LunaPBC™ has proudly promoted their chief architect to spearhead the technical and data science initiatives at the world’s first people-powered research platform, LunaDNA™ – incoming chief technology officer Kirby Bloom.
Kirby has been an integral part of the strategy, design, and development of LunaDNA’s platform, having worked at the parent public benefit company, LunaPBC, since April 2018. With over 20 years of experience developing scalable, distributed cloud architectures, Kirby is bridging the gap between research scientists and large-scale data analytics by building the systems needed to discover more insights for health and quality of life improvement.
Kirby served as the Head of Software for Applied Genomics at international biotechnology company, Illumina, Inc. After 11 years creating software architecture for Illumina’s DNA testing platforms serving the forensics, transplant diagnostics, microbiology, and consumer markets, Kirby joined former Illumina executives Dawn Barry, Bob Kain, and Scott Kahn, to create LunaDNA, the world’s first participant-owned, SEC-qualified health data sharing platform for accelerating medical breakthroughs.
As CTO, Kirby leads the technology vision and implementation for LunaDNA by driving strategy, designing innovative product roadmaps, and overseeing technology and engineering team execution.
“My entire career has been devoted to making ‘the complex’ simple in order to improve lives,” says Kirby Bloom. “I feel honored and just flat-out lucky to have the opportunity to be a part of a purpose-driven team that is building a platform that truly enables personal control on one end and insights to drive health research on the other.”
LunaDNA’s technical team includes former employees of Netflix, Kaiser Permanente, and Human Longevity, Inc. with skills that range from software engineering to machine learning to platform strategy and human-centered design.
“Kirby has so many strengths but one that always stands out to me is his perspective. He sees the bigger picture, naturally adjusts for all that is dynamic, and doesn’t get lost in the details”, said Dawn Barry, President and Co-founder of LunaPBC. “For example, while many companies are scrambling to increase their consumer data privacy protections, Kirby architected LunaDNA with privacy by design because it’s what discovery needs and because protecting people is the just right thing to do. Kirby has tremendous respect from everyone on his team and knows how each individual works to contribute to the overall platform goals. By keeping the end objective in sight, Kirby leads to the vision, not just the short-term goals”.
Kirby Bloom holds a Master of Information and Data Science from the University of California, Berkeley, one of the nation’s top multidisciplinary programs that prepares professionals with the latest tools and analytical methods to work with data at scale, derive insights from complex and unstructured data, and solve real-world problems. Kirby also holds a Bachelor of Business Administration degree in Management Information Systems from Texas Tech University. When Kirby’s not leading LunaDNA’s technology team, you can find Kirby beneath his headphones at a local coffee shop or traveling the world with his fiancée. Connect with Kirby online at @krbloom22 and firstname.lastname@example.org.