By Turna Ray

23andMe co-founder Linda Avey announced last week that she will leave the helm of the Mountain View, Calif.-based personal genomics firm she helped launch in order to start a new research foundation focused on Alzheimer's disease.

The foundation will use 23andMe's research platform and its database of genetic risk association information to investigate the causes and discover new treatments for the disease.

Avey's departure was effective as of Sept. 4, the day the announcement was made.

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