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.
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 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.