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13 women leading the life sciences movement in Silicon Valley

by • April 6, 2016 • No Comments

Ryan Phelan wants to bring back the Woolly Mammoth via ancient DNA. She is the executive director of Revive & Restore, a startup working to enhance biodiversity through the genetic rescue of endangered and extinct species.

Ryan already serves on the board of directors of the Personal Genome Project, which aims to sequence and publicize the achieve genomes and medical records of 100,000 volunteers, in order to enable research into personalized medicine.

In 2005 Phelan launched DNA Direct, the initially medical genetics company to focus on delivering personalized medicine to the consumer market. The company was acquired in 2010 by Medco Health Solutions (with over 55 million Medco members) to provide pharmacogenetic testing services and clinical assist focused on drug/gene interactions.

In 2001, she was co-founder and director of the ALL Species Foundation, a global science initiative to discover all life on planet Earth in 25 years. It led to the online Encyclopedia of Life, which so far has collected web pages on 925,000 species.

In 1995, she founded Direct Medical Knowledge – a consumer health website one-of-a-kind for its content depth and an new search interface which was acquired by WebMD in 1999. DMK’s content became the backbone of WebMD’s consumer health site.


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