolyarov is the author of Death Is Wrong (2013), which is, in so far as I am aware, the first radical life-extension children’s book ever written.

“Embrace the technological fight against death and decay.” — G. Stolyarov II

Kim Eric Drexler — American engineer. A well-known popularizer of the groundbreaking potential of molecular nanotechnology.

Elizabeth Parrish — Founder of BioViva, a Washington-based biotechnology company, specializing on anti-aging treatments. BioViva bears the distinction of being the first company to treat aging in humans via gene therapy. Parrish was the patient zero for two experimental gene therapies which began in 2015 that showed success after only six months wherein her telomeres (which had been shorter than usual for her age) lengthened from 6.71 kilobases to 7.33 kilobases.

“We live in a golden age of technology, yet little is accessible and affordable to the general population, due to lack of knowledge, safety data and a general perception that aging cannot be helped, that this is how life should end.

I refuse to subscribe to this complacency. I refuse to allow humanity not to benefit from the breakthrough scientific discoveries in the anti-aging field. I am not talking about cosmetics, but about whole body rejuvenation at cellular level.”

— Elizabeth Parrish, 2018.

Martine Rothblatt — Co-founder of Sirius XM. After her daughter was diagnosed with pulmonary arterial hypertension she moved into the field of biotechnology. Her experimental facility in Blackburn, Virginia in is the world’s largest cloner of pigs.

Richard Browning — English businessman and inventor. Founder of Gravity Industries and creator of a 59 lb fully-functional one man flight-suit that is controlled through modulation of bracer-thrusters affixed to the arms. The suit is presently available for public purchase in the UK.

Ghost Raven Research — Elucidating fraud in biotech is every bit as important as making advancements therein and thus, though Ghost Raven Research is not a technology innovator, they are worthy of mention for exposing the Theranos/Enron-styled fraud of the pharmaceutical bio-similar company Celltrion Inc. in 2016. Celltrion’s shady accounting practices were so egregious that it was reported on by the Wall Street Journal and numerous other outlets prior to the GRR report. As a consequence of GRR’s report on the company, the financial fraud of Celltrion Inc. was exposed to a even wider audience.

Ryan O’Shea — American businessman and the founder of Future Grind and the host of its flagship podcast. O’Shea is also a spokesman and adviser to the open-source biotech startup, Grindhouse Wetware.

Theodore Berger — Cognitive scientist and biomedical researcher. His work revolves around facilitation and restoration of cognitive function in the primate prefrontal cortex by a neuroprosthesis that utilizes minicolumn-specific neural firing.

William (Bill) Henry Andrews — American molecular biologist who has dedicated his life to finding a cure for human aging. Much of his work focuses upon human telomere extension. Founder and president of biotech corporation, Seirra Sciences, LLC.

Zoltan Istvan Gyurko — American transhumanist and futurist political activist. Author of the sci-fi novel, The Transhumanist Wager (2013). Launched the Uganda-based BiZoHa orphanage project in 2015. As of 2017, Istvan joined the Libertarian Party. Lives in Mill Valley, California.

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