Linda Avey

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

Linda (Bahnson) Avey is a U.S. biologist and entrepreneur, responsible for the creation and development of multiple companies. She is known for launching and commercializing the consumer genetics industry in the US.[2][3]

Early years

Avey was born in 1960, in South Dakota, United States. She attended Augustana University, where she received a Bachelor of Arts in Biology in 1982.[4]

Avey began her scientific career in 1982 at University of California, Irvine as a staff research associate.[5] In 1985 she moved into various sales and business development in the fields of biopharmaceutical and academic research based in San Francisco, Boston, San Diego, and Washington, DC.[4][6] She worked for Perlegen Sciences (2003-2005), coordinating the world's first genome-wide association studies,[7] and for Affymetrix on the translational medicine team (2005-2006) with the goal of identifying genetic markers for diagnostic tests[8] She also held positions at Spotfire, Chemdex, Applied Biosystems, PerSeptive Biosystems, Molecular Dynamics, and Waters Associates.

Recent career

In March 2006 Avey, Anne Wojcicki, and Paul Cusenza founded 23andMe, the world's first personal genetics service company.[9][10][11][12][13][14] About three years later Avey stepped down as the company co-President and launched the Brainstorm Research Foundation, focused on accelerating research on the prevention and alleviation of Alzheimer's disease.[15][16][17][18][19]

Avey went on to found, Inc. with Aneil Mallavarapu, PhD, bringing consumer genetics to the developing world.[20][21]


  1. ^ "About Augustana". Augustana University. Retrieved July 14, 2012.
  2. ^ Goetz, Thomas (November 17, 2007). "23AndMe Will Decode Your DNA for $1,000. Welcome to the Age of Genomics". Wired. ISSN 1059-1028. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  3. ^ Harmon, Amy (November 17, 2007). "My Genome, Myself: Seeking Clues in DNA". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved May 22, 2019.
  4. ^ a b "Linda Avey". Linkedin. Retrieved May 5, 2018.
  5. ^ Bahnson, Linda S.; Buckpitt, Alan R. (1986). "Naphthalene metabolism by human lung microsomal enzymes". Toxicology. 41 (3): 333–341. doi:10.1016/0300-483X(86)90186-1. ISSN 0300-483X. PMID 3775781.
  6. ^ Flows, Capital. "The Privacy Delusions Of Genetic Testing". Forbes. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  7. ^ Maraganore, Demetrius M.; de Andrade, Mariza; Lesnick, Timothy G.; Strain, Kari J.; Farrer, Matthew J.; Rocca, Walter A.; Pant, P. V. Krishna; Frazer, Kelly A.; Cox, David R. (November 2005). "High-Resolution Whole-Genome Association Study of Parkinson Disease". American Journal of Human Genetics. 77 (5): 685–693. doi:10.1086/496902. ISSN 0002-9297. PMC 1271381. PMID 16252231.
  8. ^ "Linda Avey". Big Think. Retrieved May 31, 2018.
  9. ^ Herper, Matthew. "For 23andMe, The Real Value Could Be In Its Data". Forbes. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  10. ^ "Genomics company 23andMe to launch weight-loss study focused on diet, exercise and genes". Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  11. ^ Farr, Christina (June 1, 2018). "Alphabet's Verily has hired top execs to bring its science research into hospitals and homes". CNBC. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  12. ^ Singer, Emily. "Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki". MIT Technology Review. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  13. ^ staff, (May 22, 2018). "2018 Disruptor 50: No. 7 23andMe". CNBC. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  14. ^ Ferris, Robert (May 5, 2016). "You don't have to be a genius to contribute to science, entrepreneur says". CNBC. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  15. ^ "About Us - 23andMe Media Center". 23andMe Media Center. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  16. ^ Davies, Kevin (2009). "Linda Avey on an Alzheimer's Brainstorm". Bio-IT World. Retrieved June 19, 2018.
  17. ^ "Meet the female founders of US 'unicorns'". June 3, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  18. ^ "23andMe gets $200 million in funding to bring its genetic testing to the masses". Business Insider. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  19. ^ "Bio-IT World". Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ Herper, Matthew. "Helix Bets An 'App Store' Can Make Consumers Care About Their DNA". Forbes. Retrieved July 20, 2018.