Gero Sees The Potential Of Anti-aging Drugs In The Fight Against COVID

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Gero sees the potential of anti-aging drugs in the fight against COVID

If anti-aging drugs prove their effectiveness in the fight against coronavirus, doctors may have new opportunities to save the elderly, the founder of Gero Petr Fedichev told Medportal.

Gero sees the potential of anti-aging drugs in the fight against COVID
Gero sees the potential of anti-aging drugs in the fight against COVID

Founder of Gero company Petr Fedichev / Photo: Ideonomics / YouTube

At the end of March, the developers of the biological startup Gero announced that they were using machine learning and artificial intelligence to find potentially effective drugs against coronavirus. The neural network created by Gero's specialists simultaneously studied how thousands of drugs act on SARS-CoV-2 cells and identified the most effective ones.

Gero's calculations were based on the fact that the SARS pathogen - similar to the coronavirus - creates viral particles in the human body using the COPI enzyme, which it contains. According to biologists, this enzyme plays a similar role in the life cycle of the causative agent of the disease COVID-19.

“Artificial intelligence has chosen not only antiviral drugs, but also those that are of interest to specialists studying aging. It turned out that drugs that reduce biological age have a broad antiviral activity, since they reduce the biological age of the immune system at the moment. This will help reduce the risk of severe complications in the elderly,”said Petr Fedichev, founder and scientific director of Gero, in an interview with MedPortal.

According to the scientist, if the effectiveness of anti-aging drugs is proven, doctors may have additional opportunities in the fight against coronavirus.

“Perhaps in a few years, we or some other company could offer doctors a drug that lowers the age of the immune system and suppresses viral infections. And then the elderly will receive not only Tamiflu, but also an anti-aging drug. It is possible that it is the coronavirus that will draw the attention of the world community to the fact that hundreds of thousands of elderly people die every year from influenza and other infections. I am even ready to admit that the first anti-aging medicine will be released as a medicine for seasonal viruses,”says Fedichev.

The Russian biological startup Gero (a resident of the Skolkovo Foundation) is developing therapeutic approaches for the systemic fight against aging using computer modeling and artificial intelligence methods, as well as creating algorithms for predicting health risks using data from wearable devices and big medical data. Gero created a model of aging processes and turned it into a platform for finding targets and biomarkers.

In 2019, Gero was also recognized as one of the leading artificial intelligence companies in the field of life extension along with Google and IBM. The startup actively collaborates with researchers from leading global institutions, including Harvard Medical School, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, National University of Singapore and many others.

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