Is DNA the programming language of the future? What role do genetics and personalized medicine play in the healthcare revolution? Can big data and community unlock secrets to a healthier life? Join Anne Wojcicki, CEO and co-founder of 23andMe, for a keynote presentation at the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival, where she will explore such questions and share insights on the future of biotechnology and the role of genetic knowledge in our lives.
Wojcicki co-founded 23andMe after a decade spent in healthcare investing, focused primarily on biotechnology companies. Her hope is to empower consumers with access to their own genetic information, now available for $99, and to create a way to generate more personalized information so that commercial and academic researchers can better understand and develop new drugs and diagnostics. 23andMe has built one of the world’s largest databases of individual genetic information and an unprecedented online community. Its web-based research approach allows for the rapid recruitment of participants to many genome-wide association studies at once, reducing the time and money needed to make new discoveries.
Be at SXSW on Sunday, March 9 at 2:00 pm in Exhibit Hall 5 of the Austin Convention Center when Anne Wojcicki will take the stage. Register for an Interactive, Gold or Platinum badge before rates increase at the end of the day on Friday, November 22 to be a part of this very special experience.
The SXSW Interactive Festival features five daily keynote presentations, many of which reflect a focus on science for 2014. In addition to the Anne Wojcicki keynote on Sunday, March 9, author Austin Kleon and mad scientist Adam Savage are also keynoting the event. Stay tuned for additional keynote announcements.
In addition to this incredible keynote content, check out the other 800+ incredible sessions for SXSW Interactive 2014. As always, SXSW provides an abundant marketplace of amazing ideas!
Anne Wojcicki photo courtesy of Jean Philippe Piter