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Ohanian joins a lineup of investors across technology, healthcare, and media, including Founders Fund, Adrian Aoun (CEO, Forward Health), Brent Saunders (former CEO, Allergan), Patrick Hsu (Bioengineering Professor, UC Berkeley), Hugo Barra (CEO, Detect), Austen Allred (CEO, Bloom Institute of Technology), Packy McCormick (Founder, Not Boring), Shrug Capital, Alexandra Botez (influencer), Anthony Pompliano, and many others.
The additional funding, along with the company’s initial seed financing raised in 2021, will help Nucleus bolster its scientific and engineering team. They are continuing to set up the computational and physical infrastructure required to analyze whole-genome sequencing (WGS) data at scale, customize disease and trait reports, and send genetic testing kits to users.
Nucleus provides WGS genetic testing kits for users to receive rare variant analysis and polygenic scores across a wide variety of diseases and traits — ranging from breast cancer risk to longevity disposition. Individuals who have done DTC microarray genetic testing from companies such as 23andMe can upload their genotyped DNA on the Nucleus platform to receive a subset of the possible genetic analyses, centering around polygenic scores. These scores are calculated by combining the effects of hundreds, thousands, or even millions of DNA letters that vary from one individual to another.
A big part of Nucleus’ mission is to ensure that the user’s overall experience from the reports is personalized by combining genetic and non-genetic data.
“We want people to see all their data — their whole-genome sequence, blood tests, doctors’ reports, sleep cycle, running duration — their entire health story in one place,” said Lasse Folkersen, Ph.D., Nucleus’ Chief Scientific Officer. “But…
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