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Biotech startup CEO Aaron Traywick is found dead in a flotation tank

02 May 2018

Aaron Traywick was discovered useless inside a D.C. spa room over the weekend, police mentioned.

Traywick was the CEO of Ascendance Biomedical, a tiny, controversial biotech startup on a mission to speed up the process of getting potentially life-saving treatments to patients. The cause of death is still being investigated, although there is no indication of foul play at this time.

ISTOCK, CRUPHOTOBiohacker Aaron Traywick, who sparked controversy in February when he injected himself with an untested herpes vaccine, died on Sunday (April 29).

Traywick garnered headlines from around the world when he appeared on stage at the BodyHacking Con in Austin, Texas in February, dropped his trousers in front of everyone, and injected himself with what he said was a vaccine for herpes.

Both radical stunts drew crowds on Facebook Live and made headlines around the world.

The Food and Drug Administration released a consumer advisory shortly after the company posted a video that showed individuals self-administering a gene therapy it had developed, the MIT Technology Review reports, though it did not mention Ascendance by name.

On Tuesday, Roberts described Traywick as a "passionate visionary" and "a warrior for a better future". "He seemingly never exhausted as he brought people together to work on some of the most imposing challenges facing humanity", the outlet reports Roberts said in a statement.

Roberts said while many in the biohacking industry disagreed with Traywick's methods, none of them ever doubted his intentions.

'He sought nothing short of a revolution in biomedicine; the democratization of science and the opening of the flood gates for global healing'. Reportedly, the CEO and his colleagues had differing ideas about how to distribute the gene therapies as well as the direction of the company.

Andreas Stuermer told the news site: "We all lost touch with him".

Traywick, even together with his sudden rise to prominence, had misplaced contact together with his colleagues over the past month, Aaron Stuermer, a researcher, advised VICE Information. "It was more than four weeks ago".

Stuermer added that, "The future is hard to predict. I don't have the ideal answer to this, but stuff will go on".

Biotech startup CEO Aaron Traywick is found dead in a flotation tank