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This excerpt taken from the GOOG DEF 14A filed Mar 25, 2008.

Investment in 23andMe, Inc.

In May 2007, Google invested approximately $3.9 million in the Series A preferred stock financing of 23andMe, Inc., a privately-held personal genetics company dedicated to helping individuals understand their own genetic information through DNA analysis technologies and web-based interactive tools. 23andMe’s Series A financing involved a number of additional investors including New Enterprise Associates, Mohr Davidow Ventures and Genentech, Inc. In November 2007, Google purchased additional shares of Series A preferred stock of 23andMe held by an investor in 23andMe’s Series A preferred stock financing for approximately $500,000. Anne Wojcicki, who is a co-founder of 23andMe and who is also a shareholder and member of the board of directors, is married to Sergey Brin, Google’s President, Technology, one of our founders and a member of our board of directors. Sergey also holds approximately 37.3% of Google’s Class B common stock. Prior to Google’s investment in 23andMe, Sergey provided approximately $2.6 million in interim debt financing to 23andMe, which was repaid as part of this financing transaction. Genentech’s Chief Executive Officer, Arthur Levinson, is also a member of the board of directors of Google. Google holds a minority interest in 23andMe as a result of these investments.

Google’s Audit Committee reviewed and approved these transactions as part of Google’s procedures for entering into transactions with related parties. As part of its decision-making process, the Audit Committee was advised by independent counsel and received and considered a report from an independent advisor as to the valuation of 23andMe.

 

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