Although modern medicine has made some incredible advances in recent years, there is still plenty to be done, at least in entrepreneur Jason Hope’s point of view. The self-proclaimed futurist has taken a deep interest in not only curing age-related illnesses, but also in preventing them from developing in the first place. This is a marked shift from the usual development patterns of pharmaceutical companies. Instead of studying ways to stop a disease wholly, companies are far more interested in finding cures that are more easily marketable.

Luckily, Jason Hope’s business ventures have afforded him the opportunity to pursue expensive research that other companies have no interest in pursuing. Hope has accomplished this feat primarily through the direct funding of the SENS Foundation, which devotes itself to the study of “rejuvenation biotechnologies.”

In terms of preventing age-related diseases, much of the SENS Foundation’s work is centered around combating the body’s natural degradation process. As a body ages, the various life processes begin to break down the body and damage it internally, which is how age-related diseases eventually develop. In order to prevent diseases like Alzheimer’s from developing, the SENS Foundation is targeting the source: aging. If the SENS Foundation can prevent the body’s own metabolism from damaging itself over time, then the SENS Foundation believes that it will have create a kind of anti-aging technology.

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Although Hope’s philanthropic efforts are unique in their consistency, there are other philanthropists that are also becoming increasingly interested in anti-aging technology. As more and more of the wealthiest in the country begin to follow Jason Hope’s example, it’s clear that it will only result in the SENS Foundation developing its technology and research more quickly.

Aside from Hope’s monetary backing, the SENS Foundation also has the revolutionary Aubrey De Grey at its helm as the chief science officer. With their leadership and Jason Hope’s money, it’s believed that the first person to live to be 1,000 years old has already been born. While it’s obviously impossible to verify this claim, it does show just how confident Hope is in the future of mankind. If we can live substantially longer lives, who knows where science will take us after we’ve moved beyond biological mortality. For Hope and the rest of the people at the SENS Foundation, this mystery is as enticing as it is perplexing.