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23andMe

23andMe

A biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California providing DNA genetic testing and analysis services.

23andMe as founded in 2006 by Anne Wojcicki, Linda Avey, Paul Cusenza in 2006. 23andMe provides health and ancestry information based on analysis of a customer’s DNA obtained using a saliva collection kit. Reports are accessed in an online account. Genetic information is kept in separate databases from personally identifiable information to protect user identity. 



In 2013 the FDA ordered the company to stop providing information about their customers’ health risks. The FDA later decided to allow 23andMe to tell customers their risks for developing ten medical conditions including Parkinson’s disease, late-onset Alzheimer’s disease and Bloom syndrome. 



Each customer can opt in or out for letting 23andMe use their genetic information for research. In 2017 the data from its 2 million customers was considered the largest collection of gene-linked data. 23andMe has its own drug development team lead by Richard Scheller, previously of Genentech who became Chief Science Officer and Head of Therapeutics in 2015. Pharmaceutical company GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) partnered with 23andME in 2018. 



Timeline

September 2017

23andMe raises a $249,999,947 series F round from Fidelity Management & Research Company, Euclidean Capital, Casdin Capital, Altimeter Capital, Sequoia Capital and the Wallenberg Foundation.

July 2015

23andMe raises a $150,000,000 series E round.

December 10, 2012

23andMe raises a $50,000,000 series D round from Sergey Brin, Yuri Milner, New Enterprise Associates, Anne Wojcicki and MPM Capital.

November 9, 2010

23andMe raises a $22,000,000 series C round from New Enterprise Associates.

June 18, 2009

23andMe raises a $12,600,000 series B round from Google and Sergey Brin.

May 1, 2007

23andMe raises a $9,000,000 series A round from Google, Genentech, Mohr Davidow Ventures and New Enterprise Associates.

April 2006

23andMe was founded by Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey.

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Alex Khomenko

Employee



Anne Wojcicki

Founder



Brad Stephens

Investor



caitlyn mccarthy

Employee



Chia Hwu

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chia@qubop.com

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Chris Cheng

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Denali Lumma

Employee



Dennis Troper

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Desi Dimitrova

Employee



Esther Dyson

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Geoffrey Shmigelsky

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Georges Harik

Investor



J. Fah Sathirapongsasuti

Employee



Jessica Lam

Employee



Jon Ward

Employee



Jonathan Hansen

Employee



Josh Steiner

Employee



Karen Haynes

Employee



Linda Avey

Founder



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