About Us

Founded by Anne Wojcicki, Linda Avey, Paul Cusenza in 2006, 23andMe launched its Personal Genome ServiceĀ® a year later. 23andMe’s mission is to help people access, understand and benefit from the human genome. Based in Sunnyvale, California, the company currently employs well over 500 people and ships its product to more than 50 countries worldwide.

The Meaning Behind the Name

The name 23andMe refers to the fact that human DNA is organized into 23 pairs of chromosomes. 23andMe connects individuals to their unique, paired set of 23 chromosomes.

Big Data

  • 23andMe has more than 12,000,000 customers.
  • More than 80 percent of our customers have opted-in to participate in our research.
  • To date, the company has collected three billion phenotypic data points (individual survey responses).
  • On average, one individual contributes to 200 different research studies.
  • To date, 23andMe has published more than 150 peer-reviewed studies in scientific journals.