uBiome

Big Data from Bacteria

LOCATION San Francisco, CA

COMPANY SIZE Between 10 and 25

# OF ENGINEERS Less than 5

FUNDING $5M - $10M

REMOTE WORK OK? No

EXTENDED EXERCISE WINDOW? No

TAGS Big Data, Biotechnology, Consumer Products, Healthcare, Machine Learning, YC Summer 2014

What do we do?

uBiome gives you access to cutting edge DNA sequencing technology to understand your microbiome.

Why join us?

Our mission is using big data to understand the human microbiome. We’re all covered in trillions of bacteria. We help consumers and organizations understand what they are and what they do. Tim Ferriss calls us a glimpse of the future.

We started with largest citizen science crowdfunding campaign in history where we raised over $350,000 on Indiegogo. We have also been featured at TEDMED, on NPR, and have formed partnerships with researchers around the world.

We're using tools like machine learning, crowdsourcing, Illumina Hi-Seq, and robots. In addition to several cool citizen scientist studies, we've just announced our clinical lab to provide results to patients and their doctors. uBiome funded by Google alums, Y Combinator and raised a Series A from Andreesen Horowitz.

Technical challenges

Orchestrate multiple interdependent web applications.
Integrate code ranging from the lab to the web.
Coordinate development teams in San Francisco and Chile
Present well-researched technical decisions to the CTO
Jump into Python, MySQL, Javascript, Meteor, and Mongo with both feet
Work collaboratively with product and data science team members

Our press coverage

http://www.tedmed.com/talks/show?id=54786
http://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2013/02/13/171920261/scientists-pass-the-hat-for-research-funding
http://techcrunch.com/2014/08/18/ubiome-raises-4-5m-from-angel-investors-andreessen-horowitz-to-crowdsource-microbiome-research/

Our tech stack

  • Python
  • MySQL
  • Flask
  • CoffeeScript
  • Javascript
  • MongoDB
  • Meteor

Our investors

  • Andreessen Horowitz
  • Y Combinator