Our Team

Dr. Bill Andrews

Founder & President

Dr. Andrews is the founder and President of Sierra Science LLC, a biotech company in Reno, Nevada focused exclusively on finding drugs that will transiently induce the expression of endogenous telomerase in human cells. Dr. Andrews earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Population Genetics at the University of Georgia in 1981. He was a Senior Scientist at Armos Corp and Codon Corp, Director of Molecular Biology at Codon and at Geron Corp, and Director of Technology Development at EOS Biosciences.

While Director of Molecular Biology at Geron Corp from 1992 to 1997, Dr. Andrews was one of the principal discoverers of both the RNA and protein components of human telomerase and was awarded 2nd place as "National Inventor of the Year" in 1997 for this work. He a named inventor on 45 US issued telomerase patents.

Dr. Andrews is highly respected and widely known for his expertise and passion for curing aging and TEDS. He has been a featured expert in many documentaries and is a frequent guest speaker at prestigious events. Dr. Andrews is also an ultra marathon runner whose ultimate goal is to run a 7-minute mile at the age of 130.

Laura A. Briggs, Ph.D.

Vice President of Research and Discovery

Laura Briggs received her B.S. degree in Nutrition in 1993 and her Ph.D. in Environmental Science and Health in 2000 from the University of Nevada, Reno. After a one-year post-doctoral position at UNR she joined Sierra Sciences, known as Andrews Inc in 2001. In addition to coordinating research and development at Sierra Sciences, Dr. Briggs is also serving as the biology Lab Coordinator for Truckee Meadows Community College (TMCC) and has collaborated on research projects at the V.A. Medical Center in Reno, Nevada.