The medical community is spending a majority of its time on researching age-related diseases, but this is not enough for people like Jason Hope. Mr. Hope is an Arizona-based internet entrepreneur who believes that just as much time should be spent on studying the ways in which we can prevent these diseases as is spent on treating them.
Rather than donate his money toward searching for treatments for diseases like diabetes and Alzheimer’s, Mr. Hope puts it toward anti-aging initiatives. The SENS Foundation was founded in 2009 to study exactly the types of problems that Mr. Hope thinks the medical community should be studying. Specifically, researchers need to pay more attention to the prevention of age-related diseases. That’s the reason that he places the majority of his money with this group.
Jason Hope has certainly “put his money where his mouth is.” In 2010, he donated $500,000 to the SENS Foundation, and because of this, the foundation was able to build its Cambridge SENS laboratory and get started on some new research initiatives. He hasn’t stopped there because he also donated money out of his own pocket to the foundation.
When asked, Mr. Hope explained that he believes in what the SENS Foundation is doing, and he also appreciates the fact that the foundation’s research is necessary to advance medical technology. He believes that everything about healthcare could be changed for the better, and he hopes that in the future, physicians are going to be able to cure cancer, Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and heart disease.
Money isn’t the only thing that Mr. Hope uses to help the SENS Foundation realize its goals. He also assists the foundation in its outreach efforts.
The Importance of Rejuvenation Biotechnology
Rejuvenation biotechnology is the SENS Foundation’s main focal point, and Jason Hope believes that rejuvenation biotechnology is the future of the healthcare industry. Rather than search for new treatments, the foundation uses rejuvenation biotechnology to help researchers prevent diseases.
As we grow older, our natural metabolism slowly wreaks havoc on our bodies, and this is what causes age-related diseases. The SENS Foundation is searching for ways in which we can repair the damage that time causes before the diseases have a chance to develop.
— Jason Hope (@JasonHope) June 20, 2016
Mr. Hope is far from the only person who is putting his money into healthy aging. A growing number of wealthy innovators are also making these types of investments. For example, billionaire Peter Thiel has donated large chunks of money to the SENS Foundation as well. He made his first donation in 2006 for $3.5 million to help the foundation begin working on its projects.
Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D. is well-known for his research on anti-aging, and he is the SENS Foundation’s Chief Science Officer. Dr. de Grey has offered his inspirational ideas to the community, and they are changing the way that others think about the aging process. Dr. de Grey even believes that people who are alive today could possibly live to be 1,000 years old!
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the founders of Google, and they are just as enthusiastic as Mr. Hope about anti-aging. These two billionaires just founded another Google company, and they called it “Calico.” The purpose of the California Life Company or Calico is to completely change the aging process, and they donated millions of dollars to that effort.
Dr. de Grey believes that Google’s contributions have made it possible for scientists to win the war against aging. As Dr. de Grey is highly entrenched in anti-aging research, he also joined the ranks of people who have donated large sums of money toward mitigating the aging process. In his case, he gave more than $10 million of his own money to the cause.
The AGE-Breaker Program
The money that has been donated was used to advance the SENS Foundation’s AGE-breaker program. An AGE-breaker is a therapy that breaks down advanced glycation end-products or AGEs for short. AGEs are the products of our metabolic systems, and as they accumulate within the body, they cause our blood vessels and skin, for example, to be less elastic.
AGE-breaker treatments have immense potential to improve our health, but very little research is being undertaken on this subject. In the past 20 years, scientists were performing AGE-breaker research studies, but the medical community has not benefited from any therapies because of it.
After some missteps, researchers have learned that most AGEs in the human body consist of something called “glucosepane,” and this makes it easy for philanthropists to contribute toward therapies that can combat these AGEs. The SENS Foundation is firmly behind the idea of removing glucosepane from the body, and their rejuvenation research is what will lead them toward that end.
About Jason Hope
Jason Hope was born and raised in Tempe, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University and graduated with a degree in Finance. He earned his Master of Business Administration from W.P. Carey School of Business at Arizona State University. Shortly after he graduated, Mr. Hope became well-known in international business circles and has earned the well-deserved reputation of being an expert in all matters of business. Mr. Hope currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he is involved in his many philanthropic efforts.