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Andreessen Horowitz hires renowned geneticist Srinivasan as general partner

10 Dec 2013

Balaji Srinivasan Andreessen HorowitzRenowned geneticist Balaji Srinivasan has been hired by venture capital major Andreessen Horowitz as its latest general partner.

Srinivasan was the co-founder and CTO of Counsyl, where he developed a new pre-pregnancy genomic test for several heritable diseases.

Counsyl has quickly become one of the largest clinical genome centres in the world, with their technology now used in  about 4 per cent of American pregnancies.

Widely adopted by women’s health groups, their research has made it much more affordable for minorities to do preventive screening for diseases like Sickle-Cell Anemia and Beta Thalassemia.

A statement from Andreessen Horowitz said, “As a General Partner, Balaji will be leading investments and joining boards on behalf of [Andreessen Horowitz].

“While broadly interested in technology in general, he’s particularly enthusiastic about ‘real world’ applications where digital bits interface with physical atoms and substantive problems, such as quantified self (healthcare), MOOCs/edtech (education), Bitcoin (finance), drones, and 3D printing.”

Last month Andreessen Horowitz hired High Line Venture Partners founder Shana Fisher as a new board partner.

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