The Exploragen story
Exploragen was born out of its founders’ scientific curiosity and passion for improving the lives of others. The company’s founders have deep experience in the medical genetics industry, which has given them an intimate understanding of how DNA affects personal health and well-being.
As new genetic discoveries have increasingly highlighted DNA’s influence on behaviors and preferences, Exploragen’s founders saw an opportunity to bring DNA insights into everyday life. They created Exploragen to build innovative tools and products that connect individuals’ unique DNA to engaging, fun experiences and information. Apps like SlumberType are the first step in this exploration of Bringing DNA to Life.
Ron Andrews, Co-founder and Chief Exploration Officer
Ron’s career in the clinical and molecular diagnostics industry has focused on cancer research and using genetic sequencing can extend life. He’s led some of the industry’s most influential companies, including Thermo Fisher Scientific, Life Technologies, Clarient, Inc., and Roche Molecular Diagnostics. An advocate for the democratization of information, Mr. Andrews is active on Capitol Hill and speaks regularly on healthcare transparency. He serves on numerous boards and is a student of the Servant Leadership philosophy.
Shannon Kieran, Co-founder and Head of Operations
As a leader in personalized genomics, Shannon has vowed to make consumer access to DNA a reality. Educated with an MBA and cross-trained as a board-certified genetic counselor, she thrives at the intersection of biology and business. Her innovative roles at biotech companies including Life Technologies, Navigenics, and Thermo Fisher Scientific complement her time spent one-on-one with patients. Shannon is a serial entrepreneur at heart; she embraces the chaos of startups while offering structure and efficiency to drive her teams to success.
Sara Riordan, Co-founder and Head of Science
Sara Riordan is a genetic counselor with a background in molecular genetic research who believes everyone should have access to the insights that reside in their DNA. In a career spanning both academia and industry, Sara has specialized in oncology, precision medicine, and consumer genomics. Sara is excited by the potential for people to make new discoveries by interacting with their DNA information on a daily basis. A student and teacher of leadership, Sara speaks regularly at national conferences and has served on the Board of Directors of the National Society of Genetic Counselors.
Carl Watts, Head of Technology
Computer science is in Carl’s DNA. He honed his skills at technology companies including Bell Northern Research, Interval Research, ParcPlace Systems, and Palm Computing. Jumping into biotech in 2008 as a senior software engineer at Navigenics, he later partnered with Life Technologies before coming to Exploragen.
Ruby Gadelrab Tudor, Head of Commercial Strategy
Ruby is a seasoned genetics executive whose expertise lies in commercialization. Her previous roles included VP of Commercial Marketing at 23andMe, Head of Marketing at Invitae and Head of International Marketing at Affymetrix. She’s passionate about bringing genetics out of the lab and into the hands of consumers, in engaging, fun, and useful ways.
Aimee Thelander, Product Marketing Manager
Aimee is a hybrid thinker who continually produces innovative approaches to branding, positioning and marketing strategy. Before her time at Exploragen, Aimee worked at advertising agencies as a senior brand manager and a senior marketing strategist with clients across varied industries, including biotech.
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