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Jason Hope: Philanthropic Efforts Toward Anti-Aging Science

In the development of many different types of medications our countries sees a proactive approach utilized in an effort to prevent symptoms or slow down those which have already beset the patient. Interestingly, when it comes to anti-aging research there seems to be a reactive approach. For example, there is little information to be found on what is being done to help Alzheimer’s or diabetes from happening to an individual in the first place. Fortunately, there are caring individuals such as Jason Hope who truly wish to see this pattern change.

Jason Hope holds an MBA from Arizona State University and an undergraduate degree in finance. His initial passion was technology related and he benefited from selling various advances for cell phones. He made money through a portfolio of investment companies (most of which were tech based) and the creation of a few new technological advances such as his first, Jawa. Hope seems a humble man who admits to the self-doubt that plagues the entrepreneur, but he uses that doubt to fuel himself and his project forward.

Hope is currently based in Arizona and the majority of his philanthropy efforts are focused on the SENS Foundation. The SENS Foundation is a non-profit which was formed in 2009 as a driving force in rejuvenation biotechnology which tackles diseases related to age in a head-on manner. The strategies employed are focused on understanding preventative treatments to diseases accompanying the aging process. This is vastly different from the current primary strategy employed by others that involves waiting until they are forced to have a reactive approach.

Jason Hope initially got started when he made a donation of $500,000 to the SENS Foundation in 2010. These funds were used toward the establishment of the Cambridge SENS laboratory and research initiatives. Since then Jason Hope has donated over one million dollars of his own money to the foundation. Other noteworthy donors include Peter Thiel (co-founder of PayPal) who contributed an initial donation of $3.5 million to help fund pilot projects.

For details: www.crunchbase.com/person/jason-hope#/entity

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