|Series B, 5/09 ||$11M|
23andMe, the startup widely known as the company whose founder is the wife of Sergey Brin, has plans to make the human genome searchable. Brin, along with Google, gave 23andMe $3.9 million as part of a series A in May of 2007. The company, cleverly named after the number of paired chromosomes in humans, wants to help you understand what your genes mean by indexing them and highlighting significant findings. 23andMe will allow its clients/users to better understand their ancestry, genealogy, and inherited traits. For researchers and scientist, the company could provide invaluable amounts of neatly categorized and easily searchable data.
To Web 2.0, the significance of this company lies in its ability to potentially allow Google to yet again index another facet of the world's information. With the Biotech and Health Care industries growing rapidly, 23andMe could be Google's entrance into these already multi-billion dollar areas.