PROFESSOR GEORGE CHURCH
George Church is Professor of Genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of PersonalGenomes.org, which provides the world’s only open-access information on human Genomic, Environmental & Trait data (GET). His 1984 Harvard PhD included the first methods for direct genome sequencing, molecular multiplexing & barcoding. These led to the first genome sequence (pathogen, Helicobacter pylori) in 1994 . His innovations have contributed to nearly all “next generation” genome sequencing methods and companies (CGI, Life, Illumina, nanopore). This plus chip-based DNA synthesis and stem cell engineering resulted in founding additional application-based companies spanning fields of medical diagnostics ( Knome, Alacris, AbVitro, Pathogenica ) & synthetic biology / therapeutics ( Joule, Gen9, Editas, Egenesis, enEvolv, WarpDrive ).
He has also pioneered new privacy, bio-safety , environmental & bio-security policies. He is director of NIH Center for Excellence in Genomic Science. His honors include election to NAS & NAE & Franklin Bower Laureate for Achievement in Science. He has coauthored 370 papers, 60 patents & one book (Regenesis).
JOHN SCHLOENDORN, PHD
John Schloendorn, PhD founded Gene And Cell Technologies in 2013 and serves as its Chief Exectuive Officer. Prior to founding Gene And Cell Technologies, John was the CEO of ImmunePath, a venture-backed regenerative medicine startup. At ImmunePath, John oversaw the development of immune cell therapies from embryonic stem cells from 2009 to 2012. Even though ImmunePath finished with positive pre-clinical results, it was ultimately unable to raise enough money for a clinical trial and closed its doors in 2012. John also served as the Director of SENS Foundation’s intramural Research Center from 2006 to 2009, where he oversaw the development of enzyme therapies for age-related storage diseases and a variety of other projects through the pre-clinical stages. A native of Germany, John holds a Green Card under the National Interest Waiver, a program designed to retain technology leaders considered of national interest to the USA. At his young age of 34, he is author of several pubmed-indexed publications and inventor on several active patent applications.
ALI FALLAH, PHD
Ali Fallah PhD, CSO is a specialist in the field of gene therapy. He is Co-founder and CEO of RNAx Ltd., a company specializing in RNA based therapeutics, Co-founder & CEO at Mede Bioeconomy, and both the President and Co-founder of the Iranian Institute of Cell and Gene Therapy He has a Ph.D in molecular medicine from Tehran University and has worked in both stem cells and genetics. He has worked with some of the most promising genes considered to have 'anti-aging' properties. He is a master of gene therapy building and a long time advocate for curing disease. Ali believes that reading and writing life's code will be the way of the future.
BILL ANDREWS PHD
Dr. Bill Andrews PhD 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.
In his 32 year biotech career, he has focused the last 20 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 45 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 61, 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.
AUBREY DE GREY, PHD
Aubrey de Grey, PhD. Chief Science Officer and Co-founder of SENS 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.
Matthew Scholz is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Immusoft, a biotech start-up firm that is developing a breakthrough technology that will turn a patient’s B cells into miniature drug factories. Longer term, this technology has the potential to transform the landscape of biomedicine.
With a background in computer security, Matthew’s initial concept for Immusoft’s core technology was based on using high speed cryptographic hardware to develop novel proteins to fight pathogens. In 2008, Matthew began conducting independent research in immunology and gene therapy and seeking input from some of the world’s top scientists. By 2009, he dramatically evolved the initial concept after conceiving how a research system developed by Nobel Laureate and former President of Caltech, David Baltimore, could be modified for a practical application: programming resting B cells to secrete therapeutic proteins. Matthew negotiated an exclusive license to the system, then developed and patented a way to improve its efficiency nearly seven-fold, thus making it clinically viable. This modified system is the core of Immusoft’s technology platform.
Along the way, Matthew has recruited a world-class team of scientists and biotech business experts to build Immusoft’s core technology and shape and drive the company. Immusoft’s extensive list of advisors includes experts in immunology, cell therapy, gene therapy, preclinical and clinical development, and CEOs of successful biotech companies. Matthew has also led Immusoft’s highly successful fundraising efforts. In March 2012, Immusoft was among the first to be awarded the Thiel Foundation’s Breakout Labs grant. The start-up has also received a grant from the National Institutes of Health and funds from private investors. In addition, Matthew has secured several valuable collaborations, including nearly $100k of work at no charge from academic labs during the company’s proof of concept stage.
With Immusoft as his third venture, Matthew has 13 years of experience connecting real-world needs with cutting-edge technical solutions. Prior projects include mobile application development and GPS-based fleet logistics (a start-up that he sold in 2009). He holds a degree in computer science from the University of Washington and is a frequent speaker at the University of Washington School of Business. Matthew also serves as mentor for the Thiel Fellowship, a program that awards $100k grants to some of the brightest scientific minds in the world who are under age 20.
HERNANDO RAMIREZ LLINAS
Hernando Ramirez Llinas is a Biotechnology and Nanotechnology expert. He is also a Systems and Computer Engineer (Computer Science), University of Los Andes. He has done work and in-depth research in Molecular Biology, Artificial Intelligence, Nanotechnology, Bioengineering and Cryonics. BioViva is honored to have him on the team.
Currently contained in the Silver Edition of the book “Who’s Who in the World”. Chosen to appear in the book “2000 Outstanding Intellectuals of the 21st Century”. Nominated for “International Engineer of the Year 2008” by IBC in Cambridge, England. Co-founder of the Colombia-Purdue Institute for Advanced Scientific Research. Mr Llinas worked as a Professor for 20 years. He was selected by EU4M-Consortium of European Union as professor in Erasmus Mundus, Mechatronics & Micromechatronics Master. He has been interviewed by History Channel. Multiple TV and newspaper interviews. Member of 17 Scientific & Research Societies He has been a lecturer in more than 50 seminars in different countries Hernando is working with BioViva to explore opportunities in Colombia and Latin America.
Anders Sandberg has a background in computer science, neuroscience and medical engineering. He obtained his Ph.D. from Stockholm University for work on neural network modelling of human memory. He is currently senior researcher at the Future of Humanity Institute in the Oxford Martin School, at Oxford University. His research centers on societal and ethical issues surrounding human enhancement, management of low-probability high-impact risks, estimating the capabilities of future technologies, and very long-range futures. He is senior Oxford Martin fellow, and research associate of the Oxford Uehiro Centre for Practical Ethics, the Oxford Centre for Neuroethics, the Center for the Study of Bioethics (Belgrade), and the Institute of Future Studies (Stockholm).