SENS Research Foundation has been formed with the highest regard to best practice in governance. The following individuals have joined the SRF Board to lend their vision and guidance to our mission.
Michael is the founder and Head of Investment Strategy of Sage Technologies, an investment fund established in 2015 with Harald McPike. He also serves as science and technology advisor for The McPike Zima Charitable Foundation. Prior to Sage, Michael had been running a series of entrepreneurial start-ups across a wide variety of business categories. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration with first class honors and a Bachelor of Computer Science.
Kevin Dewalt has 30 years experience as an entrepreneur, investor and technology innovator. He is currently founder and CEO of Prolego, a specialist AI startup which helps Fortune 500 companies generate billion-dollar revenue opportunities. At In-Q-Tel he helped make over 25 venture capital investments of more than $20M. He worked with Palantir founder Stephen Cohen to deploy the company’s first AI product in the US Intelligence community. At FINRA he ran the machine learning systems which detect anomalies in the billions of NASDAQ stock market events. As CMO of MadKudu he helped transform a data science application into the predictive intelligence sales platform used by Silicon Valley powerhouses Segment.
One of the original advocates of Lean Startup, Kevin is a recognized global leader in helping startups and corporate teams systematically drive innovation. He helped the National Science Foundation create the I-CORPS program and launch the first class with Steve Blank at Stanford.
He graduated #1 in his US Coast Guard Academy class with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His expertise in AI began at Stanford University while earning his Master’s Degree and completing original research under legend Dr. Bernard Widrow.
Barbara co-founded the LifeStar Institute to catalyze a global effort to prevent age-related diseases within a radically compressed timeframe. LifeStar organized the collaboration of a number of eminent scientists to author The Demographic and Biomedical Case for Late-Life Interventions in Aging in Science Translational Medicine (July, 2010). Since 2009, she has chosen to focus her efforts in the field as a member of the SRF board. In the mid-1980s, she was President and COO of ComputerLand Corporation, then the world’s largest retailer of personal computers. A life-long entrepreneur, she and her husband have created a variety of successful businesses together. They currently live on Oahu.
As CEO of SENS Research Foundation, Jim oversees all SRF activities and serves on the Research Development Committee that reviews and approves proposed research projects.
In a career spanning science, policy, technology, and finance, Jim has advised, invested in, and nurtured more than seventy science and technology companies. While running the Thiel Foundation, he co-founded the Thiel Fellowship and helped create deep science fund Breakout Labs. Thiel Fellows have created more than $250 billion in equity value by founding companies including Freenome, Luminar, Figma, Upstart, OYO, Ethereum, Workflow, Fossa, and the Longevity Fund.
Before moving to California, Jim helped lead the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as the principal associate deputy secretary. His responsibilities included overseeing policy and regulations at NIH, FDA, and CDC and he led two major reforms of FDA. He also supported the creation of the Armed Forces Institute for Regenerative Medicine, served on the steering committee of the Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority, and represented the United States on the U.S. delegation to the World Health Assembly. Jim graduated from Yale and the University of Chicago graduate school.
Kevin Perrott obtained a PhD in the Campisi Lab of the Buck Institute studying the effects of natural compounds on senescence. He became a cofounder of Oisin Biotechnologies, a biotech developing gene therapies for age-related disease. A cancer survivor with a sense of urgency, Kevin founded OpenCures, a for-benefit company whose Mission is the creation of the OpenCures Database, a valuable open-access resource of human multiomic information obtained from individuals measuring and sharing their health data.
Frank is Managing Director of Kizoo Technology Capital. He founded the Venture Capital business Kizoo with Michael Greve and Matthias Hornberger, and since then helped numerous startups to grow. Among other board level assignments he is COO of the Forever Healthy Foundation, co-founder of the Undoing Aging conference series and on the executive board of Atevia AG, a public company for 16 years. Before he was a strategy consultant with PriceWaterhouseCoopers. Frank is M.Sc. (New York) and Dipl.-Wirtsch.-Ing. from Karlsruhe Institute of Technology (KIT), Germany. He lives in Karlsruhe with his wife and two children.