Why Jason Hope Gave $1.5 Million To The SENS Research Foundation

There’s a nonprofit research organization in California that is in a new field of medicine called rejuvenation biotechnologies. This is the SENS Research Foundation and their aim is nothing less than to stop the human aging process and prevent diseases before they start. Jason Hope, a tech entrepreneur, found their research so inspiring that he donated $500,000 to the cause. As he explains it, the goal isn’t really about eternal youth but rather people having lives that are long and better in quality. Hope’s donation occurred eight years ago. Since that time the money was used to build a new lab in Cambridge, England. He has also donated another $1 million in the intervening years in support of their research efforts. The SENS part of the organization’s name stands for Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence.

The latter part of this acronym is a reference to people no longer showing the symptoms of aging which is actually some other species on earth have achieved, such as tortoises.Unlike tortoises, though, humans break down over time. They get frailer and more susceptible to disease. There are many diseases that are called age-related precisely because they occur in older people by and large, like Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s. The goal of rejuvenation biotechnologies is not to cure disease after it has been diagnosed but to prevent them.Jason Hope is a futurist and philanthropist who lives in Scottsdale, Arizona, his home state. He started a big company in the mobile industry a number of years ago and now invests in other tech startups. He is also a published author who has written a book and numerous articles on where he sees technology and society heading.

His big focus of the last number of years is on the Internet of Things (IoT). He says a lot of the IoT devices to come out in the not so distant future will revolutionize how people live their lives and overall society functions. Before launching his company Jason Hope attended college. This took place at Arizona State University and the W.P. Carey School of Business that is on the same campus. At the former he earned his finance degree and at the later his MBA. He says that once he had the MBA in his hand he figured that meant he better start a company and so he did. Since he has a passion for technology that has been the industry he has worked and invested in ever since.