National Post (National Edition)
23ANDME RAISES MORE THAN US$80M IN EQUITY FINANCING
DNA testing company 23andMe Inc. raised more than US$80 million in equity in a financing round led by Sequoia Capital and NewView Capital. According to SEC filings, the company offered US$85 million in equity and sold about US$82.5 million. Previously, the company had raised about US$791 million. Consumer genetics firms like 23andMe have helped to turn recreational DNA testing into a widespread phenomenon, as more than 12 million of its customers have spit into a tube to learn about their ancestry and health background. The company cut 14 per cent of its jobs earlier this year as sales of its services slowed. In recent years, 23andMe has begun moving beyond telling individual consumers about their DNA and begun work developing therapeutics.