Health Extension Foundation is a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization operating with the mission to promote hard science / deep biology in the aging space, especially where such science can lead to biotechnology startups.  The organization was founded in 2012 and is completely volunteer-run.

In 5 short years, HEF’s impact has been astounding – with:

Joe Betts-LaCroix

Joe Betts-LaCroix

Executive Director

Joe is the CTO and co-founder of Vium. Previously, Joe was the primary technical founder of hardware/software startup OQO - which entered the Guinness Book of World Records for building the smallest full-featured PC. His experience spans from biotech research to electronics design. Very experienced in invention, prosecution and monetization of intellectual property, he has over 80 Patents granted and pending in fields ranging from biophysics and safety systems to antennas, thermal systems, user interfaces and analog electronics. He has written numerous peer-reviewed publications in fields such as biophysics, genetics, electronics and robotics. Joe holds a Harvard A.B., MIT S.M. and Caltech research fellowship.

Kevin Perrott

Kevin Perrott

Co-Organizer

Kevin Perrott is a successful serial entrepreneur and owner of Riverside Honda, the largest Honda motorcycle dealership in Canada, who, after becoming a cancer survivor, decided to turn his attention to the study of the underlying causes of cancer and other age-related diseases.

Mr. Perrott is the founder and CEO of the Aging Research Network (AgeNet), and co-founder of SENS Research Foundation and LifeStar Institute, all organizations whose mission is to extend the healthy human lifespan. In addition, he is currently a PhD candidate studying the phenomenon of senescence in a collaboration involving the University of Alberta and the Buck Institute for Research on Aging.

Paul House

Paul House

Co-Organizer

Paul is a web programmer and statistician/data wrangler. He currently runs the popular nutrition website HealthAliciousNess.com and is working on a new project on the Science of Aging. Paul‘s interest in health extension began when he worked for a health care quality improvement consultancy, where he was responsible for measuring and improving quality in nursing homes across the U.S. From this experience, he was inspired to do whatever possible to improve the quality of senior’s lives by fighting the effects of aging before long term care is needed.

Ryan Witt

Ryan Witt

Volunteer

Our paper in Frontiers in Genetics.

We are also featured in Bill Gifford’s Spring Chicken.