GeneSavvy is a start-up company based in Mercer Island, WA that is aiming to create a new standard for genetic testing & analysis.

GeneSavvy’s core mission is to leverage biodata to improve quality and duration of life by understanding the root cause of complex health conditions rather than just treating symptoms. We believe that genomic data has the power to change the landscape of healthcare. By focusing on disease prevention and health optimization, GeneSavvy’s reports give actionable insights into how individuals can immediately start improving their wellbeing. The GeneSavvy Starter Kit utilizes Illumina’s Next Generation Sequencing Technology, and the data is then processed through GeneSavvy’s proprietary bioinformatics pipeline and reporting software and is now available for purchase.

Meet Our Team

Kris Fobes, CEO

Kris has been an active member of the integrative and functional medicine community for almost 20 years. Having owned his own naturopath clinics in Seattle, WA, Kris was inspired to start GeneSavvy when he realized the paucity of data utilized by existing genetic testing companies that people were using to make critical decisions about their health. He knew that the technology was available both to sequence every gene and process the enormous amount of data that would be generated…so why wasn’t there a solution that gave both clients and providers the whole picture? With a little help from a course in Data Analysis for Genomics from Harvard University, he decided to build one himself.

Chris Nielson, CTO

Chris Nielson and Kris Fobes not only have phonetically identical first names, they also happen to be childhood best friends. Thus, when Kris decided to start his own biotechnology company, he knew who he wanted to have at his side. Chris graduated from the University of Washington in 2008 with a B.S. in Electrical and Electronics Engineering. He proceeded to work as a Software Engineer at Microsoft until he joined the GeneSavvy team.

Jodie Eilers, Brand & Creative Director

Jodie Eilers has advanced degrees in Graphic Design, Commercial Art, General Art and Photography. With over 20 years of experience in user experience, visual design, art direction, brand development and content design, Jodie has led teams at Microsoft and started two successful independent ventures. When not working, scaling mountains, or traveling the world, Jodie also sees clients as a Functional Medicine Certified Health Coach (FMCHC), currently pursing certification in the autoimmune protocol (AIP). 

Sloane Tilley, Sales Director

Sloane holds a B.S. and M.S. in Environmental Health Science and Engineering from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Since graduating in 2017, she has worked for start-up and scaling biotechnology companies in teh areas of business development, operations, product management, marketing, and sales. Having studied the genomic- and epigenomic-mediated health effects of environmental exposures in grad school, she was excited to return to her roots with GeneSavvy’s revolutionary technology. Sloane is also currently pursuing her MBA at the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University as a member of the global executive program.