Luna rewards people to share the data they already own.
As the DNA database grows, it will become increasingly valuable to the entire medical research industry.
As personal DNA sequencing has risen in popularity, the data has become siloed as each company looks to maximize their individual profit from this data.
There is currently little incentive for consumers to contribute their DNA and health information to a third party database.
There are also multiple privacy, security, and trust issues that limit broad participation.
Luna is a community owned database that rewards individuals shares in the database and rewards for contributing their DNA and other medical information. Shares entitle members to a share in the profits from medical research and discoveries. The proceeds flow back to the community like dividends as researchers pay to access the data for discovery.
The Luna team combines a deep background in medicine, DNA sequencing, and big data.
CEO & Co-Founder
Bob Kain is a renowned pioneer in genomics. At Illumina, Bob led the invention of the modern, high throughput genome sequencer that brought the cost from millions of dollars down to less than $1000.
He joined Illumina pre-IPO in 1999 and retired in 2014, as the Chief Engineering Officer. Bob is lead inventor on 28 U.S. patents that led to the breakthroughs that have revolutionized genome sequencing. Prior to joining Illumina, Bob was the Director of the Microarray Business Unit at Molecular Dynamics. He is also on the Scientific Advisory Boards of Dovetail Genomics, Singular Genomics, and Edenroc Biosecurity, and is the co-founder of Revere Biosensor. Additionally, he is the co-founder and chairman of the board of a successful health & fitness business, Mesa Rim Climbing and Fitness Center, with multiple locations in San Diego and Reno, Nevada.
Bob received a BS in Physics from San Diego State University and an MBA from Saint Mary’s College of California.
Co-Founder & President
Dawn served as the Vice President of Applied Genomics at Illumina, Inc. Dawn integrated market development strategies with product and business model innovation to accelerate the application of genomics in medicine and personal healthcare. Dawn joined Illumina in 2005.
Prior to Illumina, Dawn spent seven years at Genaissance Pharmaceuticals, one of the first genomics startups focused on individualized medicine and DNA-based diagnostic testing.
She holds a BS in biology from the University of Vermont and a MBA from the University of Connecticut School of Business.
Scott Kahn, Ph.D
Chief Information Officer, Former CIO and VP of Commercial and Enterprise Informatics at Illumina
Co-Founder, Co-Founder and Chief Investment Officer at Ganley Investments, Former Citigroup Executive
Co-Founder, Co-Founder and CTO of Redemption Games, crypto developer and Y Combinator Alumni
Carlos Bustamante, Ph.D
Advisor, Professor of Biomedical Data Science and Genetics at Stanford University