Genetic health tests can be expensive, time consuming and difficult to access. As a result most of us miss out on having valuable information to help us make the best decisions for ourselves and our families’ future.
We believe that an affordable, emotionally supportive, and culturally sensitive environment is super important in making healthcare and genetic services accessible to everyone.
That means making sure people have access to counsellors, doctors, specialists and more support networks that can empower them with the knowledge and agency to make choices that feel right for them.
Health and genetics can be complex, scary and is deeply personal. After all, genetics is all about what you inherit from the family that came before you, and what you pass on to the family that comes after.
We believe that good care embraces every aspect of a person’s experience with compassion, empathy and kindness. It provides honest, thoughtful and accurate advice, and it’s a conversation that hasn’t left emotions out of it.
There are countless companies out there that use genetics to report on all kinds of things from health conditions to nutrition and sporting ability. It can get pretty hard to differentiate between fact and fiction.
We embrace the science and ethics behind genetic testing to only offer you products that we would use ourselves, and recommend to loved ones. These are products that can provide people with relevant information so they can make important health choices.
Systemic biases in the medical and technological industry have long shaped the kind of treatments, cures and recommendations we get at the doctor’s office. These biases continue to result in worse health outcomes for women, people of colour and most other minorities.
One of the many ways we try to help address these inequalities in health outcomes is to empower all of us, as individuals and communities to make more informed choices about our own health and the role we can play in advancing representation in healthcare research.
Founder & CEO
I’m an experienced entrepreneur & product designer that loves to build products that takes something confusing (like genetics) and makes it easy to approach and understand. I’m a bit from all over the place, and I’ve lived and worked in Australia, US, Latin America, Middle East & India. I speak 4 languages and I’m also a bit obsessed with Burning Man.
I started Eugene because unequal health outcomes for people, especially the ones within the same healthcare system, is an infuriating inequity I could no longer stand by. Not to mention, the lack of diversity in genetic data means that as a minority, I’ll personally be on the receiving end of that inequity sooo I figured that I better get to work.
Founder & Chief Clinical Officer
I’m a Genetic Counsellor and I’ve spent the past 10 years working in a clinical setting, providing ethical & clinically relevant genetic testing in public and private health systems, and supporting people through education and psychosocial support at every stage of life from pregnancy, birth and planning for death.
I believe that the current paternalistic model of healthcare isn’t what works for most people and having worked in the system, I’ve come to appreciate how hard it is to change it from the inside. I started Eugene because I want genetics to be accessible to everybody and I’m very passionate about increasing genetic awareness, providing guidance and support, and testing that is relevant and ethical. Most importantly, I want people to have a positive relationship with their genetic status rather than see it as a disability or a disease.
Founder & Chief Technology Officer
I am the keeper of keys and code at Eugene. An experienced technologist and critical thinker I have a proven ability to understand new domains, pinpoint real world problems and create technical solutions. I have a collaborative leadership style and I believe in the empowerment and inclusion of everyone on the team. I thrive in the quick pace and commitment of start-ups and high performing teams where I can apply a range of skills.
I am committed to diversity and equal access to technology, and encourage everyone I can to pursue a career in this industry as I have found it extremely rewarding. My current interests are all things security, functional programming and serverless architecture.
Prof. David Amor
Medical Director & Clinical Geneticist
David trained in paediatrics and genetics at the Royal Children’s Hospital before completing a PhD in Chromosome Biology at the Murdoch Children’s Research Institute. In 2016 he was appointed to the Galli Chair in Developmental Medicine at the University of Melbourne, prior to which he was Director of Victorian Clinical Genetics Services. His current research focuses on the genetics of intellectual disability, the translation of new genetic technologies into clinical practice and the identification of genes for rare syndromes.
David is passionate about raising awareness about genetic conditions and has been integral in the development and implementation of many population screening programs.