Linda Avey

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Linda Avey
Linda Avey in 2008.jpg
Born 1960
South Dakota
Residence Woodside, CA
Citizenship American
Nationality American
Fields Personal genomics,
Institutions 23andMe
Alma mater Augustana University[1]
Known for Co-founder of 23andMe

Linda Avey (born 1960) is an American biologist and the co-founder of 23andMe and Curious, Inc.[2]

Avey earned a BA at Augustana University. She spent 20 years in sales and business development in biopharmaceuticals. Avey helped develop research programs for Affymetrix and Perlegen Sciences.[3]

In 2006, she co-founded the world's first personal genetics service 23andMe with Paul Cusenza and Anne Wojcicki.[4] In September 2009, Avey left 23andMe and started Brainstorm Research Foundation, focused on accelerating research in Alzheimer's disease.[5]

In 2011, Avey co-founded Curious, Inc. with Mitsu Hadeishi and Heather Anne Halpert.[6] "Curious is an open workspace we're designing to help individuals answer questions about their well-being through personal data aggregation and discovery."[7][8]


  1. ^ "About Augustana - Schedule of Medallion Events: AC150". Augustana University. Retrieved 2012-07-14. 
  2. ^ Curious: We've got questions
  3. ^ "Anne Wojcicki and Linda Avey: Entrepreneurs". PBS. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  4. ^ Corporate Info - 23andMe
  5. ^ Swisher, Kara. "23andMe Co-Founder Linda Avey Leaves Personal Genetics Start-Up to Focus on Alzheimer's Research". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 29 September 2011. 
  6. ^ Schwartz, Ariel. "The Cofounder Of 23andme On The Future Of Personal Data Tracking". Fast Co.Exist. Retrieved 8 June 2012. 
  7. ^ Davies, Stephen. "Interview: Linda Avey, Co-founder of 23andMe and CEO of Curious, Inc". Retrieved 12 March 2013. 
  8. ^ Hardy, Quentin. "Big Data in Your Blood". New York Times Bits. Retrieved 7 September 2012.