The vision to offer pharmacogenomic tests to the Australian public came from myDNA founder Associate Professor Les Sheffield.
A pioneer in his field, Les became the first Australian to qualify as a clinical geneticist in 1976. At the Royal Women’s and Children’s Hospitals he specialised in genetic tests and oversaw the introduction of Down’s syndrome screening for pregnant women. At first, demand was sporadic but as people learned of the test it became popular. Today it is offered to all pregnant women with a government rebate.
As more laboratory tests became available, Les was at the forefront of educating the medical community.