Jason Hope is a Scottsdale, Arizona entrepreneur, futurist, and philanthropist who in 2010 donated $500,000 to the SENS (Strategies for Engineered Negligible Senescence) research foundation (SRF), which develops and promotes preventative medicine for the diseases of aging including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, cardiovascular disease, and diabetes. Jason also provides donations to such medical and educational nonprofits as the Andre Agassi Foundation, Family Health International, and the Worldwide Orphans Foundation.
In his article “Death Resistant Cells”, Jason describes senescent cells in our bodies, which cells are damaged such that they diverge from their proper function. The body usually either causes such cells to commit suicide, called apoptosis, or keeps them from continuing on their risky trajectory. The SRF investigates ways to stimulate an immune response that targets and thus purges such unhealthy immune cells to allow for healthy killer T-cells to bolster the immune system.
Jason Hope is a believer in the Internet of Things (IoT), which refers to the large number of products which can connect us to each other via the Internet, such as smart phones, smart homes and smart appliances. The IoT has grown greatly in recent years, particularly with regard to broadband internet and wi-fi resources. Jason cites various companies’ future IoT growth including Silicon Labs, which provides connected home-reference designs for linking home automation technology, and he notes Cisco’s $1.4 billion investment in the IoT software developer Jasper Technologies.
In an interview, Jason explained that a healthy sense of doubt forces an entrepreneur to think ahead, and that he uses doubt to fuel his passion for change. He credits his success to focusing on the potential of technology to make our lives better, such as catching diseases of the elderly before they cause irreversible damage. Jason reveals that he is most passionate about furthering research into anti-aging through preventive measures.
Jason Hope is a finance graduate from Arizona State University with an MBA from ASU’s W.P. Carey School of Business. He invites high school seniors and college students to submit proposals for grants, which he personally reviews to decide on a possible grant of $500 to $5000 to help forward-thinking students jumpstart their technology-related ideas.
Jason Hope’s Facebook Page: www.facebook.com/public/Jason-Hope