uBiome Academic Consortium Update

Just a quick thank you to everyone who joined our academic consortium! Here are just a few of the hundreds of organizations who are now part of this. We’re honored and excited for the future.

We’ll be announcing a grant competition soon, with up to $100,000 in free kits for the best proposals. Sign up today to be notified as soon as it launches.

Thanks to all of you for the amazing research you’re doing into the microbiome!

Selected uBiome Academic Consortium Member Organizations

Aalborg University
Alta Bates Summit Medical Center, Oakland
Baldwin Wallace University
Becton Dickinson Technologies, and University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Kreitman School of Advance Graduate Studies
Canadian School of Natural Nutrition
Center for Innovation in Medicine
Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Competence Center of Food and Fermentation Technologies
Dominican College
Emory University
Federal University of Piaui, Brazil
Frederick National Laboratory for Cancer Research
GBB Institute University of Groningen
Genome Institute of Singapore
Goethe University, Frankfurt
Harvard Medical School
Indiana University
Indiana University Bloomington
Integrated BioBank of Luxembourg
Keck Graduate Institute
Kutztown University
Massachusetts General Hospital
Mayo Clinic
McGill University
Montana State University
Montenapoleone Medical Center
National Biotechnology Development Agency, Abuja, Nigeria
National Cancer Institute
National Health Institute Dr. Ricardo Jorge (Instituto Nacional de Saúde Dr. Ricardo Jorge), Portugal
North Central Agricultural Research Laboratory, Agricultural Research Service, USDA
Nourish Medicine Integrative Practice
Old Dominion University
Oregon Health and Science University
Queen’s University Belfast
Queens University, Canada
Rice University
Ruđer Bošković Institute, Croatia
Senckenberg Research Institute
Sloan Kettering Institute
Smithsonian Institution
St. Paul’s Hospital
Stanford University
Stanford University School of Medicine
Tehran University
The Rockefeller University
UC Davis
UC Santa Cruz
Universitat de Barcelona
Université Catholique de Louvain
Université de Paris Sud
Université de Sherbrooke, Québec, Canada
Université Laval, Québec, Canada
University d’Auvergne
University of Alaska Fairbanks
University of Benin
University of British Columbia
University of Chicago
University of Copenhagen
University of Edinburgh
University of Hamburg
University of Hawaii
University of Illinois, Chicago
University of KwaZulu-Natal
University of Pennsylvania
University of Texas Austin
University of Virginia
University of Virginia School of Medicine
USDA-Western Human Nutrition Research Center and UC Davis
Virginia Commonwealth University
Wayne State University
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution
Yale University

PicnicHealth and uBiome are partnering to further IBD research

A special letter from uBiome CEO Jessica Richman and Picnic Health CEO Noga Leviner:

Last summer, we were both participants in Y Combinator, a program for entrepreneurs that changed both of our lives. We came together as part of a group of female founders, who were also leading companies in the health / life sciences space. uBiome was founded to analyze the microbiome by giving participants access to their own microbiome data. PicnicHealth was founded to give patients access to their complete medical records.

It was a crazy summer, but one of the things we learned was the importance of collaboration, launching things quickly, not being afraid to do something bold and new.

Today, we announce a ground-breaking partnership to advance research on role of the microbiome in Inflammatory Bowel Disease, using validated clinical data. The partnership will give hundreds of patients access to their medical records and to an analysis of their gut microbiome, free of charge.

We couldn’t be more excited!  Here’s why:

IBD is pretty awful. Patients suffer from chronic inflammation of the digestive tract, which can lead to pain, diarrhea, fatigue, and other symptoms. Currently, treatment options include anti-inflammatory drugs, immune system suppressors, antibiotics, and in severe cases, even surgery to remove parts of the intestines. More than a million and half Americans have been diagnosed and Noga Leviner, PicnicHealth’s Co-Founder and CEO, happens to be one of them. (Here are some more personal words on why this is meaningful to her as a patient.)

As part of this study, participants will have access to their own data, something that almost never happens in medical research. IBD patients will get access to all of the medical records we collect through a personalized health timeline created by PicnicHealth. Because we clean up and structure all of the data, they’ll be able to see things like trends in key lab tests that they have never seen before. They’ll also get to learn about the ecosystem of microbes and see how it compares with other participants and relates to current scientific research.

Getting all of this data together in one place is a big deal. The partnership will produce a first of its kind data set that has real prospects for making an important contribution to science and hopefully, eventually, for actually improving people’s lives. Pulling together these two data sources is non trivial and remains a major barrier for researchers.

How’d we do it? By putting patients at the center of our work. By organizing scientific research around you, the participant, we can generate better data. It is our goal to use this data to produce meaningful scientific results that can lead to new diagnostics and therapeutics.

As it turns out, lots of people really want their personal data and lots of people really want to help contribute to science. We hope you’ll join us!

– Jessica Richman, Co-Founder & CEO of uBiome

& Noga Leviner, Co-Founder & CEO of PicnicHealth

Learn more about the partnership and sign up:

PicnicHealth.com/ubiome or



Free uBiome Gut Kit For Inflammatory Bowel Disease

picnichealthWe’re excited to announce that uBiome is partnering with PicnicHealth, a service that gathers and manages all your medical records in one secure place.

If you have inflammatory bowel disease (IBD), we invite you to:

  • Join the uBiome IBD study to help understand the role of the gut microbiome in this disease
  • Have PicnicHealth gather medical records from your GI doctors and create a single, aggregated medical record that you can securely access
  • Get a FREE uBiome kit to discover your gut bacteria (first 250 participants only, use code PICNICBIOME5 at checkout for your free kit)


Results from the study will be used to advance IBD research. Please join us today, at no cost to you.

Learn more at http://ubiome.com/pages/picnichealth.


Announcing The New uBiome Data Website

I think you’ll be excited to see this. If you’re new to uBiome, or already have 50 samples under your belt, we have some great news for you. The microbiome timeline has arrived. 

The new uBiome site officially launches today at http://app.ubiome.com. Now it’s easy to see all your samples in one place, and find out how your microbiome is changing over time.

When you log in, you’ll see something like this.

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You can drill down deep into each sample shown in the timeline graph. Find out how you compare to all the samples in the uBiome community, or just to specific groups like women or men, vegans or paleo enthusiasts, and people with acne or yeast infections.

You’ll see how you’re different. And explore what that might mean.


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At the bottom of the dashboard, you can download your raw sample data and explore your bacterial tree. We’ve also thrown in a few fun things to read that will always be fresh for you each time you come. At the very bottom are links to the uBiome community around the web, for you to connect with if you so choose.


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When you’re taking your samples, the My Samples page will both give you instructions and let you know the status of your precious microbial specimens. We’ll get them back to you just as soon as we can.


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For each sample, there is a set of survey questions to help connect your current state of health and lifestyle choices with the state of your microbiome. It’s like a snapshot in time. The more questions you answer, the easier it will be to make correlations and even new discoveries about human health as it relates to our bacterial friends.


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That concludes our brief tour of the new site. Please check it out for yourself at http://app.ubiome.com. And definitely let us know what you think! We always strive to improve and help you gain new insights.

Here’s to your microbiome!



Researchers: Join Our Microbiome Academic Consortium

uBiome_Academic_ConsortiumHello, microbiome pioneers!

Are you a professor, graduate student, or know someone in academia that’s interested in the microbiome? Please pass this post along to them!

We’re launching an academic consortium to bring together researchers and industry teams with the hope of accelerating scientific understanding of the microbiome.

Get Involved: http://ubiome.com/pages/academic-consortium

Our Plan: Highlight exciting projects and get the microbiome conversation started at research labs where it may not be happening already.

Why Should You Join?
$100k in research grants
(provided in kits) for exceptional proposals, early access to publications, opportunities to speak at conferences, job assistance (for graduate students), and discounts from industry partners (like a complimentary uBiome kit).

FYI: we will never charge for membership in the consortium.

Join today to accelerate groundbreaking microbiome research!

uBiome Launches Clinical Lab

ubiome_clinicaluBiome’s mission is to translate research on the microbiome into useful products as rapidly as possible. To that end, we are announcing the launch of our clinical lab, which will allow us to provide clinically relevant results for patients in collaboration with their doctors.

Please sign up at www.ubiome.com/clinical to receive more information as we roll out our tests.

We’re so grateful to our research participants for all of their help in developing our these tests. We will continue to pursue research studies on the microbiome (some of our ongoing studies are here and here). All current and ongoing study participants will receive early access to these tests and other benefits.

All uBiome clinical tests will be ordered by a physician — either your current physician or one that we will provide to review your information and order testing on your behalf. Clinical tests will be performed in our CLIA-licensed laboratory in San Francisco and data for clinical lab tests will be stored in a HIPAA-compliant manner. Our CLIA lab was licensed in December 2014 and has undergone extensive testing and validation. Research results will be clearly differentiated from clinical results.

uBiome will provide a fund for those who cannot afford to purchase clinical tests. Donations will be accepted from both research participants and patients who want to help those in need, and a portion of the proceeds from tests will also go to fund those who cannot afford them.

We are so grateful to all of you for being on this journey with us. We look forward to releasing affordable, powerful, and clinically relevant lab results based on the microbiome, and to translating microbiome research into useful therapeutics and clinical tests as quickly as possible.

Thank you for helping us get there!

Announcing The HelloFlo Pregnancy Microbiome Study


Starting today, uBiome and HelloFlo are teaming up to explore how the vaginal microbiome changes during pregnancy and postpartum.

Learn more about the study at ubiome.com/pregnancy.

Bacteria are passed from mother to baby during the birth process, which scientists have found is an important part of preparing the baby’s body and immune system to enter the world. Let’s find out together exactly how this works!

We are giving out the first 50 kits for free, so that everyone can participate in discovering more about bacterial changes during pregnancy. After the first 50, it’s only $59 to test your vaginal microbiome and contribute to the study.

It’s quick, painless, and could benefit mothers and babies around the world. If you are pregnant or have just given birth, please consider joining the HelloFlo Pregnancy Microbiome Study.

And spread the word! Hashtag #pregnancymicrobiome.