Science & Tech

Every day, new innovations in technology and aging make the news. Whether it’s the way the science of epigenetics is redefining how and why we age or how big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence are taking the customer experience to the next level. This is where I share the disruptive new inventions that are helping us to live longer, healthier lives.

Big-Data Disruption Gets Real for Auto Insurance

By Jon Sabes

Bloomberg news reports that auto insurance may be on the brink of an incursion from mobile-phone and technology companies. There is no doubt this is going to happen – insurance is going to be digitized, and when driverless cars no longer get in fender benders – the world of automotive insurance will never look the […]

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#2 Innovating Life Podcast with Dr. Brian Chen

By Jon Sabes

On this podcast I talk with Dr. Brian Chen who recently left a life of research and academia for the venture based world of insurtech.  Listen to how Brian is making the transition, and what discoveries in science have “WOW’d” him along the way.  Also hear how Brian get introduced in “feeling Minnesota” during his […]

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Aging Researcher, DNA Methylation Expert Joins Our Team

By Jon Sabes

Ideas are just ideas, unless you implement them. That might sound obvious or trite, but for entrepreneurs its of great import. And the bigger the idea, the more people you will need to help in its implementation. An entrepreneur’s reliance on others is proportional to the size of the idea. If your idea is to […]

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Huffington Post: Genomic Technology May Turn GWG Life Into an Insurtech Disrupter

By Jon Sabes

Last week we received a very nice article published in The Huffington Post: Genomic Technology May Turn GWG Life Into an Insurtech Disrupter.  The author picked up our story about our use of Dr. Horvath’s Mortality Predictive Technology stating: One Minneapolis insurance executive — Jon Sabes of Minneapolis-based GWG Holdings (GWGH) — thinks he has the key […]

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PWC – InsurTech Golden Opportunity

By Jon Sabes

The insurance professionals at PWC sure got some things correct in their March 2016 Top Issues InsurTech: A Golden Opportunity for Insurers to Innovate. The opening introductory line of PWC’s report was the best one: The insurance industry has remained much the same for more than 100 years… The reason the industry has not changed […]

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Epigenetics Understood

By Jon Sabes

Below I have included two of my favorite quick introductory video on epigenetics.  These videos are great if you want to understand the basic science behind the technology of Dr. Steve Horvath’s DNA methylation mortality predictor. The videos are only a couple minutes long each and you will learn quite a lot about your own […]

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Reinventing Insurance: Empowered for the Future

By Jon Sabes

The KPMG Report: Empowered for the Future – Insurance Reinvented makes several excellent reference points regarding the digital transformation of the insurance industry. At the outset, the Report accurately points out: The problem is that – for insurers to truly ‘reinvent’ their businesses – they will need much more fundamental changes to their business models and their operating […]

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Dr. Steve Horvath at National Institutes of Health (2016)

By Jon Sabes

In June 2016, Dr. Steve Horvath presented at the National Institutes of Health. You can watch his presentation HERE. Dr. Horvath presentation centers on his research on the discovery of epigenetic bio-markers related to biological aging and chronic disease.  This presentation is understandable even if you do not happen to have a PhD in bio-statistics from […]

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Insurtech 2016 Reflections

By Jon Sabes

The synopsis of Insurtech 2016 Reflections created and hosted by Oliver Wyman does an excellent job of outlining the macro trends of the industry.  We look forward to attending Insurtech 2017, where we will review the great work we are doing in the industry with other industry professionals – and emerge as a leader in […]

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Insurtech 2016 Research Report – Burnmark

By Jon Sabes

Congratulations to Burnmark for a terrific job in the November 2016 Insurtech Research Report.  The report examines trends, drivers and market dynamics of the coming change in the insurance industry. At our company, we are developing our technology to provide “new algorithms for predicting risk” and believe “machine learning, will allow for vast automation of the underwriting process…”. […]

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