Twenty years ago, it cost $2.7 billion to sequence the human genome. Now, that’s closer to $500. More than ever before, we can use genetic testing to stay healthy by predicting and preventing health issues long before they happen. And yet, we’re still living a world where healthcare is about treating sickness rather than preventing it.
Though we found our way to the power and potential of genomics through such different paths, we were always aligned in what we wanted to create and the impact we wanted to make.
Everyday since we began, we’ve been on a mission to help all families gain personal knowledge about their genetics, navigate the vulnerability of health, and be empowered to own their health journey from start to finish.
Losing my father to inherited heart disease led me to genomics to explore what we inherit from all those who came before us and what we pass on to all those who come after. I found a world where most people remain under-represented in the research that’s supposed to create the future of healthcare to improve our lives. Worse still, we remain entrenched in a system devoted to treating sickness rather than preventing it.
It inspired a personal mission to drive global and equitable access to the future of healthcare — one that’s personalised, preventive and in your home.
For a decade I supported people through many difficult stages of life, from planning a pregnancy, adjusting to a personal diagnosis, to navigating the loss of much wanted pregnancies and children. It was humbling and powerful to support people during crises where impossible decisions needed to be made.
All the while, I understood first hand that genomics can provide advance knowledge and the power to prevent these outcomes. The desire to prevent suffering and be able to help more people make empowered healthcare choices is what drove me to start Eugene.
Chief Clinical Officer & Genetic Counsellor
MBBS, FRACP, PhD
Medical Director & Clinical Geneticist
MBBS (hons) FRACP FCSANZ
Cardiologist & Genetics Fellow
Professor of Genetics
Assoc. Genetic Counsellor