Foundational innovations in microbiome science and measurement
On and beneath the earth, microbes astonish us with their survival abilities in hostile environments. Next generation DNA sequencing and data science reveal incredible genetic diversity in these anaerobic, saline, and thermophilic conditions. Biota commercializes data products based on a decade of academic work from the Earth Microbiome Project and the Deep Carbon Observatory. By applying earth’s microbes as ubiquitous sensors, tracking devices, or data libraries, Biota improves the economics and GHG impact of industrial processes in several large markets.
High Precision Laboratory Innovations
To deliver actionable results at commercial scale, Biota delivers an industry-leading combination of low biomass DNA recovery and commercial scale sample throughput. With an operating scale of 100,000 samples a year, our advanced NGS laboratory workflow consistently detects microbes down to 50 genome equivalents, enabled by automated QC checkpoints, internal controls, and synthetic DNA spike-ins. These innovations unlock multi-year time series analytics to discover hidden, causative genomic relationships while controlling for lab processing variability and operational changes from the commercial environment.
Foundational IP Position
Founded on the pioneering research of world-renowned microbiome scientist Professor Rob Knight, Biota maintains exclusive use of these innovations in the field of controlling and monitoring industrial processes. Through 20+ industry customers, Biota operates a proprietary BiotaBank™ of marker gene libraries with diverse functional profiles and environmental sample metadata. Issued and pending patents include pioneering applications of genomics for hydrocarbon fluid mapping and techniques for quantifying low biomass samples using synthetic DNA.