- Dr. Maria Blasco, the Botin Foundation and Matlin Associates Establish
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
MADRID, Dec. 15 /CNW/ - 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. Maria
Blasco has made at the Spanish National Cancer Research Centre (Centro
Nacional de Investigaciones Oncologicas, or CNIO) in Madrid, Spain form
the founding basis of the 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 organism.
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 incorporated.
The importance of telomeres was recognized in last year's Nobel Prize in
Physiology and Medicine. Studies with genetically modified mice from
Maria Blasco's research group have shown that telomeres are essential
to preserve 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
Dr. Blasco was awarded this year's "Santiago Ramon y Cajal" National
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 others.
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