Big data is going to make us all healthier.

Anne Wojcicki

Anne Wojcicki

Profession: Entrepreneur
Nationality: American

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TIVO was a big shift in how people watched TV, but everyone understood the concept of TV. No one really understands the concept of, well why would I want my genetic information?

I'm action-oriented.

The goal of having more and more information is really to better be able to predict what is your health outcome going to be.

When I was young, I ate Ho Hos every day.

Big challenges are an accumulation of small challenges.

For people who want to be proactive about their health, there is a lot of information that we can provide. If you are going to have children, I think you have a responsibility to know if you are carrying anything. A lot of people tend to do the testing once they are pregnant.

You don't do new things and try to change the system without generating debate.

As the knowledge around personalized medicine continues to grow, consumers should expect their healthcare providers to begin to incorporate genetic information into their treatments and preventative care.

I still meet old-school scientists who are like, 'Oh honey, women aren't good at science.' You kind of dismiss them as insane.

The paternalism of the medical industry is insane.

You may not know your complete family history, but the reality is everyone has something, and as you get older, you start to worry about these things more. Health is not sort of like a 6-month project. Health is a lifetime accumulation of behaviors.

I've come to the conclusion that you shouldn't have to see a genetic counselor. It should be a choice.

There's a beauty in being unrealistic.

I did a lot of fun things before I had kids - I traveled a lot. Now, I just really love being with my kids.