Linda Avey

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Linda Avey
Linda Avey in 2008.jpg
Born 1960 (age 57–58)
South Dakota, United States of America
Residence Woodside, CA
Citizenship American
Alma mater Augustana University (1978-1982, B.S.)[1]
Known for Co-founder of 23andMe Precise.Ly, Inc.
Scientific career
Fields Personal genomics,
Biotechnology, marketing


Precise.Ly, Inc.
Avey, Linda. Retrieved June 1st, 2018

Linda Avey is an American biologist and entrepreneur, responsible for the creation and development of multiple companies based in the United States. Her work has focused mainly on the services of genetic information and medical advancement.

Early years[edit]

Avery was born in 1960, in South Dakota, United States. She attended Augustana University, where she received a Bachelors of Science in the field of Biology in 1982.[2] Prior to her professional career in the fields of marketing and entrepreneurship, Avey collaborated with Affymetrix and Perlegen Sciences on multiple translational research projects, which mainly focused on genetic variations.[3]

In April 1999 Avey began working as a sales executive with the Chamber Corporation. For a period of 20 years, she continued her path in the fields of sales and business development in the field of biopharmaceuticals.[2][4] During this time Avey partnered with Spotfire to conduct research related to data visualization and applied biosystems.[3]

Recent career[edit]

In March 2006 Avey, Anne Wojcicki, and Paul Cusenza founded 23andMe, which is credited with being the world's first personal genetics service company.[5][6][7][8][9][10] About three years later Avey stepped down as the company co-owner and launched the Brainstorm Research Foundation, which focuses on accelerating research on the prevention and alleviation of Alzheimer's disease.[11][12][13][14][15]

In 2011 Avey founded Precise.Ly, Inc., which provides a platform where people with fatigue syndrome could track things such as their diets, symptoms, and treatments.[16][17]


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  4. ^ Flows, Capital. "The Privacy Delusions Of Genetic Testing". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  5. ^ Herper, Matthew. "For 23andMe, The Real Value Could Be In Its Data". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  6. ^ "Genomics company 23andMe to launch weight-loss study focused on diet, exercise and genes". Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  7. ^ Farr, Christina (2018-06-01). "Alphabet's Verily has hired top execs to bring its science research into hospitals and homes". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  8. ^ Singer, Emily. "Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  9. ^ staff, (2018-05-22). "2018 Disruptor 50: No. 7 23andMe". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  10. ^ Ferris, Robert (2016-05-05). "You don't have to be a genius to contribute to science, entrepreneur says". CNBC. Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  11. ^ "About Us - 23andMe Media Center". 23andMe Media Center. Retrieved 2018-06-19. 
  12. ^ Davies, Kevin (2009). "Linda Avey on an Alzheimer's Brainstorm". Bio-IT World. Retrieved 2018-06-19. 
  13. ^ "Meet the female founders of US 'unicorns'". 2018-06-03. Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  14. ^ "23andMe gets $200 million in funding to bring its genetic testing to the masses". Business Insider. Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  15. ^ "Bio-IT World". Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  16. ^ Cohen, Jessica Kim. "10 things to know about 23andMe, the DNA testing company that wants to reunite families separated at the border". Retrieved 2018-07-20. 
  17. ^ Herper, Matthew. "Helix Bets An 'App Store' Can Make Consumers Care About Their DNA". Forbes. Retrieved 2018-07-20.