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Preventive Health Pioneer Dr. Michael McNamara Joins uBiome’s Advisory Board

Press Release | uBiome | August 26, 2016

uBiome, the leader in microbial genomics, welcomes Dr. Michael McNamara to its scientific advisory board. Dr. McNamara is the Medical Director at Dr. McNamara Premium Healthcare in Monaco, which specializes in preventive diagnostics using Magnetic Resonance Imaging and CT scanning along with blood analysis to produce a complete medical check-up. Dr. McNamara grew up in the U.S., undertaking his university and medical studies at the University of Michigan, followed by an internship in medicine and surgery in San Diego, California. He subsequently specialized in Radiology and Advanced Heart Scanning at UCSF...

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2014 Health IT Venture Funds Fly High

Bernie Monegain | Healthcare IT News | January 19, 2015

Six companies attracted millions from top venture investors...

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Are We Ready for Consumer Microbiome Testing?

Juliet Preston | MedCity News | November 9, 2016

Some people collect stamps. uBiome has a different area of interest. Since 2012, the San Francisco, California, startup has received and analyzed nearly 100,000 stool samples from customers trying to understand the unique population of microorganisms that call their body ‘home.’ It’s now preparing to scale-up and diversify its testing options, with the help a $15.5 million Series B funding round that was announced in early November. An alum of the Y Combinator, uBiome has grand plans. But is the microbiome science really there?...

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Beyond Apps: These Startups Are Tackling Real-World Problems

Nick Statt | CNET | August 21, 2013

Startup incubator Y Combinator demos a refreshingly high volume of companies tackling real issues, from hearing loss and elderly care to immigrant hiring and sending money home. Read More »

How The Legacy Entertainment Industry Poisoned The Well For The Innovation It Desperately Needs

Mike Masnick | techdirt | October 25, 2013

Soon after the death of SOPA, we wrote about a great post from entrepreneur Tyler Crowley (which, sadly, seems to have disappeared from the internet) discussing his reactions to some entertainment industry execs trying to "make peace" with entrepreneurs. He does a great job discussing different "islands of opportunity" for entrepreneurs, noting that certain "islands" are very welcoming for enterpreneurs and developers: [...] But, of course, when it comes to "music biz island" the "natives" are not particularly welcoming.

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Realm Is A Refreshing, Open-Source Mobile Database Product For iOS Developers

Sam Wierema | TNW | July 22, 2014

...Realm is an open-source library that mobile developers can integrate into their app to store and query data. Data is queried from Realm’s internal storage engine (not yet open-sourced), which runs on your device and is built to get the best performance, both off- and online...

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Self-Experimenting Scientist Receives uBiome Grant to Investigate Consequences of Long-Term Antibiotic Use for Skin Conditions

Press Release | uBiome | January 11, 2017

uBiome, the leader in microbial genomics, has awarded a scientific grant to Dr. Eon Rios of Stanford University School of Medicine, supporting an investigation into how long-term use of oral antibiotics for skin conditions affects the gut microbiome. Microbial genomics leader uBiome, is awarding an ongoing series of in-kind scientific grants to ground-breaking microbiome studies. Its most recent microbiome impact grant award has been made to Dr. Eon Rios of Stanford University School of Medicine, who will study the effect of long-term use of oral antibiotics, prescribed for skin conditions, on the gut microbiome...

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uBiome Raises $22M, Announces New DNA-Sequencing Microbiome Screening Test

Heather Mack | Mobi Health News | November 2, 2016

San Francisco-based uBiome, which makes a direct-to-consumer microbial genomic testing kit, has closed on a $22 million Series B funding round, led by 8VC with additional funding from Slow Ventures, Stanford’s StartX Fund and various angel investors. The funding will be used to deploy uBiome’s new testing kit, SmartGut, a sequencing-based clinical microbiome screening test. With an at-home collection kit, SmartGut aims to give individuals and their doctors access to a comprehensive screening test to weed out important microorganisms (which can only be detected through DNA sequencing) that could be causing health distress...

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Why So Many In The Tech Industry Struggle With Depression

Roni Jacobson | Nextgov.com | September 11, 2014

...In tech circles, depression is “more prevalent than anyone really talks about,” Brad Feld, managing director of the venture capital firm Foundry Group, and co founder of TechStars told me. Building a company involves long hours, late nights and an enormous amount of stress...

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