Digital Health Today- Liz Parrish

In this episode we talk about aging. It’s a condition that everyone experiences and indeed, one thing is certain: when it comes to aging, our condition is terminal. Our guest today is challenging that and fighting aging head on. We're speaking with Liz Parrish, the CEO of BioViva,a biotech company dedicated to advancing gene and cell therapies to treat the diseases of aging. We dive into her work and learn about the results of the treatment that she received to slow and maybe even reverse the effects of aging.

Liz is a passionate advocate for patient access to these revolutionary treatments, and a couple years ago, Liz decided to take her own medicine – literally. In September 2015, Liz underwent genetic therapy with the aim of slowing and even reversing the effects of aging. She believes that aging should be classified as a disease to open up entirely new and untapped pathways to extend human lives and allow us to be healthier, longer.

Gene therapy to treat aging as a disease. Is this something that will catch on? Should we be tinkering with our own genes in this way? If not, why not? We’re already extending the lives of animals from earthworms to mice – why shouldn’t we work to extend our own lives through applying this technology? But if we do that, will these treatments only be available to the elite and wealthy of our society, or is this something that can benefit all of society by making it available to anyone who wants it?

We tackle these issues and more in this episode of Digital Health Today. Tune in!

Today's Topics

  • How our bodies age and the hallmarks of aging (Also watch the video below!)
  • The role of telomeres in aging
  • Why ‘Aging' should be classified as a disease
  • Can aging be reversed?
  • The results from Liz's genetic treatment to reverse aging

Lightning Round Answers

Q: What’s a favorite quote or saying that motivates you?

A: I have three:

“There are no heroes.  There is only us.”

“Remembering that I'll be dead soon is the most important tool I've ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Almost everything–all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure–these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important.  Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.” ~Steve Jobs

“Fear is the mind killer.” ~ Dune

Q: What advice do you have for other innovators who are working to make a difference in health?<

A: “Keep a passion. Keep a persistence.”

Q: What book do you recommend to listeners and why?

A: Sapiens by Yuval Noah Harari (Get it on Audible for FREE)

Homo Deus by Yuval Noah Harari (Get it on Audible for FREE)

The Selfish Gene by Richard Hawkins (Get it on Audible for FREE)

The Rational Genius by Matt Ridley (Get it on Audible for FREE)

Q: What technology, tool or app would you recommend, and why?

A:  Phone, Computer, Apple Watch – and the ability to integrate these into our body!

Q: If I gave you $5 million to invest in healthcare today, where would you invest it?

A:  Run safety trials and drive the industry to tackle the hallmarks of aging.

Q: In appreciation of your time on the show, we make a donation to a charity of your choice. What charity have you selected?

A: Maximum Life Foundation – Maximum Life Foundation will show you how to add up to 20 healthy aging years to your life now


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Dan Kendall

Dan Kendall


As an engineer and business leader, I've worked to develop, launch and scale innovative products and solutions that impact health and wellness. As an entrepreneur, I know firsthand what it takes to start a business, build a team, and compete in the global marketplace.

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