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Silicon Valley: Monthly Lunch
$20; includes lunch, tax and gratuity (pay at door)

About the Event

Making the Inaccessible, Accessible

Unlocking the Power of Genomics to Improve Human Health


It’s now possible to sequence a full human genome for $1,000 in a single day. During the days of the human genome project about a decade ago, it took a number of years and over $3 billion to sequence one person’s genomic information. Such dramatic technology breakthroughs in DNA sequencing are opening doors to new opportunities previously inaccessible to the general public.

In this talk, Amanda will explore new advances in the microbiome, non-invasive prenatal testing, carrier screening, liquid biopsy, and consumer genomics that are beginning to become accessible through genomics. She will also discuss different business models for creating breakthrough companies advancing novel applications in genomics to improve human health and beyond.

About the Speaker

Amanda Cashin (PhD ’06)
Co-Founder and Head of Illumina Accelerator
Amanda is Co-Founder and Head of Illumina Accelerator, a leading company creation engine and investment vehicle focused on building genomics-driven startups. Founded in Fall 2014 in San Francisco, Illumina Accelerator has invested in over 10 startups advancing breakthrough applications in genomics, including applications in therapeutics, women’s health, cancer diagnostics, consumer nutrition, agriculture, synthetic biology, and skin microbiome. Previously, Amanda was Senior Vice President of Life Science at Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc./Alexandria Venture Investments where she helped build Alexandria’s life science practice and grew and managed Alexandria’s $250M+ life science venture capital portfolio. Amanda earned a PhD in Chemical Biology from Caltech, is an advisor and co-founder of the Caltech Biotech Club, and is a member of the Caltech Biology and Biological Engineering Chair’s Council. She graduated summa cum laude with a Bachelor's degree in Physical Organic Chemistry from the University of Colorado, Boulder. Her scientific expertise and peer-reviewed publications are in the fields of biochemistry, organic chemistry, physical chemistry, pharmacology, electrophysiology, and neuroscience.

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