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Anne Wojcicki

Co-Founder & CEO, 23andMe

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CEO and Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki of genetic testing company 23andMe on how she grew a love for science despite not being the best at it and how she believes everybody can understand science and contribute to changing the face of research.
With a hope to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information and change the face of health care, Anne Wojcicki co-founded the personal genetic testing company, 23andMe.   Today, 23andMe has built one of the world's largest databases of individual genetic information created by consumers. Its novel concept allows for rapid recruitment of participants to many genome-wide association studies at once, reducing the time and money needed to make new discoveries.   Under Wojcicki's leadership 23andMe has made significant advances in bringing personalized medicine directly to the public and continues to fulfill the quest to "Own Your Own Data."   Wojcicki graduated from Yale University with a BS in Biology. Her sister, Susan Wojcicki, is also a MAKER!

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Unusual Start Up
Wojcicki talks about how 23andMe aspires to be flexible with employees as they balance work and family, and how you won't see typical hours at her start up.

Leaving Wall Street
Wojcicki explains what compelled her to leave Wall Street and do something that could empower the individual and ultimately change something as big as health care.

You Don't Have to Be the Best At Science
Wojcicki is a strong believer that you can contribute to science and tech in a powerful way without being the best--or even close to the best--at it.

Meeting Sergey
Wojcicki shares how she met her now husband, and Google co-founder, Sergey Brin, and how it all playfully started with a whiteboard in her sister's garage.

Changing Health Care
Wojcicki on her goal to change health care with her consumer-generated research project and how any big change is eventually met with big resistance.

Explaining Science
Wojcicki talks about how growing up with a particle physicist father who experienced the results of poor communication motivates her now to communicate science to laypeople.

Molecular Makeup of a Person
Wojcicki shares the power of having one's genome on hand to know for certain what their ancestry is and what they are a carrier for.

Undecided Yale Grad
Wojcicki on how it's okay to not have a chosen path as soon as you graduate college, and how temping allowed her explore different careers.