Alum’s company uses machine learning & chemistry to detect cancer in early stages

If Gabe Otte ‘11 hadn’t had a Cornell advisor who steered him down a more challenging path and hadn’t had some chance conversations with Nobel Prize-winning chemist Roald Hoffman, he might be squirreled away in a lab somewhere. Instead, he’s the CEO of Freenome, a start-up just awarded $5.5 million in venture capital for its product, a data-driven blood test that can detect various types of cancers in their earliest stages and recommend the best treatments. Otte came to Cornell planning to study computer science, but a freshman-year advisor encouraged him to choose another major. “I had been coding and programming since I was nine years old,” Otte said, so he elected to study chemistry and computational biology, using his knack for computer science to do his homework. “I fell…


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