The responses to my blog posts tell me that many of you readers out there join me in being telomerase life-extension aficionados. In case you don’t already know about it, you might want to have a look at the Sierra Sciences website. Sierra Sciences is a small biotech research company (30 scientists), completely devoted to discovering new activators of the telomerase gene to serve the cause of human longevity. The company was founded by Bill Andrews, one of the discoverers of the telomerase gene back when he was in charge of the molecular biology research group at Geron.
Going to the Sierra Sciences website you are greeted by a video presentation featuring Bill Andrews. Going on to the home page you are greeted with the slogan “Cure Aging of Die Trying,” which I can personally identify with. “Sierra Sciences, LLC is a company devoted to finding ways to extend our healthspans and lifespans beyond the theoretical maximum of 125 years.”
Basically, the company is screening substances, searching for telomerase inducers. The home page reports: “As of January 20, 2010: We have screened 189,264 compounds — We have found 555 telomerase inducers — These represent 34 distinct drug families — Most potent compound = 6% of goal — Check back frequently for updates! — We are screening 4,000 compounds per week”.
The website features a few fairly current video presentations relating to telomerase as well as older ones. Finally, the company is seeking the involvement of others: “Sierra Sciences is seeking individuals passionate about finding the cure for aging to get involved in the company at levels of grant funding, strategy, and management. — We are looking for individuals who will be interested in giving us their input on strategies and helping us to take whatever steps necessary to achieve this cure within our lifetimes.”