Pan-galactic experience: the 23andMe “official launch” webcast

23andMesecurityandprivacyWow, what an all web experience it was: Linda Avey and Anne Wojcicki co-founders presenting their slides on the just launched personal genome service of their company 23andMe, then answering questions. The whole webcast will be available later on their website.

Here is a very short account of their webcast based on my texting and ears: Of course, they are planning to launch a blog later, they are in close contact with F.D.A. people to get things right, the genetic data on the 23andMe are belonging to customers, Google Health connection: not any right now, but open to work with anybody to empower individuals’ advance research, consumers are parts of the research process via answering surveys (so this is not really user-generated content in a Wikipedian way).

Some of my questions were connected to 23andMe’s mission to support academic research, a mission I wanted to put to the test:

– Do they plan to launch PhD programs and setting up a wholly functional research lab? Answer: a little laugh after this question and Linda Avey said something like that “oh, no, maybe later, who knows?”.

– Do they plan to organise research conferences to support research? Answer: “It’s something that we have and plan.”

My third accepted question (with a terrible English) was (the unaccepted ones were of course more intertesting. 🙂

socialnetworking XY.0

The answer was the usual “yeah, later”.

23andMe on Pimm:

Web entrepreneurs and biotech: strangers from distant lands

23andMe: “official launch” webcast by co-founders Avey and Wojcicki

23andMe’s mission: connecting all people on the DNA level or social networking XY.0

The new faces of Silicon Valley: biotech-savvy co-founders Avey-Wojcicki

The life extension bonus effect of personal genome services: +10 years?

Spit a big in a tube, search with Genome Explorer: the 23andMe way

23andMe: the early bird of web based biotech startups

Update: Berci Meskó of Scienceroll has also been a webwitness of the Webcast.

3 thoughts on “Pan-galactic experience: the 23andMe “official launch” webcast

  1. I just looked at my own notes … and I had a little note on the “laugh” as well.

    Will write about this tonight. It was actually a fairly impressive webcast as far as calls of this type go.

    I figured that you asked the Social Networking XY.0 question. Berci also asked a couple

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