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23andMe Launches Genotyping Services for Research Grant Program

October 19, 2016

Company will present research on host of topics, from nail biting to BMI, at the American Society of Human Genetics Annual Meeting

VANCOUVER, British Columbia – October 19, 2016 – 23andMe, Inc. today announced a grant program as part of its Genotyping Services for Research platform. The program aims to accelerate research studies and elicit proposals in which the 23andMe experience is likely to help facilitate participant recruitment and enhance engagement.

Proposals will be selected based on scientific significance, approach, feasibility, investigator expertise, innovativeness of the project and inclusion of the evaluation of the impact of return of genetic information on participant engagement. Educational institutions, universities and research centers performing genomics research in the United States are eligible.

Two proposals will be selected from among the program submissions; each will receive 200 23andMe DNA Collection kits for their prospective genotyping study. Beginning today, interested researchers can apply to the grant program at the following

“At 23andMe our model is to treat research participants as true partners,” said Ruby Gadelrab, 23andMe vice president of commercial marketing. “We find that study participants are much more engaged when they have the opportunity to learn about their personal genetic information, and this makes recruitment for research studies much easier.”

The announcement of the grant program is part of a major company presence at the American Society of Human Genetics (ASHG) Annual Meeting, the world’s largest gathering of human genetics researchers, this week in Vancouver. The company is presenting insights on the landmark population health study its powering in collaboration with Nevada-based health system Renown Health and the Desert Research Institute (DRI), which recruited more than 10,000 study volunteers in less than 48 hours. The study’s principal investigator, Joe Grzymski, Ph.D., from DRI will be sharing information on the study and insights gleaned in the recruiting process.

The presentation will headline 23andMe’s educational seminar, New Models in Genotyping: Incentivizing Recruitment, Engaging Participants and Accelerating Research Results. The seminar takes place Thursday, Oct. 20 from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Ballroom B, East Building, Vancouver Convention Centre. Following is a full list of seminar topics:

  • How the consumerization of genomics benefits research
    Joyce Tung, Ph.D., VP of research, 23andMe
  • An integrated community health pilot study using 23andMe Genotyping Services for Research: how to rapidly recruit 10,000 participants.
    Joe Grzymski, Ph.D., Senior Director, Applied Innovation Center; Associate Research Professor, Computational Biology and Microbiology – Desert Research Institute
  • Studying impulsivity, alcoholism and loneliness using in person and internet-based phenotyping
    Abraham Palmer, Ph.D., Professor & Vice Chair for Basic Research, Department of Psychiatry – University of California San Diego
  • Studying multiple sclerosis patients at home using genotyping, MR imaging and phenotypic data collection from the myMS app
    Daniel Pelletier, MD, Vice Chair of Research, Department of Neurology; Professor of Neurology and Radiology; Chief, Neuro-Immunology Division and USC Multiple Sclerosis Center; Director, Advanced Imaging in Multiple Sclerosis (AIMS) Laboratory; Keck School of Medicine — USC
  • Reimagining genetic studies: Genotyping Services for Research
    Robert Borkowski, Ph.D., product manager, 23andMe

In addition, Richard Scheller, Ph.D., 23andMe chief science officer and head of therapeutics, is speaking today, Wednesday, Oct. 19, on the topic From GWAS and Mendelian Genes to Therapeutic Drug Targets.

23andMe scientists also have a number of scheduled platform and poster presentations on topics ranging from nail biting to body mass index (BMI).


23andMe posters (on display throughout conference):

There are also a number of presentations and posters by 23andMe collaborators.

Platform presentations:


About 23andMe

23andMe, Inc., headquartered in Sunnyvale, CA, is a leading consumer genetics and research company. Founded in 2006, the company’s mission is to help people access, understand, and benefit from the human genome. 23andMe has pioneered direct access to genetic information as the only company with multiple FDA clearances for genetic health reports. The company has created the world’s largest crowdsourced platform for genetic research, with 80% of its customers electing to participate. The 23andMe research platform has generated more than 180 publications on the genetic underpinnings of a wide range of diseases. The platform also powers the 23andMe Therapeutics group, currently pursuing drug discovery programs rooted in human genetics across a spectrum of disease areas, including oncology, respiratory, and cardiovascular diseases, in addition to other therapeutic areas. More information is available at