Our Development team

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Dr Bill Andrews, Ph.D.

President & CEO

Dr. Andrews earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and 3 Population Genetics at the University of Georgia, America in 1981. He was a Senior Scientist at Armos Corporation and Codon Corporation, Director of Molecular Biology at Codon and at Geron Corporation, and Director of Technology Development at EOS Biosciences.

While Director of Molecular Biology at Geron Corporation 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 is presently a named inventor on 35 US issued telomerase patents.

Telomerize’s mission is to cure TEDS, thus virtually eliminating all age-­‐related diseases that most of us view, pessimistically, as inevitable. In curing TEDS other market opportunities present themselves. Also on a mission to cure disease and injury is the Stem Cell Therapy Industry. They have progressed dramatically and are becoming more widely accepted as a way to prevent and cure with an increasing amount of people choosing Stem Cell therapy to treat cancer, Alzheimer’s, brain damage, spinal cord injury, heart damage, vision impairment, infertility and diabetes just to name a few. Telomerize Ltd will start by offering solutions to the Stem Cell Industry. This will be a relatively quick turnaround project from research to development and create ongoing cash flow from sales which we will use for development of future projects. Once an income stream is created from our Stem Cell Gene Therapy we will move into stage two of our development which is to create direct gene therapies to cure TEDS in pets (the animal market)


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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, which is now known as Andrews Inc in 2001. In addition to coordinating research and development at Sierra Sciences, Dr. Briggs is also currently 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.


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Lancer Brown, M.S.

Program Director of Screening

Lancer Brown received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Biotechnology in 2003 from the University of Nevada, Reno and was one of three students in the inaugural advanced BS/MS Biotechnology Program. He distinguished himself by being the first student to complete the program. Lancer came to Sierra Sciences as an intern while completing his degree. Following graduation, he joined Sierra Sciences full-time where he has proven to have remarkable ability to engineer genes and DNA. He has recently been promoted to program director of screening.


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Hamid Mohammadpour, Ph.D.

Dr. Mohammadpour has been a senior scientist at Sierra Sciences for over a decade, and currently heads the Cell Biology department, where he oversees the cell culture fundamental to the company’s screening efforts. In addition to tissue and cell culture, he also specializes in protein chemistry and molecular biology.

For over twenty years, Dr. Mohammadpour has been a researcher at several Universities and biotech companies. He has a B.S. in chemistry from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and worked for the University of Nebraska Medical center. Prior to completing his Ph.D. in cell and molecular biology, he was a researcher at the University of Nevada School of Medicine.


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Terry McAfee

Vice President of Finance

Terry McAfee leads the finance and administrative functions of Andrews Inc. He is responsible for financial and government reporting, financial planning and budgeting, and human resources. Mr. McAfee is a financial and business planning professional who has held financial leadership roles with Porsche Cars North America, Bank of America and Swift Newspapers. He has also advised a diverse array of clients in manufacturing, e-commerce and services. Mr. McAfee is a Nevada Certified Public Accountant and an active board member of the Reno Chapter of the Institute ofManagement Accountants.