SXSW 2014 Keynote: Anne Wojcicki, Co-founder of 23andme.com
Today, Anne Wojcicki, Co-founder of 23andme.com will be keynoting at South by Southwest. Anne E. Wojcicki is a very accomplished woman. She is a famous biologist, bio analyst, and businesswoman. She is most known for being the co-founder and chief executive officer of 23andMe. 23andMe offers direct to consumer DNA testing. As of currently, 23andMe have genotyped over 500,000 people.
This renowned American woman was born on July 28, 1973 in San Mateo County, California. She belongs to an educated and reputed family. Her father, Esther Wojcicki was a reputable educator, her mother, Stanley Wojcicki, one of the popular physics professor of Stanford University and her sister Susan Wojcicki is also well established in her career as an executive of Google. The specialized field or expertise of Anne is biotechnology and personal genomics.
Anne Wojcicki, completed her graduation with a B.S in Biology from Yale University in 1996. After completing her graduation, Anne gained 10 years of work experience in supervising healthcare investments, specifically giving attention to biotechnological organizations. Then, after acquiring much-required knowledge in the healthcare world, Anne left the investment world of healthcare and formed 23andMe with co-partner Linda Avey in the year 2006. 23andMe, the privately held organization, is situated in Mountain View, California and deals with biotechnology and personal genomics. To be more specific, this company runs rapid genetic testing. You might have noticed that the organization is named after the 23 pairs of chromosomes in the cell of a normal human being, i.e. 23andMe. In the year 2008, according to Time Magazine, the personal genome kit was awarded and recognized as the invention of the year.
In May 2007, Anne tied the knot with Google co-founder, Sergey Brin. They had one son in 2008 and one daughter in 2011. However, on August 28, 2013, the news of Anne and Sergey’s separation was declared, although the news is not officially announced or legally verified. To get a hold of her huge experience in medical or healthcare field, you need to know all about her previous works during her 10 years of work experience.
She first worked in the healthcare of Amerindo Investment Advisors Inc. as senior research analyst. Then, she worked as a healthcare analyst in Andor Capital Management and Ardsley Partners. She also worked as a senior healthcare analyst at Investor AB.
Anne gained completely different work experience in National Institute of Health while she was working there as a research associate in Hematology and Oncology. She also worked as a research associate at Weizmann Institute in biochemistry department. Moreover, she also served in Yale University as a research associate of biochemistry department.
Presently, she is one of the acting directors of 23andMe and she wants people to know more about themselves through their distinct genetic roles. Moreover, Anne and her employees are working hard to find out, the role of genetics in Parkinson’s disease, one type of blood and bone marrow cancer called sarcoma. Therefore, as the president of 23andMe, Anne Wojcicki looks after more than 70 employees and several of whom are acknowledged scientists. She also makes sure that even a customer representative of her organization should possess biology degrees.
Anne Wojcicki is continuously pushing the limits of her team for focusing on big goals, implementing innovative ideas, and to do something that easily might not be possible for scientists to maintain that is socialization to ensure the growth of human civilization with the help of 23andMe.