Aging is the number one cause of most late-stage diseases. Cancer, Parkinson’s, Alzheimer’s, Diabetes, and Arthritis are all linked to the body’s degeneration resulting from aging. Most medical practices treat aging, using things like diet and exercise. Organization like SENS however want to find a cure. A cure for aging, one that will slow it down or stop it altogether. For successful investor and entrepreneur Jason Hope this is a cause he not only believes in, but advocates for.
Jason Hope is a noted philanthropist as well as a successful businessman. He is also a futurist, one who studies current trends and makes predictions on how they will affect the near-future. The trend he follows the closest is anti-aging research. In 2010 he pledged $500,000 to SENS, a non-profit organization seeking to find the cure for aging. Hope is among many entrepreneurs who believe the future of healthcare orbits around anti-aging research. To be clear this is not a snake-oil cure that will keep us all young forever, but a medical breakthrough that will highly restrict the degeneration of the body brought on by aging. Since his donation Hope has become a huge supporter of SENS, representing the organization at public events, and writing numerous articles advocating their research. He believes that such research will transcend aging improving the quality of life for future generations.
According to Aubrey de Grey, Chief Science Officer for SENS, it is generous donations like Hope’s that are the lifeblood of the industry. Hope’s pledge provided the funds for SENS to build a new laboratory that presently researches AGE-breakers. AGE is a metabolic waste that builds up in the human body over time. It is linked to the advanced glycation at the root of high blood pressure. AGE-breaking treatment would stop this waste build up allowing for the prevention of high blood pressure, as well as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and even cancer.
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