Rising to the Challenge – Healthy Aging Forum 2022


Dear colleagues and friends,

In solidarity with the United Nation’s Decade of Healthy Aging initiative, WuXi AppTec and the Government of Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), and Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative (DAC) will co-host the inaugural “Rising to the Challenge: Healthy Aging Forum 2022”, alongside the 2022 WuXi Global Forum.

One in six people in the world will be aged 65 years or over by 2050 according to the UN. As we enter this new era of a longer lifespan, scientific advances and joint efforts will be key in addressing the unique health challenges of the elderly as well as their communities.

This complimentary event, with full agenda below, will bring together nearly 30 leading voices at the forefront of tackling aging challenges, convene top executives from the life science industries, preeminent researchers, and key stakeholders to promote partnerships and actionable approaches in the new era of healthy aging, uniting thousands of colleagues around the world.

Global challenges require global collaborations, and global solutions. A new era of healthy aging is possible if we work together and let science lead. Our hope is that this forum inspires innovative thinking and tangible solutions for a future where everyone can enjoy a longer and healthier life.

Register HERE to watch the premiere or access the on-demand video.


Jan 11, 2022 | Digital Global Program

8:00am-12:00pm PST and 7:00pm-11:00pm PST

8:00 – 8:05


Hui Cai, Program Chair, VP and Head of Content, WuXi AppTec

8:05 – 8:20

Opening Remarks

Steve Yang, Co-CEO, WuXi AppTec

Frederick Chew, CEO, A*STAR; Chief, Public Sector Science & Technology Policy & Plans Office, Prime Minister’s Office of Singapore

George Vradenburg, Convener, The Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease; Founding Chairman, Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative; Chairman & Co-Founder, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

8:20 – 8:55

Aging: The Grand Challenge

Kate Bingham, Managing Partner, SV Health Investors

Luigi Ferrucci, Scientific Director, National Institute on Aging of NIH

Paul Irving, Chairman, Milken Institute Center for the Future of Aging; Distinguished Scholar-in-Residence, USC Davis School of Gerontology

Session Leader:  Michal Preminger, Regional Head, Johnson & Johnson Innovation East North America

8:55 – 9:30

Spotlight on Alzheimer’s Disease

Niranjan Bose, Managing Director, Health & Life Sciences, Gates Ventures

Ivan Cheung, Chairman, Eisai Inc; Global President of Neurology Business Group, Eisai Co Ltd

George Vradenburg, Convener, The Global CEO Initiative on Alzheimer’s Disease; Founding Chairman, Davos Alzheimer’s Collaborative; Chairman & Co-Founder, UsAgainstAlzheimer’s

Session Leader:  Stacie Weninger, President of F-Prime Biomedical Research Initiative (FBRI)

9:30 – 9:55

State of Aging Research

Linda Partridge, Founding Director, Max Planck Institute for Biology of Ageing; Professor, Institute of Healthy Ageing, and GEE, UCL

Eric Verdin, CEO & President, Buck Institute for Research on Aging

Session Leader: Sebastien Thuault, Chief Editor, Nature Aging

9:55 – 10:40

Healthy Aging: Singapore’s Perspectives

Yap-Seng Chong, Dean, NUS Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine; Chief Clinical Officer, A*STAR

Daniel Fung, CEO, Institute of Mental Health in Singapore

Chien-Earn Lee, Deputy Group CEO (Regional Health System), SingHealth

Andrea Maier, Co-Director, Centre for Healthy Longevity, National University Health System, Singapore

Session Leader: Brian Kennedy, Distinguished Professor in Biochemistry and Physiology, the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore

10:40 – 11:00

Prevention. Prediction. Personalization.

A conversation between Scott Berkowitz, VP & Chief Population Health Officer, Johns Hopkins Medicine; Associate Professor of Cardiology, Johns Hopkins University and Henry Brodaty, Professor of Ageing and Mental Health; Co-Director, CHeBA (Centre for Healthy Brain Ageing), UNSW Sydney

11:00 – 11:45

The Next Frontiers in Tackling Age-Related Disorders

Rita Balice-Gordon, CEO, Muna Therapeutics

Marco Boorsma, General Partner at Forbion

Jens Eckstein, Managing Partner, Apollo Health Ventures

Kristen Fortney, Co-Founder and CEO, BioAge

James Peyer, Founder & CEO, Cambrian Biopharma

Session Leader: Dave Madge, VP of Discovery Services, WuXi AppTec

11:45 – 12:00

How Will Technologies Shape the New Era of Healthy Aging

Joseph Coughlin, Founder and Director, MIT AgeLab




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