Dr. Bill Andrews
Sierra Sciences, President and CEO
Dr. Bill Andrews is the President and CEO of Sierra Sciences. As a scientist, athlete and executive, he continually pushes the envelope and challenges convention. He has been featured in Popular Science, The Today Show and numerous documentaries on the topic of life extension including, most recently, the movie The Immortalists in which he co-stars with Aubrey de Grey.
In his 36 year biotech career, he has focused the last 24 years on finding ways to extend the human lifespan and healthspan through telomere maintenance.
As one of the principal discoverers of both the RNA and protein components of human telomerase, Dr. Andrews was awarded 2nd place as “National Inventor of the Year” in 1997. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Population Genetics at the University of Georgia in 1981. He has served as Senior Scientist at Armos Corporation and Codon Corporation, Director of Molecular Biology at Berlex Biosciences and at Geron Corporation, and Director of Technology Development at EOS Biosciences.
He is also a named inventor on over 50 US issued patents on telomerase and author of numerous scientific research studies published in peer reviewed scientific journals.
Bill is also an avid ultramarathon runner. At the age of 65, he regularly competes in 100k and 100+ mile runs often finishing at the top of his age group. These grueling races have taken him all over the world to race in some of the most extreme environments, from Death Valley to the Himalayas. His running is presently featured in the movie The High.
Extending telomeres to reverse the clock of aging and declining health:
Lengthening of telomeres using the enzyme telomerase is a protocol that has demonstrated age reversal in experimental models. Longer telomeres not only increased the energy in old mice, but also restored their ability to breed, restored their brain function, revitalized their internal organs, and made them look and behave young again. Bill will also be discussing the roles that telomerase and telomere lengthening play in the prevention and treatment of diseases. An emphasis will be placed on showing how telomerase and telomere lengthening not only helps prevent cancer but also increases the body’s ability to fight cancer.