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The Hanso Foundation
Name The Hanso Foundation
Country Copenhagen, Denmark
Introduced In Orientation
Type Social and Scientific Research

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The Hanso Foundation is an organization established by Alvar Hanso sometime in the 1960s. The Foundation was the primary funder for the DHARMA Initiative which would help further scientific research in many fields.

According to a mission statement on the Hanso website, "The Hanso Foundation stands at the vanguard of social and scientific research for the advancement of the human race. For forty years, the foundation has offered grants to worthy experiments designed to further the evolution of the human race and provide technological solutions to the most pressing problems of our time. The Hanso Foundation: a commitment to encouraging excellence in science and technology and furthering the cause of human development."

The Foundation funded many projects, including the Institute for Genomic Advancement, Mathematical Forecasting Initiative, Worldwide Wellness and Prevention Development Program, Electromagnetic Research Initiative, Mental Health Appeal, and the Life Extension Project. The Life Extension Project worked on initiatives such as the life-extension of an orangutan named "Joop" celebrating its 105th birthday. It also provided financial backing for the DHARMA Initiative on islands in the South Pacific. The Foundation has offices in Copenhagen, Denmark; Vík, Iceland; Seoul, Korea; Zanzibar, Tanzania; and Santa Barbara, California. The Alvar Hanso Cancer Center was constructed in Geneva, Switzerland.

The Foundation slogan is: The Hanso Foundation. Reaching out to a better tomorrow.

Active projectsEdit

A number of "active projects" of the Foundation are listed on the website.

Mathematical Forecasting Initiative
Mathematical Forecasting Initiative

The Mathematical Forecasting Initiative uses cutting-edge theory to anticipate the twists and turns of humanity's story. By understanding and modeling the mathematic probability of seismic human events, The Hanso Foundation can illuminate the path ahead and provide a true road map to the betterment of humanity.

World Wellness and Prevention Development Program
Worldwide Wellness and Prevention Development Program

The Worldwide Wellness and Prevention Development Program is described as "the heart and soul" of The Hanso Foundation's work. The Program's work is further said to be a far-reaching educational initiative, designed to teach the basics of sanitation, nutrition and disease prevention to the world.

Mental Health Appeal
Mental Health Appeal

The Hanso Foundation's Mental Health Appeal is a world-spanning system of clinics seeking revolutionary new treatments. It is nothing short of a crusade to rid us all of the spectre of debilitating illnesses that truly hold hostage the human race's drive for a better future.

Electromagnetic Research Initiative
Electromagnetic Research Initiative

From the simplest touch to the most complex chemical reaction, electromagnetism is at work. From the most rudimentary compass to the most advanced supercomputer, electromagnetism is at work. From the magnetosphere’s deflection of cosmic rays to the ionosphere’s reflection of radio-waves, electromagnetism is at work.

Institute of Genomic Advancement
Institute for Genomic Advancement

The Institute for Genomic Advancement is dedicated to the extension of the previous Human Genome Project to its most logical conclusions, believing that once our building blocks are laid bare, the future we build on will have no limit.

Life Extension Project
Life Extension Project

The Life Extension Project can be described as the grand summation of all of the Foundation's work from prevention and wellness to the development of new gene therapies and the development of young minds is nothing less than the extension of life itself.

The Hanso Foundation as part of The Lost ExperienceEdit


The domain was registered on July 18, 2005 by ABC On May 2, 2006, coinciding with the debut of Lost season 2 in the UK, the Hanso Foundation site was used as part of "The Lost Experience", an alternate reality game which ABC had previously announced on April 24, 2006.

ABC stated the game would be launched on May 2 in the UK, May 3 and 17 in the USA and May 4 in Australia. On May 2 in the UK, May 3 in the USA and May 4 in Australia, each episode of Lost broadcast that day included Hanso Foundation advertisements in the commercial breaks, which included a toll-free phone number to call. Calling the number gave information, including a password for the Hanso website and access to the voicemail of Hanso executives.

In addition to the content shown openly on the site, fans of Lost have found additional pages and information hidden in easter eggs, by decompiling the Flash files on the site. On May 9, advertisements were published in various national newspapers by the Lost production team condemning the metafictional novel Bad Twin.

During the Lost Experience, an actor portraying fictional executive Hugh McIntyre appeared on Jimmy Kimmel Live. During the appearance, on May 24, 2006, McIntyre stated that the Foundation had canceled the DHARMA Initiative in 1987 and did not know why the producers of "Lost" have attached the Initiative or the Foundation to their show.


During the Lost Experience, documents and other information was released to suggest that the management of the Foundation was scandalous and, in some cases, criminal. For example, some executives were revealed to have falsely reported the extent of their education in their biographies. One executive was caught in an extramarital affair. Others defended tobacco companies, nuclear power plants and an oil company that dumped chemical waste in Florida. Another executive was sentenced to eight years for insider trading which he subsidized through a retirement fund for a health care union.


Alvar Hanso 2
Alvar Hanso

Alvar Hanso was a Philanthropist, Industrialist, and Munitions Magnate who began an organization known as The Hanso Foundation. Alvar is a very private individual and little is known about his personal life. Alvar is also the father of Rachel Blake.


Dr. Thomas Werner Mittelwerk

In his role as President of The Hanso Foundation, Mittelwerk's leaderhip has ensured prodigious contributions to numerous scientific disciplines, all in the name of insuring a better future for the whole of humanity.

Hugh McIntyre

A veteran U.N. translator with an extensive background in public relations, Communications Director Hugh McIntyre serves as the public voice of The Hanso Foundation.

Peter Thompson

A direct beneficiary of Alvar Hanso's vision, Thompson works tirelessly to protect the Hanso Foundation's humanitarian efforts - his sweeping future for all.

Board of DirectorsEdit

Jacob Vanderfield

Jacob Vanderfield is a member of the Board of Directors for the Hanso Foundation. In 1986, he was arrested for taking bribes from a Chinese cigarette smuggling syndicate.

Lawrence Peck

Lawrence is member of the Board of Directors for the Hanso Foundation. In 1986, he was sentenced to 8 years for insider trading which he subsidized through a retirement fund for a health care union.

Dick Cheever

Dick Cheever is a member of the Board of Directors for the Hanso Foundation, other than that, little is know about him.

Liddy Wales

Little is known about Liddy Wales, she is a member of the Board of Directors for the Hanso Foundation.


Dr. Amy Honale

Dr. Amy Honale is an employee of the Hanso Foundation working at a hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. She is a part of the Worldwide Wellness and Prevention Development Program.

Receptionist Hanso

She is the Receptionist that greets and instructs you on how to use and navigate the Hanso Foundation's website.


Irene is the secretary for Peter Thompson, after reaching Peter's voicemail, a message from Irene is present advising that he is not in.

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