Don’t most businessmen want to live?


Funding of life extension research is extremely close to zero. It lookes like there’s just a couple of men interested in their own lives. The rest seems to want to die. One of those few smart businessmen, Jason Hope announced a half a million dollar donation to the SENS Foundation, a California-based non-profit organization that works to develop, promote and ensure widespread access to rejuvenation biotechnologies which comprehensively address age-related diseases.

“I have had great interest in the SENS Foundation and Dr. Aubrey de Grey’s work for some time now.  I believe their work is essential to the advancement of human medicine and their approach to the overall problem of human aging and its associated diseases (Alzheimer’s, Atherosclerosis, Diabetes, etc.) is the only way to go.  Their work and the work of others that they support will drive the complete redefinition and reshaping of the healthcare, pharmaceutical, and biotech industries as we know them today.  The advancement of rejuvenation biotechnologies is not only extremely important, but it is the future. I am honored to support the SENS Foundation in its efforts, and hope my support helps drive faster results for all of humanity,” said Jason Hope.

The donation was announced by SENS Foundation CEO, Mike Kope, at Tuesday’s ‘Breakthrough Philanthropy’ event hosted by the Thiel Foundation, in the Palace of Fine Arts in San Francisco – an event that was covered here on my blog this past week.

“We need to create an entirely new biotech industry. That’s why we created SENS Foundation: to be a credible catalyst for change; to be a public research and outreach organization devoted to the creation of a new field- rejuvenation biotechnology.  To that end, we are proud that our projects are capturing the imaginations of top tier collaborators in biotech and regenerative medicine.  Jason Hope’s donation is a major contribution, enabling us to build on our existing collaborations in 2011, and accelerating our progress in the fight against age-related disease,” said Mike Kope

“I enjoyed hearing a lot of great presentations at the Breakthrough Philanthropy event,” said Thiel Foundation chairman Peter Thiel. “But for me, the highlight of the whole evening was hearing about Jason’s bold commitment to defeating aging.”

SENS Foundation CSO, Aubrey de Grey, described the use to which Hope’s donation will be put:

“Arteriosclerosis – hardening of the arteries – is the main cause of increased blood pressure (hypertension) in the elderly, which in turn exacerbates major aspects of aging such as diabetes. It is caused largely by the unwanted accumulation of molecular bonds between the proteins that hold the cells of the artery in place – the extracellular matrix. The same process causes long-sightedness (presbyopia) and contributes to skin aging. I am delighted that Jason’s donation will fund our work on the pharmacological breaking of these unwanted molecular bonds, and the restoration of elasticity to the body’s extracellular matrix.”

Read Mike Kope’s announcement at Tuesday’s ‘Breakthrough Philanthropy’ event and to learn more about SENS Foundation

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6 responses to “Don’t most businessmen want to live?

  1. You might want to read up on terror management theory. The knowledge of our mortality, which we learn as children, literally traumatizes the human mind, and we develop “anxiety buffers” to keep from thinking about it.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Terror_management_theory

    Basically we all go through life suffering from symptoms similar to post-traumatic stress disorder every time we think about death.

    • Thanks, Mark. I knew about this phenomenon, but just didn’t know the exact name for it. It is indeed a great problem, but some people, mostly intelligent, are capable of overcoming these psycological barriers. I believe my task is to show that there are things that can be done to eventually solve the problem of death.

  2. 1. Few really know anything of the research being done. When I tell people that we’re on the verge of a greatly extend lifespan, they look at me like I’m crazy. That have no idea of the research being done and scoff that it will work.

    2. For those who are aware of the research, I think it is more of a sense that it is useless and a waste of money to look for the “Fountain of Youth” … And the development would be too long to do the individual any good. Once a few treatments start coming online, you’ll see more money flow.

    • 1. I believe it’s always a good idea to tell people about really amazing research advances, like 10-fold life extension in worms and 2-fold – in mice. There are also fantastic examples in ‘mother nature’, like the naked mole rat, which is very close to rats and mice, but lives 10 times longer and doesn’t have any cancer.

      2. Of course, this type of investments are risky, but the gain is enormous. There’s nothing more valuable than a man’s life. Also, one can always try to start talking to investors about the things closes to the clinic, which are regenerative medicine therapies.

      • I post many things about life extension and regenerative technology. I’m always trying to spur a little interest in it.

        It’s frustrating because of things like my mom passing away last year … all the while knowing that we’re on the verge of technology that could have greatly extended her life.

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