Anne Wojcicki Posts

23andMe drops health claims due to FDA letter

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23andMe has announced that they will comply with the Food and Drug Administration’s demand to stop marketing health-related genetic tests. 23andMe is known for selling $99 personal genome tests. People that are still interested in a DNA test can still pay 23andMe to learn about their ancestors. But 23andMe will not be able to warn people about having genetic profiles, which predisposes them to certain illnesses.
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FDA Tells 23AndMe To Halt Genetic Test Sales

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The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has informed 23andMe to halt their genetic test.  The genetic test was used for predicting the chances of diseases.  Apparently, the personalized DNA test kits said that 23andMe failed to show that the technology is backed by science.

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Russian Billionaire Yuri Milner Leads $50 Million Round In 23andMe

Yuri Milner is a Russian billionaire that has led a $50 million round in 23andMe.  Milner is known for investing in big tech companies like Facebook and Zynga.  23andMe is a startup that was co-founded by the wife of Google co-founder Sergey Brin, Anne Wojcicki.  23andMe helps people determine their genetic makeup.  23andMe is named after the 23 pair of chromosomes that make up a person’s genome.

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WATCH: Sergey Brin Shows Off Google Glasses On Gavin Newsome’s Show

I have only seen Google co-founders Sergey Brin and Larry Page wearing the Google Glasses on talk shows and interviews. However Brin allowed California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsome wear it on his show airing on Current TV.

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Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin Donates $500,000 To Wikipedia


Google Inc. (NASDAQ:GOOG) co-founder Sergey Brin has made a $500,000 grant to Wikipedia. Wikipedia is attempting to raise $28.3 million for its annual budget. The donation was made as part of a foundation created by Sergey and his wife Anne Wojcicki.
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23andMe Raises $22 Million In Third Round Of Funding


23andMe is a personal genetics company that was co-founded by the wife of Google co-founder Segrey Brin, Anne Wojcicki. The company has raised a $22 million third round of funding from Johnson & Johnson Development Corporation, New Enterprise Associates, and Google Ventures. 23andMe was founded in 2006 with the goal of helping people understand their genetics through DNA analysis technologies.
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23andMe Raises $28 Million In Series B

Genetic testing company 23andMe has raised $28 million in Series B according to a company regulatory filing. The company raised $11 million of the Series B round of funding back in May and raised the rest of it recently.  The company initially planned to raised $24.26 million.  23andMe was founded by Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey.  Avey recently quit the company but remained on the board of directors. 23andMe’s Series A round of funding was provided by Google, Genentech, Mohr Davidow Ventures (MDV), and New Enterprise Associates.  MDV sold their stake back to 23andMe and invested in another rival company called Navigenics.

Sergey Brin and Anne Wojcicki Invest $500,000 In Creative Commons

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Creative Commons has received $500,000 from 23andme co-founder Anne Wojcicki and Google co-founder Sergey Brin.

“We are delighted that the couple recognizes the importance of Creative Commons and has decided to invest in our work to support sharing, collaboration, and the spread of knowledge and creativity,” stated Melissa Reeder of Creative Commons on the company blog. “This gift – made in addition to the financial support that Google offers CC annually – will be used to support Creative Commons generally, with a focus on developing our Science Commons project, which Wojcicki and Brin are particularly excited about.”

Lawrence Lessig, the Creative Commons founder stepped down from the company last year to focus on Change Congress.  Around the time that Lawrence left, Creative Commons received a $4 million grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation.

Interestingly ValleyWag points out that Creative Commons is chaired by Esther Wojcicki, the mother of Anne.  Google also employs Esther as an educational consultant.  Sounds like Brin likes to keep business and family together.