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Keith Comito – President

Keith Comito is a computer programmer and mathematician whose work brings together a variety of disciplines to provoke thought and promote social change. He has created video games, bioinformatics programs, musical applications, and biotechnology projects featured in Forbes and NPR.

In addition to developing high-profile mobile applications, he explores the intersection of technology and biology at the Brooklyn community lab Genspace, where he helped to create games which allow players to direct the motion of microscopic organisms.

He earned a B.S. in Mathematics, B.S. in Computer science, and M.S. in Applied Mathematics at Hofstra University, where his work included analysis of the LMNA protein.

Oliver Medvedik, Ph.D. — Vice President

Oliver Medvedik, Co-founder of Genspace citizen science laboratory in Brooklyn NY, earned his Ph.D. at Harvard Medical School in the Biomedical and Biological Sciences program.

As part of his doctoral work he has used single-celled budding yeast as a model system to map the genetic pathways that underlie the processes of aging in more complex organisms, such as humans. He has worked as a biotechnology consultant, taught molecular biology to numerous undergraduates at Harvard University and mentored two of Harvard’s teams for the international genetically engineered machines competition (IGEM) held annually at M.I.T.

Richard Kaufman —Treasurer

Richard Kaufman has designed circuits for Audio Alchemy, is a co-holder of patents for antenna design, and has worked in financial software developing database design and access methods.

He is currently researching and importing botanical extracts from China for cosmetic, agricultural and other applications.

Apneet Jolly

Apneet Jolly is a computer security specialist, bio-hacker and professional photographer (specializing in conference/event photography). Jolly lives a nomadic life of curiosity, fun, and adventure.

With a voracious self-education habit, Jolly spends each day learning, growing, and improving his quality of life. Known as “that guy” at health and wellness conferences world-wide.

Ryan Bethencourt

Ryan Bethencourt prides himself on disrupting the current status quo in both medical and consumer biotech. He heads up Life Sciences at the XPRIZE Foundation, tasked with the development of Life Science XPRIZE’s which drive radical breakthroughs. Ryan is also the Co-Founder and CEO of Berkeley Biolabs, a biotech accelerator and the co-founder of Sudo Room and Counter Culture Labs (where he still retains a board seat).

Over the last decade, Ryan has worked in the biopharmaceutical industry to develop novel drugs from first IND submission to FDA approval with many major biopharma’s including Pfizer, AZ, J&J, Sanofi, Takeda, Amgen, Genentech and other companies in the US, EU and Japan. He’s also served as COO at Genescient Pharmaceuticals and CEO of Halpin Neurosciences. Ryan’s work has been featured in Techcrunch, Forbes, The Financial Times, Nature, The San Francisco Business times and he regularly speaks on biotech innovation. He received a Bachelor of Science in Biological Science and Genetics from Warwick University and a Master’s from Cambridge University in Bioscience Enterprise.

Paul A. Spiegel, J.D.

Paul Spiegel graduated cum laude from the University of California, Berkeley in 1979 and from Boalt Hall School of Law in 1983. He has attended Harvard Law School, the University of Paris, Sorbonne, and International Christian University in Tokyo. Trained in international business law, he worked on Wall Street, on Montgomery Street and in Tokyo before entering private practice in IP, business and entertainment law in San Francisco.

Long an advocate of progressive ideas and causes, he has focused on the biology of aging and regenerative medicine since learning about the work of Dr. Aubrey de Grey in 2005 through a long friendship with John Furber of Legendary Pharmaceuticals. Mr. Spiegel currently advises clients in biotechnology and longevity science, and is researching legal issues relating to a greatly-extended human lifespan.

Mr. Spiegel sits on the Board of Directors of the International Longevity Alliance and the American Longevity Alliance and is an advisor to the Lifeboat Foundation. An ardent transhumanist, he is a member of Humanity+ and and is also researching social, legal and operational issues relating to the possibility of substrate-independent minds and a potentially immortal humanity.

Èrico Lopez

Èrico Lopez is AI Researcher at Robots Without Borders, Joomla Resources Directory Technical Development and Configuration Support at Joomla, Creator / Lead Developer at StarlightOS, CTO at CNP Integrations, and Lead Developer for The Venus Project.

Èrico was previously Lead Developer at Videoneat, Lead Developer at TROM Documentary: the reality of me, DP of Physics Web site Developer at UFSCAR – Federal University of São Carlos, Developer at Sistema Ágil, and Website Developer at Faculdades Integradas de Bauru.

He earned his Bachelor’s Degree in Graphic Design at the Instituto de Ensino Superior de Bauru, Brazil in 2012. He also graduated as a Computer Programmer from Liceu Noroeste Bauru in 1998.

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Andrew Aiello

Andrew Aiello is a digital development & marketing expert that leads successful campaigns and development projects for several fortune 500 companies and non-profit organizations. He is a Google certified professional who regularly attends Google’s annual All Stars Summit in Mountain View, California, and is experienced in various online marketing disciplines including paid search, SEO, and programmatic campaigns.

Andrew clearly demonstrates how these digital tools can grow any type of organization. He has led and continues to lead highly successful digital development and marketing campaigns for local and national firms.

Andrew graduated with a bachelor’s in communication design from Pratt Institute, Brooklyn, NY.

Steve Hill

Steve Hill is the leader of the Athena project – a research project of LEAF aimed at fostering the development of technologies to address aging processes. His background in project management and administration has helped him to build a united team of social media and outreach professionals for effective fundraising, while his additional knowledge of biology and statistical data analysis allows him to carefully assess and coordinate the scientific groups involved in the project.

As a scientific writer and a devoted advocate of healthy longevity technologies Steve has provided the community with multiple educational articles, interviews and podcasts, helping the general public to better understand aging and the means to modify its dynamics. His materials can be found at H+ Magazine, Longevity reporter, Psychology Today and Singularity Weblog. He is a co-author of the book “Aging Prevention for All” – a guide for the general public exploring evidence-based means to extend healthy life (in press).

Recently Steve was heavily involved in two successful crowdfunding campaigns in support of research in gerontology. He lead the Major Mouse Testing Program (MMTP) for the International Longevity Alliance, and helped the team of the SENS Research Foundation to reach their goal for the OncoSENS campaign for cancer research

Elena Milova — Secretary

Elena has been a longevity activist and advocate since 2013, when she first started to organize educational events to make new evidence-based methods of healthy life extension more popular.

The last few years have seen Elena leading some successful projects in Russia, aimed at spreading the idea of healthy longevity among decision makers as well as the general public. Several years of lobbying resulted in the inclusion of her propositions in the strategic program documents of the Russian Federation related to the problems of the elderly. She is a co-author of the book “Aging Prevention for All” (in Russian, 2015), where, among other topics, she is sharing how to facilitate the adoption of the healthy lifestyle to promote the period of good health.

Elena is an Honorary Member of the International Longevity Alliance, supporting the various advocacy projects of this group. In 2015, she helped to shape and coordinate the successful crowdfunding campaign of the Major Mouse Testing Program – a study of Senolytic drug combinations on mouse lifespan.

Previously Elena has worked as a project manager in the pharmaceutical and advertisement industries, helping to promote new drugs and therapies. This experience helped her to realize that the existing therapies were not 100% effective and could not completely stop age-related diseases – which has ignited an interest for the development of innovative therapies.

Elena graduated with a bachelor’s in both psychology and foreign languages and is now working to earn her PhD in sociology in relation to public attitudes towards life extension technologies.

Javier Noris

Javier’s primary focus is on very early stage science investing. (AI, robotics, synBio, medtech, diagnostics, therapeutics, etc).

He co-founded ScienceVest (YC F3), a fund and platform for hard-tech and life science companies, and Impact Science Angels, an angel group focused on investing in companies that can impact 1MM+ lives.

Javier has an academic background in biotechnology & economics and is a self-taught software engineer. In a past life Javier worked in India improving technical skills gaps and agricultural technology. He has served as judge for multiple startup pitch competitions and frequently writes on a number of topics(science investing, impact investing, pre-clinical drug discovery, learning to code and more).