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Biomedical Informatics Entrepreneurs Salon: Linda Avey, CEO & Co-founder,; Co-founder, 23andMe

April 20th, 2023 ~ 05:00pm - 06:00pm

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A monthly conversation about medicine, biology, computers, and entrepreneurship, hosted by Harvard OTD and the HMS Dept. of Biomedical Informatics. Open to all.

Featured speaker: Linda Avey reflects on her career journey and how the challenges she encountered in personalized health led to the founding of 23andMe and Precisely. From consumer genetics and the quantified self-movement to AI, Linda will share her insights and vision for the future of a digital-first health system.

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Featured Speaker

Linda Avey

CEO & Co-founder,; Co-founder, 23andMe

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Linda Avey is the co-founder and CEO of Austin-based Precisely (, a digital assistant for automating routine medical flows and implementing personalized, value-based care.

In 2006 Linda envisioned and co-founded 23andMe, the leading consumer genetics research company (NASDAQ: ME). Her experience in the genetics research industry, and its need for more participants, led to her concept of the 23andMe research model, which links genetic data to health information from the company’s millions of users. This is now fueling the discovery of potential drug targets and landing pharmaceutical partnerships valued in the hundreds of millions USD.

Linda is on the advisory board of Alphabet's life science subsidiary Verily and the Board of Fellows of Stanford Medical School. She was the founding independent board director at Rock Health, the first venture fund dedicated to digital health, where she advised startups ideating new ways of delivering healthcare.


Isaac Kohane, MD, PhD

Chair of the Department of Biomedical Informatics, Harvard Medical School

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Isaac “Zak” Kohane, MD, PhD, is the inaugural chair of Harvard Medical School’s Department of Biomedical Informatics, whose mission is to develop the methods, tools, and infrastructure required for a new generation of scientists and care providers to move biomedicine rapidly forward by taking advantage of the insight and precision offered by big data. Kohane develops and applies computational techniques to address disease at multiple scales, from whole health care systems to the functional genomics of neurodevelopment.

He also has worked on AI applications in medicine since the 1990’s, including automated ventilator control, pediatric growth monitoring, detection of domestic abuse, diagnosing autism from multimodal data and most recently assisting clinicians using whole genome sequence and clinical histories to diagnose rare or unknown disease patients.

His most urgent question is how to enable doctors to be most effective and enjoy their profession when they enter into a substantial symbiosis with machine intelligence. He is a member of the National Academy of Medicine, the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the American College of Medical Informatics.

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