Aaron Traywick, the CEO of the startup Ascendance Biomedical, was found dead on April 29th in Washington DC. The man was known everywhere after he decided to test a DIY herpes therapy and injected himself with it. According to various sources, he died while he was in a sensory deprivation floating tank in a therapy room.
Traywick died in a sensory deprivation tank
The news of Aaron Traywick’s death is really unfortunate, since the man brought great contributions in the biomedical world. The man was only 28 and we could say his death was merely accidental. The police found him lying face down in the floating tank.
This tank was full of saltwater at body temperature and should administer treatment through sensory deprivation. These tanks are soundproof as well, so this could make for some suspicious conditions. However, the police decided there was no foul play involved in the death of Traywick.
The man was well-known for testing experimental medicine on himself
Traywick was the CEO of Ascendance Biomedical, but also an activist for biohacking and non-chemical treatments. He wanted to encourage people to try experimental therapy methods and thus reduce the dominion of the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore, he, just like other biohackers, tested the experimental therapies on himself.
This way, he injected a DIY herpes treatment directly on himself on live TV. Another person who received the same treatment was Tristan Roberts, another Ascendance Biomedical employee. However, it later turned out this man was HIV positive. Of course, the FDA didn’t support such practices, and blamed Traywick for encouraging people to try risky health practices.
Now that Traywick is dead, the future of his startup is quite uncertain. Two of his colleagues talked about what had happened, and how they disagreed with the CEO and decided to split up from the company. They respected him for his vision and courage, but are not sure how Ascendance Biomedical will go on right now.
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