The Methuselah Foundation is a non-profit organization co-founded in 2003 by David Gobel and Aubrey de Grey. Its mission is to ‘make 90 the new 50 by 2030’ by supporting tissue engineering and regenerative medicine therapies. Their work includes: incubating and investing in early-stage life science companies, funding scientific research, providing fiscal sponsorship to aligned projects, and sponsoring inducement prizes. The charity was named after Methuselah, the grandfather of Noah in the Hebrew Bible, whose lifespan was recorded as 969 years.
In 2000, the foundation was originally conceived by David Gobel as the Longitude Prize Society, named after the British government’s Longitude Act, which set up monetary rewards for anyone who could devise a portable, practical solution for determining a ship’s longitude. In 2003, the organization was made public as the Methuselah Foundation at the 32nd Annual Meeting of the American Aging Association, where they awarded the first Methuselah Mouse Prize to Andrej Bartke for his work on mice that lived the equivalent of 180 human years.