Immortalist Bill Andrews: Aging is not going to cure itself!

Socrates /

Posted on: July 1, 2014 / Last Modified: May 3, 2022

Photo by Myleen Hollero
Bill Andrews and Aubrey de Grey are “The Immortalists”

Some will say that Bill Andrews is totally crazy – at 61 he runs an average of 10 miles per day and at least one 100-mile marathon per month. He also wants to “Cure Ageing or Die Trying”. No wonder Bill is one of the 2 main protagonists of a new documentary about life extension aptly titled The Immortalists. As to whether he is crazy or not, I myself hope that he totally is. Because, if we are ever going to defeat aging, we are going to need a lot more out-of-the-box “crazy” scientists like Andrews. And I totally loved interviewing him on my podcast.

During our 1 hour conversation with Bill we cover a variety of interesting topics such as the relationship between telomeres and aging; the Hayflick limit and the scientific definition of immortality; how he got interested in finding a cure for aging; life extension and overpopulation; supplements and other ways to slow down the pace of telomere shortening such as ultra-marathon running; Product B and TA-65, his book on Curing Aging; Sierra Sciences and the money needed to make a human cell immortal…

My favorite quotes that I will take away from this conversation with Bill Andrews are:

Cure Aging or Die Trying. [I just cannot not start with this one ;-]

In my opinion nature wants us dead as soon as we’ve raised our young.

Aging is not going to cure itself – it requires funding. People think that the government is funding all the research in ageing but the government is not interested… Large pharma is not interested. If people are really out there wondering why nobody is curing ageing right now it’s because we need the private individuals that are passionate about this subject to be funding the research. And not just my research – everybody’s research.

As always you can listen to or download the audio file above or scroll down and watch the video interview in full. To show your support you can write a review on iTunesmake a direct donation, or become a patron on Patreon.


The Immortalists Film Trailer:

This is a portrait of two scientists – Aubrey de Grey and Bill Andrews, who want to develop medical technologies which will supposedly make us all live forever. Who are they? How can they do it? And even if they could, what would happen?


Who is Bill Andrews?

Bill Andrews
Bill Andrews – the Immortalist

Dr. William H. Andrews, Ph.D. is the President & CEO of Sierra Sciences. He has worked in the biotech industry for 28 years, focusing the last 15 years on finding ways to extend human lifespan through the intervention of telomere shortening in human cells.

Dr. Andrews earned his Ph.D. in Molecular and Population Genetics at the University of Georgia 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.

Dr. Andrews is an avid runner and enjoys participating in ultramarathons in his spare time. His ultimate goal is to run a 7-minute mile at the age of 130.

Browse More


Kevin Kelly on Wisdom and Excellent Advice for Living

Émile Torres Preview

Émile Torres on Transhumanism, Longtermism and Existential Risks

Nikolas Badminton on Facing Our Futures

Nikolas Badminton on Facing Our Futures: Futurism is Activism

Greatest Leadership Opportunity Preview

My NBF Contest Pitch: The Greatest Leadership Opportunity of the 21st Century

Massimo Pigliucci on Character and Virtue

Massimo Pigliucci on Story, Virtue, Character and AI

Alex Padalka with Electronic Glasses

Ukrainian Transhumanist Alex Padalka: A War Against Our Democratic Values

Ursula Eysin photo by Martina Gleissenebner-Teskey

Ursula Eysin on Uncertainty and Future Scenarios

Zoltan Istvan

Zoltan Istvan on AI, Transhumanism, Politics and Ethics