Renowned 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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