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Scifoo: A visit to the Navigenics HQ

Last weekend, I attended the fantastic Scifoo unconference at the Googleplex (see the Flickr images of Duncan Hull), but one day before the event, I was invited to visit the HQ of Navigenics, one of the most famous direct-to-consumer genetic testing companies. As I just started PhD in the field of personalized genetics and had my genome analyzed by them, I felt like a kid in a candy shop and asked them many questions.

So on Friday, I took the Caltrain and went to Redwood City. Then Julie Lyons drove me to Navigenics HQ.


Here is the official sign of the company.


For some reason, I thought the HQ would be different from an ordinary office, but I realized that’s the only way they can co-ordinate almost 50 people. Genetic counselors, medical doctors, PR people, scientists and the employees reponsible for the online presence of Navigenics. See the Twitter account.


And believe me, being a medical advisor at such a company must be a dream job.


It was a great experience for me to see how such a company operates and I was pleased to see how they treat bloggers and their Twitter followers. More about the topic this week on Scienceroll…

8 Comments Post a comment
  1. Thanks for visiting us at Navigenics! We loved meeting you and hearing about your work and international travel. All the Best, Navigenics Social Media team

    July 20, 2009
  2. Very nice Berci, that was neat that you had the tour and were able to visit! Will look forward to the next update.

    July 21, 2009
  3. My pleasure, Lauren! I really enjoyed it!

    Thanks, Barbara! Will do so!

    July 21, 2009

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