23andMe's Linda Avey is leaving the personal genomics company to start a nonprofit foundation, reports TechCrunch. According to an email Avey sent to employees, her new foundation will focus on Alzheimer's disease research and "will leverage the research platform we've built at 23andMe — the goal is to drive the formation of the world's largest community of individuals with a family history of Alzheimer's, empower them with their genetic information and track their brain health using state-of-the-art tools," the email says. Avey adds that this decision was in part based on her father-in-law suffering from Alzheimer's disease. Avey co-founded 23andMe with Anne Wojcicki in 2006.
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