SAN DIEGO (DECEMBER 6 2019) – Today, LunaPBC announced that LunaDNA has been selected as a winner of Connect’s Most Innovative New Product Awards. Connect, a premier nonprofit helping entrepreneurs with innovative startups in the technology and life sciences sectors, continues its thirty-two-year tradition of celebrating innovation leaders in the local San Diego community.
LunaDNA is a people-powered health data sharing platform for improving the participant engagement, efficiency, and velocity of research. LunaDNA members share genomic, personal, and health data; consent their de-identified data for use in aggregate for population-level research; and earn ownership shares in LunaDNA.
“We are honored to have won such a prestigious award that recognizes local innovation and unites people who whole-heartedly and consistency support San Diego’s culture,” said LunaPBC’s President and Co-Founder Dawn Barry.
LunaPBC, the public benefit corporation managing LunaDNA, was awarded in the Life Science and Healthtech category at the annual Innovation Awards event held on Thursday, December 5th, at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine. Winners were selected in the following seven categories: Big Data; Cleantech; Defense; Medical Device; Life Science and Healthtech; Smart City & Transportation, and Software.
For a complete list of winners and additional information, please visit the Connect’s website.
LunaPBC was proudly founded in 2017 in San Diego, California by former Illumina executives and leaders in large-scale consumer platforms and economics. LunaDNA soft launched in December 2018 concurrent with SEC-qualification, thus making LunaDNA the world’s first company to offer shares of ownership in the organization to health data contributors.
For more than 30 years, Connect has focused on supporting and elevating entrepreneurs in the San Diego region. The organization has a long history as a powerhouse of resources for innovators, including mentorship, education, and connection to capital. Connect serves entrepreneurs and startups throughout their growth journey, from early stage to capital raise, with a suite of curated programs and events aimed to help companies grow, gain access to capital, and scale.