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Anne Wojcicki

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Anne Wojcicki is the co-founder and CEO of 23AndMe, the Mountain View-based personal genomics and biotech startup that provides customers with home DNA tests.

Wojcicki learned to do everything at a young age: ride a bike, read, swim, figure skate. And she also became fascinated by science early, reading her parents’ medical textbooks. As the youngest child, she learned to get her way through charm, not force. Her parents are Esther Wojcicki, an educator, and Stanley Wojcicki, a physics professor emeritus at Stanford University. Wojcicki and her two sisters — Susan and Janet — grew up on the Stanford campus, attending high school in Palo Alto.

After graduating from Yale University in 1996 with a biology degree, she spent a decade as a Wall Street healthcare analyst, watching executives make billions off illnesses and, as she puts it, claim it wasn’t their responsibility to figure out why their drugs didn’t work. This is when Wojcicki’s distaste with the finance industry started. She quit in 2000, with the idea of taking the MCAT and going to medical school, but instead she turned to research.

In 2006, Wojcicki co-founded 23AndMe with Linda Avery. The company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell and the personal genome test kit was named “Invention of the Year” by Time magazine in 2008. In October 2013, Fast Company named Wojcicki “The Most Daring CEO.”

23AndMe has attracted nearly 1 million customers and more than $126 million in venture capital as of 2015, making it one of the most hyped health-technology firms in the world – and its CEO one of the most influential women in tech.

The company received a cease-and-desist order in 2013 for its home DNA kits from the Food and Drug Administration, waiting until October 2015 to finally receive approval and permission to sell the tests.

Wojcicki was married to Google co-founder Sergey Brin for eight years before divorcing in June 2015. The two have two children: Benji and Chloe Wojin.

Companies and Investments

23AndMe (co-founder, CEO)

Lessons Learned

Don’t read the press in times of crisis. When you have a laser focus and you get distracted by what other people say, you can lose that laser focus.

Inspiring Quotes

I’m launching a new nationwide Precision Medicine Initiative to bring us closer to curing diseases like cancer and diabetes.

Barack Obama

Genetics plays a huge part in who we are. But we also have free will.

Aidan Quinn

Anne Wojcicki's Quotes

If consumers were more empowered, they would take more responsibility for their health.

Anne Wojcicki

There’s nothing worse than walking into a hospital and seeing people sick and miserable and having a horrible treatment.

Anne Wojcicki

The world needs more social innovations.

Anne Wojcicki

Influential Books

- Fast Company November 2013 Anne Wojcicki The Most Daring CEO in America

- Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom by Esther Wojcicki (20-Jan-2015) Paperback