Rejuvenation Biotechnologies are promising to give us what a lot of people hope to have one day: eternal youth. The SENS Foundation has been working on this issue for several years, and the people behind this organization believe that they are close to the end of their journey.
Jason Hope is an entrepreneur and philanthropist who joined the SENS Foundation on its quest for agelessness, and he shared his thoughts on what is going on in the anti-aging industry today. “Their involvement in anti-aging is not just about wanting to live forever,” Hope stated. “It’s about creating a longer, better quality of life.”
Jason Hope started supporting the SENS Foundation in 2010. At that time, he really put his money where his mouth was and donated $500,000 to the laboratory dedicated to research on anti-aging, and he hasn’t stopped there. Since that time, he has continued to give regular donations, and they add up to more than $1 million.
As an investor, Jason Hope has supported many technological issues, and he has done so by correctly finding technological trends that find success in the market. He has been so good at finding these technological trends that he is known by others to be one of the United States’ leading futurists.
Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence
SENS stands for Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence. Negligible senescence means that the organism doesn’t experience any of the signs of aging, and it is a strong trait in animals like the tortoise. Specifically, the trait keeps an organism’s chances of dying from increasing as the animal ages.
The human being does not have this trait. Humans are like automobiles that break down as they age. With age, the body’s necessary metabolic activities cause it to break down. As a result, we are more susceptible to disease when that happens. That’s the reason that cancer, Parkinson’s disease, heart disease and Alzheimer’s disease are described as “age-related.” A young person may contract these types of diseases, but the number one risk factor for them is age.
The $500,000 that Jason Hope donated to the SENS Foundation went to scientists who knew exactly what they were going to do with the money. This money would be designated toward finding ways to prevent artery-cell proteins from bonding. If they can do this, arteries would not be able to harden, and high blood pressure could not be triggered.
The medical community is treating diseases as patients are diagnosed with them. Supporters of rejuvenation biotechnologies hope to see the day when the medical community shifts its attention to preventative medicine. Then, people will be able to live a longer period of time without disease.
“Diseases like Alzheimer’s and heart and lung disease affect all functions of the body,” stated Jason Hope. “Traditional medicine looks at treating these diseases after they happen. We want to focus on stopping these diseases from ever happening.”
The Fight against Advanced Glycation End-Products
Advanced glycation end-products or AGEs are the metabolic waste products that accumulate within the muscles and skin as we age, and they are the reason that our arteries begin to harden and our skin becomes degraded. The solution to the AGE is an AGE-breaker that breaks the AGE down, and Jason Hope’s donations are designated to developing them.
After several years of research, SENS scientists have discovered that the presence of a substance called “glucosepane” causes AGEs to be developed in humans. The SENS Foundation’s next task is to learn how they can extract glucosepane from the skin.
Jason Hope has been working closely with the founder and Chief Science Officer of the SENS Foundation Dr. Aubrey de Grey. The SENS Foundation’s mission is to move rejuvenation biotechnology forward so that treatments can be developed that promote anti-aging. Jason Hope hopes that the SENS Foundation’s efforts will lead to the successful treatment of diseases like cancer and Parkinson’s disease.
Dr. de Grey is the natural choice for the goals that Jason Hope wants to accomplish. The laboratories that Dr. de Grey operates conduct research, and his main focus is working to reverse the aging process. Like Jason Hope, he has personally invested a lot of himself into this project because he gave the SENS Foundation a $10 million donation, and that was with his own money!
Jason Hope was born in Tempe, Arizona. He attended Arizona State University where he studied Finance. After his graduation, Hope moved on to W.P. Carey School of Business also at Arizona State University. He was so successful in the business arena that he developed an international reputation in a very short period of time. Because of this, he has become known as an advisor, and many people seek his counsel as a result. He currently lives in Scottsdale, Arizona.