Our Leadership team | Life Length

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

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.

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.

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.

LISSETTE OTERO ALZA, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and Laboratory Director

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Dr. Lissette Otero is the Chief Medical Officer and Laboratory Director of Life Length, world leader in telomere and telomerase measurement and diagnostics. She is a Clinical Pathology Specialist with a broad background and laboratory training at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid. Dr. Otero has wide experience as Medical Consultant in molecular diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases, genetic screening of obesity predisposition, prostate, cervix and breast cancer and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Otero obtained her MBA at EAE Business School/Barcelona University, Master in Aesthetic and Antiaging Medicine at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Master in Phlebology and Lymphology at Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.

JUAN CAMILO ESTRADA RODRÍGUEZ, PH.D
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).

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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Javier Antón Arespacochaga

Senior Account

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Javier Antón Arespacochaga obtained his Bachelor in Busines s Management and Administration from the Autonomous University of Madrid, specialized in marketing and finance. He started his career at Wincor Nixdorf in Madrid, first as an intern for the Commercial Department in 2008. During 2010 he was transferred to the Finance Department for the Latin America RHQ as a project controller for the region, focusing on México, Colombia, Argentina and Chile. In 2014 he was transferred to México City to run the Service Division as a Senior Controlling managing finance department for the whole division. In 2016, he moved to the USA to work for iAdvise Partners LLC in business development and finance. He joined Life Length in Madrid in December 2017 as Senior Accountant

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.

Enrique Segovia IT and Data Manager
Enrique Segovia

IT and Data Manager

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Enrique Segovia is Life Length’s IT Manager and responsibl e for the IT and technological systems of the company. He is in charge of the design and maintenance of the systems infrastructure, the integrity and protection of data as well as of the optimization of computing resources. Enrique is a computer science engineer graduated from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He possesses more than 10 years of experience as an IT manager, DB administrator, and has co-founded several telecom companies in Spain and abroad.

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.

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.

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.

LISSETTE OTERO ALZA, M.D.

Chief Medical Officer and Laboratory Director

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Dr. Lissette Otero is the Chief Medical Officer and Laboratory Director of Life Length, world leader in telomere and telomerase measurement and diagnostics. She is a Clinical Pathology Specialist with a broad background and laboratory training at La Paz University Hospital in Madrid. Dr. Otero has wide experience as Medical Consultant in molecular diagnosis of sexually transmitted diseases, genetic screening of obesity predisposition, prostate, cervix and breast cancer and prenatal diagnosis. Dr. Otero obtained her MBA at EAE Business School/Barcelona University, Master in Aesthetic and Antiaging Medicine at Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Master in Phlebology and Lymphology at Universidad Internacional de Andalucía.

Enrique Segovia IT and Data Manager
Enrique Segovia

IT and Data Manager

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Enrique Segovia is Life Length’s IT Manager and responsibl e for the IT and technological systems of the company. He is in charge of the design and maintenance of the systems infrastructure, the integrity and protection of data as well as of the optimization of computing resources. Enrique is a computer science engineer graduated from the Universidad Complutense of Madrid. He possesses more than 10 years of experience as an IT manager, DB administrator, and has co-founded several telecom companies in Spain and abroad.

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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Javier Antón Arespacochaga

Senior Account

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Javier Antón Arespacochaga obtained his Bachelor in Busines s Management and Administration from the Autonomous University of Madrid, specialized in marketing and finance. He started his career at Wincor Nixdorf in Madrid, first as an intern for the Commercial Department in 2008. During 2010 he was transferred to the Finance Department for the Latin America RHQ as a project controller for the region, focusing on México, Colombia, Argentina and Chile. In 2014 he was transferred to México City to run the Service Division as a Senior Controlling managing finance department for the whole division. In 2016, he moved to the USA to work for iAdvise Partners LLC in business development and finance. He joined Life Length in Madrid in December 2017 as Senior Accountant

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.

JUAN CAMILO ESTRADA RODRÍGUEZ, PH.D
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).

Scientific advisory Board

William Andrews, Ph.D.

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

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

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

Inderjeet Dokal, M.D.

Chair of Child Health Barts and The London School of
Medicine

Mark Rosenberg, M.D

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

Jerry Shay, Ph.D.

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

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

Professor of Aging Control Medicine Juntendo
University

William Andrews, Ph.D.

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

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

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

Inderjeet Dokal, M.D.

Chair of Child Health Barts and The London School of
Medicine

Mark Rosenberg, M.D

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

Jerry Shay, Ph.D.

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

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

Professor of Aging Control Medicine Juntendo
University