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Our Goal

We build tools that empower people to understand their health and make informed, timely decisions.

We want to make fast, accurate diagnostic testing as routine as taking your temperature and as accessible as telemedicine. We are motivated by the idea that our products will improve the lives of people we love, and hope to create a healthier world, with the help of everyone in it.

WHO WE ARE

Leading the way

Led by Founder Dr. Jonathan Rothberg, the Detect team is redesigning the future of healthcare with the power of technology.

Dr. Jonathan Rothberg shaking hands with President Obama

Jonathan Rothberg, PhD

Detect founder Dr. Jonathan Rothberg has a strong track record of building successful companies that solve important scientific challenges. He is best known for inventing and commercializing massively parallel DNA sequencing, which earned him a National Medal of Technology and Innovation from President Obama, the nation’s highest honor for technological achievement. He is the founder of multiple health technology companies, including CuraGen, 454 Life Sciences, Ion Torrent, and more recently Butterfly Network (the world’s most accessible and fastest-selling ultrasound device), Quantum-Si (the first single-molecule protein sequencing platform), and Hyperfine (the world’s first truly portable MRI machine).

Hugo Barra, CEO

Hugo Barra, CEO

Our Chief Executive Officer Hugo Barra brings more than 20 years of executive experience in consumer technology to Detect with the goal of transforming consumer healthcare diagnostics into a new consumer product category.

Hugo comes to Detect from Facebook/Meta, where he led the Oculus Virtual Reality division and built products such as Oculus Quest, Ray-Ban Stories and several others yet to be released. Prior to that, Hugo was the Vice President of Global for Xiaomi, where he was responsible for the expansion of consumer electronics into 20 markets across 3 continents. Xiaomi, currently the world's #1 smartphone manufacturer, held an initial public offering (IPO) in 2018 with a valuation of $54B, one of the largest technology IPOs of all time. Prior to Xiaomi, Hugo was the Vice President for Android product management at Google, where he led the product team in developing the Android operating system, developer ecosystem and hardware alliances. Hugo holds two bachelor's degrees and a master's degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.


Career milestones (LinkedIn profile here):


  • - LOBBY7 (acquired by Nuance Communications in 2003): Co-founder of MIT spin-out startup team that developed the speech software back-end for V1 of Apple's Siri voice assistant (2000-2008).
  • - Google First VP of Product for the Android team; led growth of the platform from 10 million to over 1 billion users; led all Android developer launches (2008-2013).
  • - Xiaomi: Led global expansion to 20 countries in a co-CEO capacity from startup through a $54B IPO; shipped 96M smartphones in 2017; paved the way for Xiaomi to become the world's #1 smartphone brand in 2021 with >200M devices shipped annually (2013-2017).
  • - Facebook/Meta: Led Oculus team in a CEO capacity and built the Facebook Reality Labs team to 10,000+ people; launched Oculus Quest VR product line; built the Ray-Ban Stories AR product line which launched in Oct/2021 (2017-2021).

Hugo comes to Detect from Facebook/Meta, where he...

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