Linda Avey

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Linda Avey
Linda Avey in 2008.jpg
Born1960 (age 58–59)
ResidenceWoodside, CA
CitizenshipUnited States
Alma materAugustana University (1978-1982, B.S.)[1]
Known forCo-founder of 23andMe Precise.Ly, Inc.
Scientific career
FieldsPersonal genomics,
Biotechnology, marketing
Institutions23andMe Precise.Ly, Inc.
Avey, Linda. Retrieved June 1, 2018

Linda Avey is a U.S. 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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  11. ^ "About Us - 23andMe Media Center". 23andMe Media Center. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  12. ^ Davies, Kevin (2009). "Linda Avey on an Alzheimer's Brainstorm". Bio-IT World. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  13. ^ "Meet the female founders of US 'unicorns'". June 3, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  14. ^ "23andMe gets $200 million in funding to bring its genetic testing to the masses". Business Insider. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
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  16. ^ Cohen, Jessica Kim. "10 things to know about 23andMe, the DNA testing company that wants to reunite families separated at the border". Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  17. ^ Herper, Matthew. "Helix Bets An 'App Store' Can Make Consumers Care About Their DNA". Forbes. Retrieved July 20, 2018.