Alternative Careers in Biotech: Anna Skaya, Founder of Basepaws
Cats are humans’ other best friend! In Los Angeles alone, there are an estimated 771,076 households that have one or more cats as pets and unconditional sources of companionship and friendship. Despite the high number of cat owners in LA and all over the country, however, there is extremely little research about feline genetics when the numbers are compared to canine genetics and research. Meet Basepaws, a Los Angeles based startup, that is focusing to change this imbalance in research and bring feline research to the forefront. According to their website, “At the Conference on Canine and Feline Genetics and Genomics (2019), for example, canine‑focused presentations outnumbered feline‑focused presentations roughly 5 to 1. In addition, when it comes to the number of sequenced genomes from each species, the goals (and available research funding) for the two fields look completely different." Thus, to bridge this gap, their goal is to build the world’s largest feline genomics database. Learning genomic information about cats is extremely important because it enables us to better learn about caring about cats. Through DNA and a genomic library, we can learn more about diseases, health issues, and traits to create the best products for cats possible. We virtually sat down with Anna Skaya, the founder of Basepaws, to ask her all about it. You can also learn more by checking out their website: https://basepaws.com.
Anna is the founder and CEO of Basepaws, a provider of low-cost pet genomic products and services. After Anna’s own personal 23andMe genetic testing revealed some unsettling truths about her greater likelihood for developing a serious disease, she was inspired to learn more and ended up studying at Singularity University. . Today, Basepaws is the first at-home cat genetics test and has had great success over the years. In 2019 alone, Basepaws exhibited at CES, won the Purina Innovation Prize, earned coverage in Fortune, and after a winning pitch on Shark Tank was invited to attend Mr. Wonderful’s Founder Summit. Support the show (https://www.animalcaretrustusa.org/donate/)
Anna Skaya, the CEO of Basepaws, joined Stacy last year on CCP Episode 213, and now she’s back to update Stacy on everything that has happened in the past year—including a successful appearance on Shark Tank! Basepaws is a simple, at-home DNA test for your cat that can give you an idea of the breeds your cat has in its DNA, and if your cat is a carrier for certain genetic diseases. According to Anna, Basepaws is laser-focused on cats, and the Basepaws test represents the first time that so many genetic tests for cats have been combined into one—and that such testing has been made affordable. Anna and Stacy also discuss feline nutrition, and how genetic testing will affect the personalization of nutrition as more and more data is gathered. There is a lot of research happening at Basepaws, and your cat may even qualify for free testing and reports, depending on breed and health conditions. One of the issues Basepaws is particularly passionate about is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). As Anna puts it, Basepaws is “way more than just a cat genetic company; we are a feline health company.” To learn more, visit the Basepaws website and check them out on social media to see what other people are saying. If you’re interested in seeing if your kitty qualifies for free testing, visit Basepaw’s Research page. And be sure to sign up for their blog to learn more about upcoming research needs. Anna and Stacy also discuss feline nutrition, and how genetic testing will affect the personalization of nutrition as more and more data is gathered. There is a lot of research happening at Basepaws, and your cat may even qualify for free testing and reports, depending on breed and health conditions. One of the issues Basepaws is particularly passionate about is hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). As Anna puts it, Basepaws is “way more than just a cat genetic company; we are a feline health company.” To learn more, visit the Basepaws website and check them out on social media to see what other people are saying. If you’re interested in seeing if your kitty qualifies for free testing, visit Basepaw’s Research page. And be sure to sign up for their blog to learn more about upcoming research needs.
On episode ONE HUNDRED SEVENTY-THREE of The Purrrcast, Sara and Steven welcome Basepaws CEO, Anna Skaya. We learn all about the company's origins, her cat Coco, growing up with animal-obsessed parents, the eventual robot and cat-uprising, and more! The Purrrcast, talking to cat people because we can't talk to their cats.The Purrrcast is the cat podcast for you and your feline friends. Based in Los Angeles, hosts Sara Iyer and Steven Ray Morris chat with fellow cat enthusiasts about the furry little creatures they love. Not sure how the cats feel about it though.New episodes every Wednesday! Please rate and subscribe in iTunes: thepurrrcast.comEmail us! email@example.comIf you shop on Amazon be sure to click this link and we’ll get a small kickback. Thanks for the support: http://www.amazon.com?_encoding=UTF8&tag=thepurr-20Follow Basepaws:https://www.basepaws.com/https://www.instagram.com/basepaws/https://www.facebook.com/basepawshttps://twitter.com/basepawsLinks Of Interest: - Peter Zippi Memorial Fund - https://www.peterzippifund.org/ - Cat In A Shark Costume Chases A Duck While Riding A Roomba - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Of2HU3LGdbo Follow The Purrrcast on Twitter: https://twitter.com/ThePurrrcaston Instagram: https://instagram.com/thepurrrcast/Please like us on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ThePurrrcastFollow Sara Iyer on Twitter: https://twitter.com/saraanjuliiyerFollow Sara Iyer on Instagram: https://instagram.com/saraiyer/Check out Sara Iyer on Vimeo: https://vimeo.com/saraiyerFollow Steven Ray Morris on Twitter: https://twitter.com/StevenRayMorrisCheck out Steven’s new podcast, See Jurassic Right: https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/see-jurassic-right/id1239538917?mt=2Theme song by Anabot (Analise Nelson) and Dax Schaffer:https://thesaxelnaiad.bandcamp.com/Artwork by Jillian Yoffe: flatratstudio.comPart of the Exactly Right podcast networkSee omnystudio.com/listener for privacy information.
Anna Skaya of Basepaws, One Simple Cat DNA Test, A Lifetime Of Discovery: WeAreLATech Startup Spotlight
WeAreLATech Los Angeles Startups Podcast, hosted by Espree Devora
Don't miss out on the next WeAreLATech podcast episode, get notified by signing up here http://wearelatech.com/podcast Welcome to WeAreLATech's LA Tech Startup Spotlight! “One Simple Cat DNA Test, A Lifetime Of Discovery” Get your very own WeAreLATech tee at http://wearelatech.com/shop WeAreLATech Podcast is a WeAreTech.fm production. To support our podcast go to http://wearelatech.com/believe To be featured on the podcast go to http://wearelatech.com/feature-your-la-startup/ Want to be featured in the WeAreLATech Community? Create your profile here http://wearelatech.com/community Host, Espree Devora https://twitter.com/espreedevora firstname.lastname@example.org Guest, Anna Skaya of Basepaws https://www.linkedin.com/in/annaskaya/ https://twitter.com/annaskaya For a calendar of all LA Startup events go to, http://WeAreLATech.com To further immerse yourself into the LA Tech community go to http://wearelatech.com/vip Links Mentioned: Basepaws, https://www.basepaws.com/ Ancestry, https://www.ancestry.com/ DogVacay, https://dogvacay.com/ Groupon, https://www.groupon.com/ Biotech Connection Los Angeles, https://www.bc-la.org/ People Mentioned: Aaron Easterly, https://www.linkedin.com/in/aaron-easterly-b0745913 Credits: Produced and Hosted by Espree Devora, http://espreedevora.com Story produced, Edited and Mastered by Adam Carroll, http://www.ariacreative.ca/ Show Notes by Karl Marty, http://karlmarty.com Music by Jay Huffman, https://soundcloud.com/jayhuffman Short Title: At-Home Cat Genetics Test
Interview! Anna Skaya, CEO and Founder of Base Paws “The bigger database, the more associations and discoveries we can make.” Anna Skaya is the CEO and founder of Base Paws, a commercial company that conducts feline genetic testing and research. Using the results from genetic testing, we can analyze an individual cat and assess her probability of contracting certain diseases. In less than a year of work, Base Paws has determined that Feline Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM), a common (and serious) disease among cats, affects 15% of cats, using the data collected from willing pet parents and shelters. Perhaps even more importantly, Base Paws’ work can help to predict patterns not just in the individual, but the larger population. Currently Base Paws is enlisting pet parents whose cats fit certain criteria to bring their cat in for testing. This will help Base Paws build both their genetic and behavioral database. Anna says that as the database grows, the accuracy of Base Paws’ predictions and analyses will increase, which could provide critical information about cat health and improve treatment of feline illness overall. To learn more about Base Paws, please visit basepaws.com. If you’re interested in volunteering your cat for testing in order to improve feline genetic research, check out the Base Paws blog and see if your cat qualifies.