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uBiome, the leader in microbial genomics, was founded in 2012 by Stanford-, Oxford-, and UCSF-educated researchers, Dr. Jessica Richman, PhD, and Dr. Zachary Apte, PhD, with a mission to advance the science of the microbiome and make useful products to improve human life. The company’s technology platform is based on the largest microbial dataset in the world (over 250,000 samples), covered by six issued patents (and over 180 patent assets), and used in over 20 peer-reviewed publications and presentations. This platform has been used by over 200 research institutions around the world, including the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Harvard University, Stanford University, University of California, San Francisco, University College London, and University of Sydney.
The company’s Scientific Advisory Board includes Dr. Joseph DeRisi (MacArthur Genius and UCSF professor), Dr. Atul Butte (head of the Institute for Computational Health Sciences at UCSF), Dr. Katherine Pollard (Director, Gladstone Institute for Data Science and Biotechnology), Dr. Joel Palefsky (UCSF School of Medicine professor), Dr. George Church (leading geneticist at Harvard University), Dr. Liz Lipski (Academic Director of Nutrition and Integrative Health Programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health), Dr. Elaine Hsiao, PhD (UCLA), Dr. Martin Blaser (NYU), and other leading scientists. uBiome’s Medical Advisory Board includes Dr. Alan Green (Society for Participatory Medicine), Dr. Leo Treyzon (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center), Dr. Cynthia Geyer (Medical Director of Canyon Ranch, Lenox), Dr. Robynne Chutkan (Georgetown University Hospital), Michael Docktor (Boston Children’s Hospital), Dr. Tiffany Lester (Medical Director of Parsley Health in San Francisco), Dr. Joel Kahn (Founder of of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity), as well as other accomplished clinicians.
uBiome is funded by Y Combinator, Andreessen Horowitz, and 8VC, as well as other leading investors. Since its launch, the company has received widespread recognition including CNN 10: Startups to Watch, the IVY Technology Award, CNN Future 30, was a Medtech Innovator Finalist, and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Healthcare in 2016 and in Data Science in 2018. Most recently, uBiome was selected as a 2018 Technology Pioneer by the World Economic Forum.