Anne Wojcicki is the Co-Founder and CEO for 23andMe. Her company helps users learn about their ancestry, genealogy, and inherited traits via at-home genetics test kits and genetic mapping research. In 2007, 23andMe became the first company to offer autosomal DNA testing for ancestry, becoming a pioneer in the field, and developing technology that has lead the way for every other at-home genetic testing service to come after it. The saliva-based, direct-to-consumer genetic testing business was named “Invention of the Year” by Time magazine in 2008. Anne discusses the impact her family had on her vision to build 23andMe; challenges she faced building the company; why we should all take ownership of our health; how 23andMe can help researchers find medical cures, and more!
Anne Wojcicki’s talk covers the following topics:
- Her relationship with Google (Anne’s story about Google burritos, Eric Schmidt, Steve Jobs, and the first iphone)
- Anne’s approach to Healthcare
- Beginning Stages of 23andMe and genetics
- The struggle with the FDA and the drive to persevere
- 23andMe’a current offerings and the potential expansion of offerings
- Investment and the reality of the Drug Industry
- Using data to increase development of 23andMe
- Connecting people to resources for their health
- How health is the sum of your actions everyday
- Empowering people of their privacy and the freedom to compare
- Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act
- Virtual Healthcare
- Publication of genetic association of 23andMe discoveries
- And much more!