23andMe, which has said it plans to hire hundreds of workers in coming years, confirmed that it will move from its longtime headquarters in Mountain View to a new under-development project in Sunnyvale, California.
The company has created the world’s largest crowdsourced platform for genetic research, with 80 percent of its customers electing to participate. The 23andMe research platform has generated more than 180 publications on the genetic underpinnings of a wide range of diseases, conditions, and traits. The platform also powers the 23andMe Therapeutics group, currently pursuing drug discovery programs rooted in human genetics across a spectrum of disease areas, including oncology, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases, in addition to other therapeutic areas.
23andMe was named by Glassdoor as one of The Best Places to Work. CEO, Anne Wojcicki was also named one of Glassdoor’s top CEOs in 2019 and one of Comparably’s “Best CEOs for Women” in 2021.
In other news, Anne Wojcicki also signed (some time ago) the Giving Pledge – a promise that 236 of the world’s super wealthy have made to donate at least half their fortune to charitable causes.
Other notables who have signed the pledge include Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, Paul G. Allen (now deceased in 2018), George Lucas and Mellody Hobson, Elon Musk, T. Boone Pickens (deceased in 2019), David Rockefeller (deceased in 2017), Jeff and Marieke Rothschild, Ted Turner, and Mark Zuckerberg and Priscilla Chan.
In still other news, Anne Wojcicki is the sister of Susan Wojcicki, the CEO of YouTube. Anne Wojcicki also is the ex-wife of Sergey Brin, co-founder of Google.
Anne Wojcicki also has frequently expressed interest in “revolutionizing health care” with DNA testing, as it could provide consumers with enough information to predict potential genetic illnesses.