Arizona Entrepreneur Jason Hope is very interested in efforts in the medical industry to slow or even stop the process of aging. There is a new field in that industry called rejuvenation biotechnologies. One of the most promising companies in this field is the SENS Foundation. One Jason Hope researched them and saw what they were all about he wrote a $500,000 check to support their research.
Jason Hope explains that the goal isn’t to just have people live forever. Rather it’s to have a longer life that is both free of disease and of better quality. He gave his donation in 2010 and the money was used in a new lab they opened in Cambridge, England. Since that time he has provided the SENS Foundation with over $1 million more dollar.
Some animals show no signs of aging, such as hydras and tortoises. They age but they’re no more likely to die due to this fact. Other species, like humans, gradually break down. As people get older they get more susceptible to developing diseases such as cancer and Parkinson’s. There are diseases that are called “age-related illnesses” because of how much more prevalent they are in older people versus the young.
Most medical researchers are looking to cure diseases. Jason Hope says that the SENS Foundation, however, wants to prevent it from occurring to begin with. If people don’t break down as they get older they won’t be more susceptible to developing age-related diseases. The money that Jason Hope has been donating lately is being used to create AGE-breakers. AGE is short for advanced glycations end-products. These are what build up in a person’s body over time and causes people to break down. If this can be prevented than people will live longer, healthier lives.
Jason Hope is an entrepreneur and investor in the technology industry. He was one of the earliest to see the potential of mobile technology and he created software for smartphones that was in widespread use. He invests in companies in the industry that he sees as having ground-breaking technology. He is also a futurist and writes extensively about the Internet of Things and other technological change he sees coming down the pike.
Jason Hope earned his college education at Arizona State University. He first earned a bachelor of science degree in finance. He then attended ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business and earned an MBA in business. He now lives in Scottsdale. He enjoys keeping others up to date on where technology, and therefore society, is heading. He is also interested in politics, both local and national. Additionally, he provides funding to many groups beyond the SENS Foundation as a philanthropist.
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