The top scientist at PepsiCo Inc., Mehmood Khan, is retiring from the beverage-and-snack giant to become chief executive officer of Life Biosciences Inc., a startup with more than $75 million in venture funding aiming to help people live longer, healthier lives.
Boston-based Life Biosciences was founded in 2017 by Harvard Medical School genetics professor David Sinclair, a prominent anti-aging researcher, and investor Tristan Edwards. Its backers include WeWork Cos. Chief Executive Officer Adam Neumann. Khan’s appointment is effective April 1.
Khan had served as Pepsi’s co-vice chairman and chief scientific officer. The 60-year-old endocrinologist said he had been following advances in the basic biology of aging for years and knew some of the field’s key scientists, leading to his introduction to the founders of Life Bio-sciences.
“Historically, aging has been looked at as a normal consequence of life and as medical professionals we have not looked at aging as a disease process,” Khan said in an interview, adding that science is at the cusp of being able to do something about it.
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