Dr. Villeponteau has 30 years of scientific leadership experience and about 60 scientific journal and patent publications. Dr. Villeponteau holds a B.A. in Economics, a M.A. in Biostatistics, and a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology from UCLA. He was Assistant Research Chemist in the Department of Chemistry and Biochemistry at UCLA for 4 years and Assistant Professor of Biological Chemistry at the University of Michigan Medical School for 6 years.
Dr. Villeponteau then led a research group at Geron Corporation for 4.5 years, where he was the lead inventor in cloning human telomerase, thereby winning the Distinguished Inventor Award for the 2nd best US patent of 1997. As the Champion of Telomerase Therapeutics at Geron, he also worked on human stem cells, which were pioneered by Geron in the 90s. Dr. Villeponteau then joined HealthSpan Sciences, Inc. as VP and later served as CEO for three years. For the next 8 years, he served as a VP/consultant for Sierra Sciences.
From September of 2008 to present, Dr. Villeponteau has been the VP of R & D of Genescient Corporation. Dr. Villeponteau also cofounded Centagen, incorporated in January of 2009, and Life Code LLC in October of 2010, which has marketed a successful supplement that doubles maximum lifespan in model animals and supports stem cells and their niches.