clock menu more-arrow no yes mobile

Filed under:

Naveen Jain wants to send people to the moon — and to cure chronic illness

The entrepreneur discusses his moonshots at Code University.

Rani Molla is a senior correspondent at Vox and has been focusing her reporting on the future of work. She has covered business and technology for more than a decade — often in charts — including at Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal.

Naveen Jain has a number of moonshot projects — including helping people live on the moon.

At Code Conference in Rancho Palos Verdes, Calif., Jain told the audience about the far-out missions of the two companies he founded.

At Moon Express, a startup that wants to mine the moon for natural resources, Jain is tackling the problem of living on the moon. That could include modifying our genes to use radiation as energy.

His other company, Viome, a nutritional services startup, has only a slightly less extraordinary goal: It aims to “make chronic illness optional” by studying the relationship between your diet and your gut.

Watch him explain his moonshots in the video above.

This article originally appeared on

Sign up for the newsletter Today, Explained

Understand the world with a daily explainer plus the most compelling stories of the day.