Luna DNA, a startup led by former Illumina executives, has filled out its leadership roster.
The company hired Debra Thompson as vice president of strategy and business operations. Thompson was previously Illumina’s director of market strategy and innovation for clinical genomics.
Aaron Mendes is now Luna’s vice president of marketing, with a background that includes founding Quantio, which was acquired by 1010data.
Luna DNA’s mission includes encouraging people to share their genomics information for medical research — and also compensating them. In contrast, companies like 23andMe make money by selling users’ anonymous genetic data, but don’t pay them.
In addition to the hires, Sharon Terry — CEO of the nonprofit Genetic Alliance — joined Luna’s advisory board.
To accommodate a growing staff, Luna DNA relocated to Solana Beach in the Cedros Avenue district.
Luna picked up $2 million in seed funding in December. Dawn Barry, its president and co-founder, was the San Diego Business Journal's 2017 Business Woman of the Year for her work with Illumina.