Anne Wojcicki

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Anne Wojcicki
Anne Wojcicki at GES 2016.jpg
Born (1973-07-28) July 28, 1973 (age 45)
ResidenceLos Altos Hills, California, U.S.
Alma materYale University
OccupationGenomics pioneer
Known forCo-founder and CEO of 23andMe
Net worth$690 million (June 2019)
Spouse(s)Sergey Brin (2007–2015)
Children2
Parent(s)Stanley Wojcicki
Esther Wojcicki
RelativesSusan Wojcicki (sister)
Janet Wojcicki (sister)

Anne E. Wojcicki (/wˈɪtski/ woo-CHITS-kee;[1] born July 28, 1973) is an American entrepreneur 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 mother is Jewish American, and her father is Polish. Her two sisters are Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube and a former executive at Google,[2] and Janet Wojcicki, anthropologist at the University of California, San Francisco.[3]

Wojcicki grew up on the Stanford campus. When she was two, she learned how to figure skate, but later quit and started playing ice hockey.[4] She attended Gunn High School in Palo Alto, California, and was an editor for The Oracle, the school newspaper, and won a scholarship for her sports stories.[3][5]

Education[edit]

Wojcicki attended Yale University, where she was a competitive ice skater and played on the varsity women's ice hockey team.[6][7] She graduated with a B.S. in biology in 1996.[8] She did molecular biology research at the National Institutes of Health and the University of California, San Diego.[5]

Career[edit]

After graduating, Wojcicki worked as a health care consultant at Passport Capital, a San Francisco-based investment fund[5] and at Investor AB.[4] She was a health care investment analyst[6] for 4 years, overseeing health care investments, focusing on biotechnology companies. Disillusioned by the culture of Wall Street and its attitude towards health care,[9] she quit in 2000, intending to take the MCAT and enroll in medical school. Instead, she decided to focus on research.[4]

In 2006, she co-founded 23andMe with Linda Avey.[10] 23andMe is a privately held personal genomics and biotechnology company, based in Mountain View, California, that provides genetic testing.[11] The company is named for the 23 pairs of chromosomes in a normal human cell. The company's personal genome test kit was named "Invention of the Year" by Time magazine in 2008.[12] From 2015, the FDA started to give approval to 23andMe's health-related tests, including risk from cystic fibrosis, sickle cell anemia, certain cancers, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's, and coeliac disease.[13][14] In 2018, 23andMe entered into a four-year collaboration with GlaxoSmithKline to develop new medicines.[15][16]

Wojcicki is also a member of the Xconomists, an ad hoc team of editorial advisors for the tech news and media company, Xconomy.[17] In October 2013, Fast Company named Wojcicki "The Most Daring CEO".[4][18] She is a co-founder and board member of the Breakthrough Prize.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Wojcicki married Google co-founder Sergey Brin in May 2007.[6] They have a son, Benji Wojin, born in December 2008, and a daughter, Chloe Wojin, born in late 2011.[20] The couple ceased to live together in 2013,[21] and they divorced in 2015.[22]

Her grandfather, Franciszek Wójcicki, was a People's Party and Polish People's Party politician who had been elected MP during the Polish legislative election, 1947.[23] Her grandmother, Janina Wójcicka Hoskins, was a Polish-American librarian at the Library of Congress who was responsible for building the largest collection of Polish material in the United States.[24]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Elle X Klossy | Episode 1 | Anne Wojcicki Founder of 23andMe". February 9, 2016. Retrieved April 30, 2019.
  2. ^ Barry Schwartz (February 27, 2013). "Anne Wojcicki, Google's Co-Founders Wife, On TMZ With Google Glass". Search Engine Roundtable. Archived from the original on 2013-06-03. Retrieved July 2, 2013. Anne Wojcicki, married to Google's co-founder, Sergey Brin and the sister of Susan Wojcicki, a Google executive...
  3. ^ a b Sellers, Patricia (February 1, 2012). "Before Google, the Wojcicki girls learned from Mom". Fortune Magazine. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  4. ^ a b c d Murphy, Elizabeth (October 14, 2013). "Inside 23andMe Founder Anne Wojcicki's $99 DNA Revolution". The Fast Company. Archived from the original on 2014-10-03. 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. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  6. ^ a b c Hafner, Katie (May 29, 2007). "Silicon Valley Wide-Eyed Over a Bride". The 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..
  7. ^ "100 Marathons' Worth of Miles Awaits Sam Fox '09 in Charitable Effort for Parkinson's". August 4, 2011. Archived from the original on 2014-10-06. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  8. ^ 23andMe. "board members". Archived from the original on 2012-10-23. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  9. ^ Cha, Ariana Eunjung (June 27, 2014). "23andMe co-founder Anne Wojcicki's Washington charm offensive". The Washington Post. Archived from the original on 2014-10-18. Retrieved October 8, 2014.
  10. ^ 23andMe. "corporate info". Archived from the original on 2012-11-13. Retrieved 17 October 2012.
  11. ^ "Fact Sheet". 23andme.com. Archived from the original on 2013-01-19. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  12. ^ Hamilton, Anita (October 29, 2008). "Best Inventions of 2008". Content Time. Archived from the original on 2012-03-22. Retrieved January 25, 2014.
  13. ^ Silverberg, David (2018-12-03). "Good genes? The sisters who put the rest of us to shame". Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  14. ^ Johnson, Eric (2018-10-20). "23andMe CEO Anne Wojcicki says 'one of our biggest competitors' is fake science on sites like Goop". Recode. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  15. ^ Herper, Matthew. "23andMe Gets $300 Million Boost From GlaxoSmithKline To Develop New Drugs". Forbes. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  16. ^ "Glaxo invests $300m in 23andMe to use its genomic data for research - BioNews". www.bionews.org.uk. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  17. ^ "About Our Mission, Team, and Editorial Ethics". Xconomy. Retrieved 2018-01-02.
  18. ^ 23andMe (October 19, 2013). "CEO Anne Wojcicki named "The Most Daring CEO in America" by @FastCompany Read the cover story". Twitter. Archived from the original on 2015-01-29. Retrieved October 4, 2014.
  19. ^ "Breakthrough Prize – Board". breakthroughprize.org. Retrieved 2019-03-12.
  20. ^ Welch, Liz (May 29, 2012). "The Way I Work: Anne Wojcicki, 23andMe". Inc.
  21. ^ Gannes, Liz (August 28, 2013). "Google Co-Founder Sergey Brin and 23andMe Co-Founder Anne Wojcicki Have Split". All Things Digital. Archived from the original on 2013-09-07. Retrieved 2013-09-07.
  22. ^ Lorenzetti, Laura (2015-06-24). "Google's Sergey Brin and 23andMe's Anne Wojcicki legally divorced". Fortune. Archived from the original on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 25 June 2015.
  23. ^ "Oficjalna strona Prezydenta Rzeczypospolitej Polskiej / Aktualności / Wydarzenia / Prezydent spotkał się z prezes YouTube". www.prezydent.pl. Retrieved 2019-03-29.
  24. ^ Zalewski, Wojciech (2011-10-01). "Janina Wójcicka Hoskins (1912–1996): Portrait of an Esteemed Librarian". Slavic & East European Information Resources. 12 (4): 224–236. doi:10.1080/15228886.2011.623117. ISSN 1522-8886.