Executive Team

Michael Kope

President, Chief Executive Officer, and Co-founder

Mr. Kope received his J.D. from the University of Michigan in 1990. He has served as the University of Michigan’s Intellectual Property Counsel; as Director of Corporate Development for Aviron, and for MedImmune, Inc.; and as CEO and officer of a number of start-ups in the biotechnology space. He specializes in business development and consulting, and is widely experienced with biotechnology organizations. Mike has negotiated a broad range of business acquisition and partnership agreements, designed strategies for technology protection and promotion in many fields of research, and facilitated a number of successful startups.

Aubrey de Grey, Ph.D.

Chief Science Officer and Co-founder

Dr. de Grey is the biomedical gerontologist who researched the idea for and founded SENS Research Foundation. He received his BA in Computer Science and Ph.D. in Biology from the University of Cambridge in 1985 and 2000, respectively. Dr. de Grey is Editor-in-Chief of Rejuvenation Research, is a Fellow of both the Gerontological Society of America and the American Aging Association, and sits on the editorial and scientific advisory boards of numerous journals and organizations. Click here to download a copy of Dr. de Grey's CV.

Tanya Jones

Chief Operating Officer

Tanya has been involved with non-profit research and laboratory management for over twenty years. With a long-standing interest in extending healthy lifespan, she has worked in both nanotechnology and cryonics, most recently serving as the CEO of Alcor Life Extension Foundation. She is experienced in all facets of business management for a small, non-profit research company, including financial planning and execution, strategic planning, and human resource management.

Jerri Barrett

Vice President of Outreach

Jerri Barrett is the Vice President of Outreach for the SENS Research Foundation. In this role she manages the business development, fundraising, marketing and outbound communications for the organization. Jerri has spent over twenty years in marketing and business development in high tech, telecommunications, and nonprofits. Jerri has her Bachelors degree in Biology from Mount Holyoke College and a Masters of Business Administration from the University of Rochester’s William E. Simon School of Business Administration.