Anne Wojcicki

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Anne Wojcicki
Born (1973-07-28) July 28, 1973 (age 41)
San Mateo County, California, U.S.
Residence Los Altos Hills, California
Nationality American
Citizenship American
Alma mater Yale University
Occupation Biotechnology entrepreneur
Known for Co-founder and CEO of 23andMe
Spouse(s) Sergey Brin (m. 2007) (separated)[1]
Children 2
Parents Stanley Wojcicki
Esther Wojcicki
Relatives Susan Wojcicki (sister)

Anne E. Wojcicki (/wˈɪtski/ woh-JIT-skee; born July 28, 1973)[2] is an American biologist and the co-founder and chief executive officer of the personal genomics company 23andMe.

Early life[edit]

Wojcicki, the youngest of three daughters, was born in San Mateo County, California. Her parents are Esther Wojcicki (née Hochman), an educator, and Stanley Wojcicki, a physics professor emeritus at Stanford University. Her sister is Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube and a former executive at Google.[3] Her mother is Jewish and her father is a Polish American.

Wojcicki grew up on the Stanford campus. When she was 2, she learned to figure skate, but later quit and started playing ice hockey.[4] She attended the Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, and was a top editor for the Oracle, the school newspaper and won a scholarship for her sports stories.[5][6] She attended Yale University, where she was a competitive ice skater and played on the varsity ice hockey team.[7][8] She graduated with a B.S. in biology in 1996.[9] She did molecular biology research at the National Institutes of Health and University of California, San Diego.[5]

Career[edit]

After graduating, Wojcicki worked as a healthcare consultant at Passport Capital, a San Francisco-based investment fund[5] and at Investor AB.[4] She was a health care investment analyst[7] for 10 years overseeing healthcare investments, focusing on biotechnology companies. Disillusioned by the culture of Wall Street and its attitude towards health care,[10] she quit in 2000 and intended to take the MCAT and enroll in medical school. However, she decided to focus on research.[4]

In 2006, she co-found 23andMe with Linda Avey.[11] 23andMe is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company based in Mountain View, California that provides rapid genetic testing.[12] The company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell. Their personal genome test kit was named Invention of the Year by Time magazine in 2008.[13] In October 2013, The Fast Company named Wojcicki as "The Most Daring CEO".[14][4]

Personal life[edit]

Wojcicki married Google co-founder Sergey Brin in May 2007.[7] They have a son, Benji, born in December 2008, and a daughter born in late 2011.[15] News reports on August 28, 2013 announced that Wojcicki and Brin are living separately but that they were not legally separated.[16][17]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Mallon, Bridget (September 4, 2013). "Sergey Brin, Google Co-Founder And Wife Ann Wojcicki Confirm Their Separation". The Huffington Post. 
  2. ^ Date of birth found on the California Birth Index 1905-1995, under WOJCICKI, ANNE E, on 18 July 1973 in San Mateo County.
  3. ^ Barry Schwartz (February 27, 2013). "Anne Wojcicki, Google's Co-Founders Wife, On TMZ With Google Glass". Search Engine Roundtable. Retrieved July 2, 2013. "Anne Wojcicki, married to Google's co-founder, Sergey Brin and the sister of Susan Wojcicki, a Google executive..." 
  4. ^ a b c d Murphy, Elizabeth (October 14, 2013). "INSIDE 23ANDME FOUNDER ANNE WOJCICKI'S $99 DNA REVOLUTION". The Fast Company. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  5. ^ a b c Duke, Scott (May 16, 2007). "Google co-founder Sergey Brin gets hitched in the Bahamas". San Jose Mercury News. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  6. ^ Sellers, Patricia (February 1, 2012). "Before Google, the Wojcicki girls learned from Mom". Fortune Magazine. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Hafner, Katie (May 29, 2007). "Silicon Valley Wide-Eyed Over a Bride". New York Times. Retrieved July 2, 2013. "Anne Wojcicki, the 33-year-old former health care investment analyst who this month married a handsome young computer scientist.." 
  8. ^ "100 Marathons’ Worth of Miles Awaits Sam Fox ’09 in Charitable Effort for Parkinson’s". Yale University Bulldogs. August 4, 2011. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  9. ^ 23andMe. "board members". Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  10. ^ Cha, Ariana Eunjung (June 27, 2014). "23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki’s Washington charm offensive". The Washington Post. Retrieved October 8, 2014. 
  11. ^ 23andMe. "corporate info". Retrieved 17 October 2012. 
  12. ^ "Fact Sheet". 23andme.com. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  13. ^ Hamilton, Anita (October 29, 2008). "Best Inventions of 2008". Content Time. Retrieved January 25, 2014. 
  14. ^ 23andMe (October 19, 2013). "CEO Anne Wojcicki named "The Most Daring CEO in America" by @FastCompany Read the cover story". Twitter. Retrieved October 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ The Way I Work: Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe
  16. ^ Gannes, Liz (August 28, 2013). "Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin and 23andMe Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki Have Split". All Things Digital. 
  17. ^ Grigoriadis, Vanessa (April 2014). "O.K., Glass: Make Google Eyes". Vanity Fair. Retrieved October 4, 2014.