Our Leadership team

Life Length has assembled a multidisciplinary team of professionals with extensive experience in management, business and science.

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Stephen J. Matlin

Chief Executive Officer

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Steve is Life Length’s Chairman and CEO as well as a founding shareholder. He has led the Company since inception and assisted in establishing the company as the world leader in telomere measurements and diagnostics. Steve brings twenty-five years’ experience as a senior executive, entrepreneur and investment banker to the Company. Mr. Matlin obtained his MBA at Harvard Business School and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

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Juan Pablo Rodríguez Castejón

Non-Executive Vice-Chairman

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Juan Pablo is the Non-Executive Vice-Chairman of Life Length. He possesses over 25 years’ experience in Investment Banking, Finance, Management Consulting and Industry. He is the former CEO of Rothschild Investment Banking Spanish operations. Currently, he holds a number of different Advisory and Board positions in a variety of Spanish and International companies. These companies operate in different sectors and countries and, normally, have leading positions in their respective markets. He holds a Bachelor in Law and Business Administration Diploma from ICADE University in Madrid. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

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Pilar Najarro, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer & Laboratory Director

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Dr. Pilar Najarro is Life Length’s COO and Laboratory Director.  She possesses over 20 years’ international experience in life sciences industries. Dr. Najarro obtained her Ph.D. in cellular biology from SUNY in New York, later expanding her research interests at Imperial College in London. She subsequently worked in both small innovative biotech companies and large pharma at (AstraZeneca). She has also extensive experience in technology transfer and licensing during her work as a biotech consultant and in business development for one Spain´s most important translational research initiatives, CIMA, before joining Life Length in 2014.

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PATRICIA RADER

Administration Manager

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Patricia is Admin. Manager at Life Length and PA to the CEO. Patricia provides support to each department of the company. She is in charge of all relationships with international suppliers and collaborators, and is responsible for sample transport logistics. Patricia studied Translation and Interpretation at the University of Granada and then obtained a Trilingual Assistant degree at Maurice Ravel School in Paris. She completed her training later in Madrid with an International Executive Master’s degree for PA, and a Public Relations and Protocol Master’s degree; both delivered by the Spanish Secretarial Professional Council and the European Council of Personal Assistants. Previously she worked as executive assistant in the Italian retail firm Giorgio Armani Spain. Patricia speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.

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Yéssica Fernández-Cruz

Sales & Marketing Director

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Yessica is Sales & Marketing Director at Life Length. She is focusing on supporting partners in European, Asian and American markets as well as directing the digital marketing and media relationships of Life Length. She has worked for more than five years in the field of preventive medicine, coming from being Project Coordinator and International Relations at the Fernandez-Cruz Foundation in the Area of Cancer and CVD prevention education programs. Yessica holds Master’s degrees in Digital Marketing and in Economic Development and a B.S. in Translation interpreting. Yessica is trilingual in English, Dutch, and Spanish and also speaks fluent German, French, Italian and basic Japanese.

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María Diez, Ph.D.

Lab Manager

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Dr. María Diez oversees the smooth running of the lab and is in charge of compliance and quality related documentation. During her final university studies she joined the laboratory of Dr. Manuel Guzmán at the Complutense University of Madrid, studying the proapoptotic effect of cannabinoids on a tumoral cell line. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid under the direction of Dra. María Teresa Miras Portugal and Dr. Miguel Díaz Hernández, focused on purinergic neurotransmission. During her thesis she joined Dr. Herbert Zimmermann’s laboratory at the Goethe Universitat in Frankfurt, where she worked on the study of ectonucleotidases which evolved into her thesis on the effect of one of these enzymes on axonal growth. In addition, she collaborated with Dr. J.J. Lucas at the Centro de Biología Molecular “Severo Ochoa” in Madrid, extending the work of her thesis to the study of one purinergic receptor on Huntington’s Disease.

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Rafael Higuera

IT and Data Manager

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Rafael Higuera is Life Length’s IT and Data Manager. He is responsible for overseeing data processing and modelling as well as all IT processes related to report calculation, generation and delivery. He holds an Engineering degree in computer science from the University of Valladolid and has over 10 years’ experience in design, managing, and developing software in the aerospace, telecommunications and electrical utility industries. He is an expert in creation of real – time, multi-threading systems, and process automation. Rafael speaks native Spanish and is fluent in English.

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Juan Camilo Estrada Rodríguez, Ph.D.

R&D Manager

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Dr. Juan Camilo Estrada received his Bachelor in Biochemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the prestigious National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases (CNIC). During his Ph.D. program he focused in the study of oxidative stress on genetic stability and biosafety of human stem cells for his therapeutic application. After his doctorate, he specialized in the study of non-canonical activity of telomerase in the cell metabolism and senescence. His works has allowed him to participate in various international conferences and publish several scientific articles in the arena of regenerative medicine and ageing, and develop a patent to identifying new genetic and transcriptional biomarkers of cellular senescence in culture. Dr. Estrada has extensive experience in the field of human molecular cytogenetic with strong handling of different probes (PNA, CEP and LSI) for the chromosome labeling by classic fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and derived techniques as multicolor FISH (M-FISH) and quantitative FISH (Q-FISH).

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Stephen J. Matlin

Chief Executive Officer

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Steve is Life Length’s Chairman and CEO as well as a founding shareholder. He has led the Company since inception and assisted in establishing the company as the world leader in telomere measurements and diagnostics. Steve brings twenty-five years’ experience as a senior executive, entrepreneur and investment banker to the Company. Mr. Matlin obtained his MBA at Harvard Business School and his undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College.

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Juan Pablo Rodríguez Castejón

Non-Executive Vice-Chairman

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Juan Pablo is the Non-Executive Vice-Chairman of Life Length. He possesses over 25 years’ experience in Investment Banking, Finance, Management Consulting and Industry. He is the former CEO of Rothschild Investment Banking Spanish operations. Currently, he holds a number of different Advisory and Board positions in a variety of Spanish and International companies. These companies operate in different sectors and countries and, normally, have leading positions in their respective markets. He holds a Bachelor in Law and Business Administration Diploma from ICADE University in Madrid. He is fluent in Spanish, English, French and Italian.

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Pilar Najarro, Ph.D.

Chief Operating Officer & Laboratory Director

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Dr. Pilar Najarro is Life Length’s COO and Laboratory Director.  She possesses over 20 years’ international experience in life sciences industries. Dr. Najarro obtained her Ph.D. in cellular biology from SUNY in New York, later expanding her research interests at Imperial College in London. She subsequently worked in both small innovative biotech companies and large pharma at (AstraZeneca). She has also extensive experience in technology transfer and licensing during her work as a biotech consultant and in business development for one Spain´s most important translational research initiatives, CIMA, before joining Life Length in 2014.

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PATRICIA RADER

Administration Manager

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Patricia is Admin. Manager at Life Length and PA to the CEO. Patricia provides support to each department of the company. She is in charge of all relationships with international suppliers and collaborators, and is responsible for sample transport logistics. Patricia studied Translation and Interpretation at the University of Granada and then obtained a Trilingual Assistant degree at Maurice Ravel School in Paris. She completed her training later in Madrid with an International Executive Master’s degree for PA, and a Public Relations and Protocol Master’s degree; both delivered by the Spanish Secretarial Professional Council and the European Council of Personal Assistants. Previously she worked as executive assistant in the Italian retail firm Giorgio Armani Spain. Patricia speaks English, French, Spanish and Italian.

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Yéssica Fernández-Cruz

Sales & Marketing Director

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Yessica is Sales & Marketing Director at Life Length. She is focusing on supporting partners in European, Asian and American markets as well as directing the digital marketing and media relationships of Life Length. She has worked for more than five years in the field of preventive medicine, coming from being Project Coordinator and International Relations at the Fernandez-Cruz Foundation in the Area of Cancer and CVD prevention education programs. Yessica holds Master’s degrees in Digital Marketing and in Economic Development and a B.S. in Translation interpreting. Yessica is trilingual in English, Dutch, and Spanish and also speaks fluent German, French, Italian and basic Japanese.

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María Diez, Ph.D.

Lab Manager

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Dr. María Diez oversees the smooth running of the lab and is in charge of compliance and quality related documentation. During her final university studies she joined the laboratory of Dr. Manuel Guzmán at the Complutense University of Madrid, studying the proapoptotic effect of cannabinoids on a tumoral cell line. She obtained her Ph.D. in Biochemistry at the Complutense University of Madrid under the direction of Dra. María Teresa Miras Portugal and Dr. Miguel Díaz Hernández, focused on purinergic neurotransmission. During her thesis she joined Dr. Herbert Zimmermann’s laboratory at the Goethe Universitat in Frankfurt, where she worked on the study of ectonucleotidases which evolved into her thesis on the effect of one of these enzymes on axonal growth. In addition, she collaborated with Dr. J.J. Lucas at the Centro de Biología Molecular “Severo Ochoa” in Madrid, extending the work of her thesis to the study of one purinergic receptor on Huntington’s Disease.

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Juan Camilo Estrada Rodríguez, Ph.D.

R&D Manager

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Dr. Juan Camilo Estrada received his Bachelor in Biochemistry from the Autonomous University of Madrid. He earned his Ph.D. in Molecular Biology at the prestigious National Center for Cardiovascular Diseases (CNIC). During his Ph.D. program he focused in the study of oxidative stress on genetic stability and biosafety of human stem cells for his therapeutic application. After his doctorate, he specialized in the study of non-canonical activity of telomerase in the cell metabolism and senescence. His works has allowed him to participate in various international conferences and publish several scientific articles in the arena of regenerative medicine and ageing, and develop a patent to identifying new genetic and transcriptional biomarkers of cellular senescence in culture. Dr. Estrada has extensive experience in the field of human molecular cytogenetic with strong handling of different probes (PNA, CEP and LSI) for the chromosome labeling by classic fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH) and derived techniques as multicolor FISH (M-FISH) and quantitative FISH (Q-FISH).

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Rafael Higuera

IT and Data Manager

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Rafael Higuera is Life Length’s IT and Data Manager. He is responsible for overseeing data processing and modelling as well as all IT processes related to report calculation, generation and delivery. He holds an Engineering degree in computer science from the University of Valladolid and has over 10 years’ experience in design, managing, and developing software in the aerospace, telecommunications and electrical utility industries. He is an expert in creation of real – time, multi-threading systems, and process automation. Rafael speaks native Spanish and is fluent in English.

Scientific advisory Board

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William Andrews, Ph.D.

Founder, President and CEO, Sierra Sciences, Ex-Director of Molecular Biology, Geron Corporation

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Sandy Chang, Ph.D., M.D.

Associate Director of Molecular Diagnostics, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yale University

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Inderjeet Dokal, M.D.

Chair of Child Health Barts and The London School of
Medicine

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Mark Rosenberg, M.D

President, Institute for Healthy Aging Program Director, Integrative Cancer Fellowship

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Jerry Shay, Ph.D.

Vice Chairman, Department of Cell Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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Takuji Shirasawa, Ph.D., M.D.

Professor of Aging Control Medicine Juntendo
University

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William Andrews, Ph.D.

Founder, President and CEO, Sierra Sciences, Ex-Director of Molecular Biology, Geron Corporation

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Sandy Chang, Ph.D., M.D.

Associate Director of Molecular Diagnostics, Department of Laboratory Medicine, Yale University

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Inderjeet Dokal, M.D.

Chair of Child Health Barts and The London School of
Medicine

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Mark Rosenberg, M.D

President, Institute for Healthy Aging Program Director, Integrative Cancer Fellowship

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Jerry Shay, Ph.D.

Vice Chairman, Department of Cell Biology, University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

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Takuji Shirasawa, Ph.D., M.D.

Professor of Aging Control Medicine Juntendo
University