Entrepreneur Jason Hope has recently donated $500,000 to the SENS foundation, a medical research organization dedicated to finding rejuvenative therapies and novel treatments for the most serious conditions.
Hope has said the donation is earmarked for the study of atherosclerosis, a leading cause of death and disability in the United States. The Foundation has thanked Hope and expressed its gratitude, confirming that the donation will be put to good use and will be instrumental in the fight against degenerative disease.
Taking up the sword against atherosclerosis
Atherosclerosis is, by itself, perhaps the single most lethal disease process in the United States. Responsible for most heart attacks, strokes and even other less known but fatal diseases like kidney failure and mesenteric ischemia, atherosclerosis has cost trillions of dollars in lost productivity and its relentless scythe has cut into the lives of almost every family in the U.S.
But what’s even more compelling about this disease is that the underlying biologic processes, the insult to veins and arteries followed by an inflammatory healing response, underpins a much broader scope of adverse health outcomes. In fact, it is increasingly recognized that the deleterious effects of inflammation, the chief means by which the body repairs damaged cells and tissues, underlie almost every major effect of aging.
The SENS institute has thus trained its talents on understanding the inflammatory response to damage at the molecular level, especially that caused by lipids, triglycerides and other substances found naturally in the body. With a deeper understanding of these fundamental disease processes, it is believed that in the future, the aging process itself may be slowed or even stopped in its tracks for significant periods of time. This could herald medical breakthroughs the likes of which have never been seen before.
Jason Hope believes strongly in the role of fundamental medical research that isn’t bound by the constraints of the free market, namely, the imperative to seek profits. While Hope is a strong advocate of entrepreneurship, he sees medical research as a field of monumental importance, too important to be laden with the extraneous considerations imposed by the market.