The Future of Healthcare: “Greatly increase personal genome sequencing and the sharing of genomic data” with Gabriel Moulinou, founder of Project Genome

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As a part of my series about “The Future of Healthcare” I had the pleasure of interviewing Gabriel Moulinou. Gabriel is founder of ProjectGenome. He is a stock market investor and crypto trader.
By Joshua Smith, Author of upcoming book The Art of Healthcare Innovation.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
My career started as an investor in capital markets. After I got to know the world of crypto currencies, I became more interested in them than in stock. I met my current colleagues and decided to start doing something innovative. So came the idea about the Project Genome.
Can you share the most interesting story that happened to you since you began your career?
The most interesting moment in my carrier as an entrepreneur has been the day on which we announced Project Genome. I think that, for several reasons, the timing was perfect for announcing a privacy-focused personal genomics service. Our work has immediately attracted much interest, and I became an entrepreneur overnight. It has been an incredible experience.
Can you tell us about your “Big Idea That Might Change The World”? How do you think this will change the world?
Our mission is to drive the adoption of personal genome sequencing and sharing of genomic data. The availability of large genomic datasets will have a huge impact on healthcare. It will enable researchers to understand why we get sick and how to create personalized treatments. Today, many people can already greatly benefit from sequencing their genomes. It enables one to understand disease risks and take preventive actions, avoid drugs that are likely to have side effects and reduce the risk of having children that are affected by severe genetic conditions. The benefits of personal genome sequencing are growing rapidly as researchers learn more about human genetics.
Keeping “Black Mirror” and the “Law of Unintended Consequences” in mind, can you see any potential drawbacks about this idea that people should think more deeply about?
Genetic information can be misused to discriminate and stigmatize people. For example, a person may be denied insurance because of genetically determined risks. Discrimination in other areas such as employment, education, and housing is also conceivable. Genetics may also affect personal relationships as people who are a carrier for genetic diseases or have undesirable traits might encounter difficulties finding a partner. These risks deter many people from genetic testing. Project Genome seeks to address this issue by offering a privacy-focused personal genomics service that relies on multiple cryptographic techniques to protect personal genomic data.
What do you need to lead this idea to widespread adoption?
Wide adoption of personal genome sequencing will occur when the benefits outweigh the costs and the perceived risks. The benefits of personal genome sequencing are rapidly growing thanks to research that advances our understanding of human genetics. Project Genome is reducing the costs of personal genome sequencing and addressing privacy concerns. Our goal is to make personal genome sequencing free by shifting costs to pharma companies as well as secure by utilizing blockchain and privacy-preserving cryptographic techniques.
Based on the future trends in your industry, if you had a million dollars, what would you invest in?
Technologies and services that can accelerate drug development and reduce costs. For example, technologies that enable rational drug target discovery and drug design.
Which principles or philosophies have guided your life? Your career?
I have always tried to work on important, difficult problems. While this maximizes chances of having a significant impact it also leads to many failures. I found it easier to deal with this adopting a stoic life philosophy.
Can you share with our readers what you think are the most important “success habits” or “success mindsets”?
I think it’s important to be attentive to opportunities that might unexpectedly arise and be prepared to take them. Practically, this means to have broad interests, interact with people with people from different professional backgrounds and build a generalizable skillset that can be applied to different problems.
Some very well-known VCs read this column. If you had 60 seconds to make a pitch to a VC, what would you say?
The age of personal genomics is here. It will transform our lives and create a new breed of billion-dollar companies. Project Genome is well positioned to play a key role in this emerging space. We have a team that consists of Harvard- and Google-trained software developers, bioinformaticians and cryptographers. We also have a business model that addresses the challenges that our competitors are facing.
Furthermore, we already raised a funding round from top investors, launched the first iteration of our platform, started generating revenues and are preparing to announce major partnerships. In summary, we have the right timing, a strong team, and an innovative business model. These factors combined have resulted in significant traction within a short timeframe.

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