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intro’d to Jeff via Mary Lou‘s share:
Jeff Huber takes the CEO role at Grail. Goal: cure all cancer. Jeff is an astonishing talent; I was lucky to see this up close working with him at Google. I can’t wait to see the near future unfold with him in this role. Prepare to be dazzled.
Jeff Huber, who helped lead the development of Google’s ad software and its iconic maps application will be the chief executive of Grail, a startup that raised $100 million last month to create a blood test to detect cancer early, when it is treatable.
Before Laura became sick, Huber was already turning his focus toward biology. He missed the energy of his early days at Google the early days of ads, of Google Apps, of Google Maps. Rather than jumping back into building a big system at Google, it felt to him that biology was going through a “phase change,” like the transition from analog to digital. The ability to get huge amounts of data–like DNA sequence–would allow researchers to understand complex biological systems. And he had the expertise to help with that revolution.
As his family had its personal battle with cancer, Huber had been watching a new idea for fighting the disease take root from his board seat at Illumina. The company had been looking for new uses for its DNA sequencing machines, and its scientists thought that they had found clues that they could detect cancer early with a blood test.
The idea is that cancer cells shed DNA (and also RNA, a related genetic messenger) into the bloodstream. What Illumina’s scientists seemed to be finding was that if you sequenced DNA again and again, not just 30 times as researchers do to get an accurate copy of a single human genome, but hundreds of thousands of times, they thought they could detect these bits of cancer DNA and RNA. Actually making such a blood test would mean finding combinations of many genetic mutations, and require much more research. But the idea was potentially world-changing: a blood test that could detect many types of cancer, early.
Last month, Illumina announced that it was creating a new company, GRAIL, to create this blood test. It is backed with $100 million in funding from Illumina, Sutter Hill Ventures, ARCH Ventures, Jeff Bezos’ Bezos Expeditions and Bill Gates. Today, the company is announcing that Huber will serve as its chief executive
2007 – Google@school – Introduction
google and ed – google started as a phd project
google apps et al.. making it work for your environment
2007 – Web 2.0 Summit
talking about gadgets..widgets… open/easy/mashable/hackable.. extends web in useful ways…
io dance ness… experience.. good on cure ness
dis aggregation extension of applications.. live in cloud.. embeddable/portable.. what rss did for content.. gadgets now doing for applications… lets me syndicate utility instead of just content…
people doing.. re aggregation.. letting things talk to each other… w/o having to start from ground up each time you want to do that…
changing historical perception of what advertising it
perhaps too.. changing need for advertising.. no?
all this.. 100 thousand sites… billions of apps… due to open distribution model… no longer critical to have top guy
we see extending beyond consumer side…
on winning the platform… we thinking that race is over.. the internet has already won… the platform is containers all over the web…. let’s go build the programmable web..
now: Google[x] // earlier at Google: Ads, Apps, and Maps // board member at Illumina & Electronic Arts // motorsports racing enthusiast
Prior to Grail, Jeff worked at Google[x] at the intersection of life sciences and computation. Previously at Google, Jeff led development for Google Ads (2003-1011), Google Apps (2005-2010), and Google Maps (2011-2013).
Earlier, Jeff was vice president of architecture and systems development at eBay and senior vice president of engineering at Excite@Home, where he led consumer product and infrastructure development.
Jeff holds a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the University of Illinois and a master’s degree from Harvard University. He is a board member of Electronic Arts (EA) and The Exploratorium, and former board member of Illumina (ILMN; 2014-2016).