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Helix

When Science & Tech Meet: A Conversation with Helix's Rani Powers

PowerToFly was thrilled to partner with Helix for a recent, sold out evening for San Francisco-based women in tech. (Check out photos from that event HERE).

One of our panelists at that event was Rani Powers, a computational biologist at personal genetics company Helix. We sat down with Rani to discuss her work at Helix, how continued education has shaped her views, her patent and about how her role lives at the intersection of tech and science.

Helix is hiring! Follow Helix on PowerToFly to learn more about their open roles.

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In Person Events

A Quick Recap of Our Recent Event in San Francisco

On September 13th, PowerToFly co-hosted an exclusive evening for software engineers, web engineers, data engineers and other women in tech featuring women tech leaders from some of San Francisco's most exciting companies: collaboration platform Dropbox, online marketplace LendingClub, personal genetics company Helix, and sleep and wellness innovator Thrive Global.

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Helix

Exclusive Evening with Women Leading San Francisco’s Top Startups

This event is a great fit for mid to senior software engineers, fullstack engineers, and product managers. If you are interested in attending, please email hi@powertofly for an invite.

PowerToFly is excited to introduce you to women tech leaders at some of San Francisco's most exciting companies including Dropbox, Helix, LendingClub and Thrive Global. The evening will also include an opportunity for you to network with your fellow women in tech over cocktails and light food.

The event takes place on Thursday, September 13th from 6pm to 8pm at ConnectionsSF, located at 424 Clay Street, San Francisco, CA 94111.

Dropbox is a leading global collaboration platform that's transforming the way people work together, from the smallest business to the largest enterprise. With more than 500 million registered users across more than 180 countries, our mission is to unleash the world's creative energy by designing a more enlightened way of working.

LendingClub is America's largest online marketplace connecting borrowers and investors, facilitating personal loans, business loans, and financing for elective medical procedures and K-12 education and tutoring. Borrowers access lower interest rate loans through a fast and easy online or mobile interface. Investors provide the capital to enable many of the loans in exchange for earning interest.

Helix is a personal genomics company with the mission to empower every person to improve their life through DNA. Helix's products can help you map your ancestry, inform you how your genetic makeup is affected by sleep and caffeine, suggest your optimal diet and exercise plan and even recommend wine that's tailored to your DNA. With total funding of over $300 million, Helix has offices in San Carlos, San Diego, San Francisco, and Denver.

Thrive Global's mission is to end the stress and burnout epidemic by offering companies and individuals sustainable, science-based solutions to enhance both well-being and performance. Founded by CEO Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global relies on science and tech to help individuals prioritize well-being as well as increase their capacity for decision-making, creativity and productivity.

Agenda (Subject to Change)

  • 6:00pm - Check-In & Networking over Drinks and Light Food
  • 6:30pm - Event Kickoff with ConnectionsSF
  • 6:35pm - Introductory Remarks by PowerToFly
  • 6:40pm - Panel Discussion featuring
    • Rani Powers, Computational Biologist at Helix
    • Yardley Pohl, Chief Product Officer at Thrive
    • Aisha Ferrazares, Software Engineer/Tech Lead at Dropbox
    • TBD Speaker from LendingClub
  • 6:55pm - Audience Q&A
  • 7:10pm - Networking over Drinks and Light Food

About the Venue: ConnectionsSF is a modern, full-service flex work space for mobile professionals, start-ups, small businesses and independent consultants. Offerings include permanent and shared desks, private offices, and meeting and event spaces, all including fantastic amenities, free coffee and free snacks.

About PowerToFly Events: All RSVP'd attendees are welcome, regardless of race, color, religion, national origin, gender identity, pregnancy, physical or mental disability, or age. If you require accommodation to fully participate in this event, please email hi@powertofly.com, and we will contact you to discuss your specific needs.

Unfortunately, PowerToFly and the company it is holding an event on behalf of cannot admit outside recruiters to that particular event. Please email hi@powertofly.com if you have any questions about this policy.

Helix

Helix Celebrates One Year With "Weekly Gene" Highlights

The 6 best Weekly Genes from their first year

Below is an article originally written by PowerToFly Partner Helix. Go Helix's Page on PowerToFly to see their open positions and learn more.

It's been over 52 weeks since the Helix Store opened. It wasn't long after that we debuted a blog series called The Weekly Gene where we highlight a different human gene each week. Since it started, we've explored genes that may have helped humans grow large brains, genes that we share with snakes and plants, and genes that explain human development and disease. We think of it as a great way to build your DNA vocabulary, learn more about the code that makes all of us unique, and find a path to the genetic insights that are important to you.

Though we've been writing for a year, we've only scratched the surface. With almost 20,000 genes in the human genome, The Weekly Gene has a lot of ground left to cover. Nonetheless, we've explored some interesting, unexpected, and unique aspects of genetics. In honor of our one year anniversary, we've compiled six blogs that our readers and Helix staff particularly enjoyed. If you don't see your favorite here, tweetat us so we know which one you enjoyed most!

#6: Sneezing from the sun? Could be ACHOO syndrome

What causes a person to sneeze? There are the common culprits: pollen, cats, and dust. Then there's the sun. When this happens, it may be the result of variants near the ZEB2 gene which are associated with Autosomal Dominant Compelling Helio-Ophthalmic Outburst Syndrome, also known as ACHOO syndrome. Read the full article to find out more.

#5: Checking the CLOCK in your DNA

Almost all living things have a natural rhythm to them—a periodic cycle of that goes from wide awake to deep in sleep. But why is that? The answer is more genetic than you might think, and it involves a gene called CLOCK. Dive into sleep as we explore the CLOCK gene further.

#4: How DNA helps us harness solar power?

Light travels millions of miles through space to ultimately end its journey in the back of your eye. Though, the energy stored within that light doesn't stop—it transfers from light into the energy we need to see the world around us. The OPN4 gene produces a protein that helps us capture this solar energy and convert it into visual images. See how this happens and more by looking closely at OPN4.

#3: This gene helps your cells breathe

Breathing is so natural to us, we often don't think about what happens to the oxygen after entering our lungs. Somehow, the air we breathe has to be transported throughout our body so that our brains, muscles, and other tissues can use it. This is where the HBB gene comes into play. Learn how oxygen moves through the body and what role it has to play in disease by reading about the HBB gene.

#2: What role does DNA play in Familial Hypercholesterolemia?

Approximately 90% of people who have a condition known as Familial Hypercholesterolemia (FH) don't know they have it. FH causes chronically high levels of cholesterol which predisposes a person to serious health conditions affecting the heart. Fortunately, DNA sequencing can help identify FH before health complications arise. Learn more about this condition and one of the genes responsible through exploration of PCSK9.

Each gene covered so far has gathered its own audience, but none have gained as much attention as this next gene. The most popular Weekly Gene we've published so far is…

#1:The genetics of a freckle

Freckles: Some say they're kisses from angels, others see them as marks of a sunny summer. Those little brownish spots on our skin have to come from somewhere, right? Research tells us that it's a little bit of sun, it's a little bit of genetics, and a little bit of a mystery. To understand where freckles come from and how our skin develops pigment, we turn to the MC1R gene.

Ready to learn about another batch of amazing genes in the human genome? We've got you covered! Stay tuned for more of our Weekly Gene series in the weeks and months ahead.

Helix

A Look at Our Recent Event with Helix

PowerToFly recently teamed up with Helix to present an exclusive event for Bay Area-based women in tech on June 14th.

Helix's mission is simple: empower every person to improve their life through DNA. The Helix team includes scientists, engineers, designers, marketers and more, working across two offices to solve complex challenges locked within the human genome. Helix is home to a host of products that can help you determine anything from your ancestry to the fitness regiment that's best for you and can even offer personalized wine recommendations based on your DNA!

Helix recently closed a Series B funding round, acquired Denver-based app development company HumanCode, and added several C-Suite leaders to its executive team. With total funding of over $300 million, the company has offices in San Carlos, San Diego, San Francisco, and Denver.
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