UBiome is again trending as AngelList’s number one startup. Founded by UCSF scientists and Stanford and Cambridge technologists including Jessica Richman, Zacher Apte, Siavosh Behbahani, Hans Gangeskar and Brooke Anderson, uBiome is using data to understand the human microbiome. Incubated by Y Combinator, 500 Startups and the California Institute for Quantitative Biosciences QB3, uBiome is raising funds on AngelList.
“We’re all covered in trillions of bacteria. We help consumers and organizations understand what they are and what they do. We’re using tools like machine learning, bioinformatics, crowdsourcing, Illumina Hi-Seq, and robots,” indicated the campaign, “uBiome addresses a massive need: dozens of conditions are correlated with the human microbiome (asthma, diabetes, irritable bowel, heart disease, etc.). We are the first and only big data company focused on the microbiome.” Current customers include Stanford, UCSF and Garvan Insitute. Partners include Bioniq Health and Undisclosed Fortune 500.
uBiome accomplishes two goals:
- allowing consumers access to their microbiome to learn about their bodies, perform experiments, and see how current studies apply to them
- allowing organizations to learn about the microbiome at scale.
As reported by Crowdfund Insider’s JD Alois, “Worlds “first citizen science project to sequence the human micro biome” – uBiome – raised $351,000 on Indiegogo in one of the largest “citizen science” crowdfunding campaigns ever.”
The small company successfully raised $1.5 million seed funding last June and $3M in Series A funding this past August with Andreessen Horowitz. Many prominent investors are committing to this offer. More detailed fundraising information is available to AngelList investors.
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