Bryant Villeponteau, Ph.D. (President and CSO) has 30 years of scientific leadership experience and about 60 journal and patent publications. Dr. Villeponteau holds a B.A. in Economics, a M.A. in Biostatistics, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UCLA. Bryant was Assistant Research Chemist in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA for 4 years and Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan Medical School for 6 years. Bryant then led a research group at Geron Corporation for 4.5 years, where he was the lead inventor in cloning human telomerase, thereby wining the Distinguished Inventor Award for the 2nd best US patent of 1997. As the Champion of Telomerase Therapeutics at Geron, he also worked on human stem cells, which were pioneered by Geron in the 90s. Bryant then joined HealthSpan Sciences, Inc. as CSO and later served as CEO for three years. For the next 8 years, Dr. Villeponteau served as a VP/consultant for Sierra Sciences. From September of 2008 to present, Dr. Villeponteau has been the VP of R & D with Genescient Corporation. Bryant also cofounded Centagen, incorporated in January of 2009, and Life Code LLC in October of 2010 to market Stem Cell 100TM.
Carl Fowler, BSEE. (C0O) has been involved in the medical industry since 1987. He originally developed software for use in medical clinics and laboratories. Later after the internet became commercial, he cofounded Scan Genius, LLC the first business to business internet company to automate procurement for the health food store industry. The company created a system to link together thousands of health food stores with hundreds of manufactures and distributors. It replaced manual ordering previously done with pencil, paper, and FAX machines with bar code scanning data submitted over the internet. The company also created a uniform electronic database with tens of thousands of products and a sophisticated online market place. Starting in 2003 he became involved in internet marketing of nutritional products and medical services and has been directly responsible for millions of dollars of sales in both areas. Carl also cofounded Centagen, incorporated in January of 2009, and Life Code LLC in October of 2010 to market Stem Cell 100TM.
Gregory Benford, Ph. D. (Chairman) Gregory Benford is a Professor Emeritus at the University of California, Irvine, where he was Professor of Physics. He is a Woodrow Wilson Fellow, a Fellow of the American Physical Society and was Visiting Fellow at Cambridge University and the Universities of Turin and Bologna. In 1995 he received the Lord Prize for contributions to science. With more than 200 scientific publications, his research encompasses both theory and experiments in the fields of astrophysics and plasma physics. His research has been supported by NSF, NASA, AFOSR, DOE and other agencies. He is an ongoing advisor to NASA, DARPA (Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency) and the CIA. Dr. Benford is also the author of more than thirty books, nearly all still in print. His work has won many awards, including the Nebula Award for his novel Timescape. His non-fiction Deep Time received much praise in 1999 and he won the United Nations Medal in literature in 1994. Dr. Benford cofounded Genescient Corporation in 2006.
Pierluigi Zappacosta, MS Standford. Pierluigi was cofounder of Logitech in 1981 and was both CEO and President, among other roles. He was instrumental in taking the company public in Switzerland in 1988 and on the NASDAQ exchange in 1997, raising a total of $60 million. When Pierluigi left in 1998, revenues had risen to $400 million. Logitech revenues in 2010 were $2 billion. Pierluigi is also a Director of a number of private companies and was recently CEO and President of the telomerase biotech company Sierra Sciences for many years.