Infectious diseases are one of the biggest killers in the world. Many infections are treatable if the pathogen can be quickly and accurately identified. IDbyDNA uses Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) based big data analytics to bring precision medicine to infectious diseases. IDbyDNA is on a mission to empower clinicians and researchers to identify any pathogen from any sample.
Taxonomer is our breakthrough NGS-based metagenomic analysis technology. It dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of universal microorganism detection.
Robert Schlaberg, MD, MPH, Krista Queen, PhD, Keith Simmon, PhD, Keith Tardif, PhD, Chris Stockmann, PhD, MSc, Steven Flygare, PhD, Brett Kennedy, PhD, Karl Voelkerding, MD, Anna Bramley, PhD, Jing Zhang, PhD, Karen Eilbeck, PhD, Mark Yandell, PhD, Seema Jain, MD, MPH, Andrew T. Pavia, MD, Suxiang Tong, PhD, Krow Ampofo, MD
J. Infect. Dis. 2017 jix148. doi: 10.1093/infdis/jix148
May 12, 2017
Using the metagenomics analysis tool Taxonomer, researchers have been able to quickly tease out what pathogens are present in clinical and other samples. In addition, the Utah researchers, along with Arup Laboratories and IDbyDNA, have developed a Taxonomer-based clinical sequencing test to help diagnose respiratory disease.
April 21, 2017
“More effective pathogen identification will improve our understanding of pneumonia and guide treatment and site of care decisions.”
“In contrast to most of our current tests, you can use a metagenomic approach to find any and all potential pathogens in a patient sample without having to know what you’re looking for,” says Robert Schlaberg… “The advantage of a metagenomic approach is that you can start without having a hypothesis,” says Dr. Schlaberg, who spoke with CAP TODAY and presented in November at the Association for Molecular Pathology meeting on universal pathogen detection directly from specimens in the diagnostic laboratory. Another advantage of metagenomics is that it can detect bacteria, viruses, fungi, and parasites in one assay.
September 28, 2016
IDbyDNA, a precision medicine company focused on metagenomic approaches for infectious disease identification, today announced publication results in the New England Journal of Medicine that its metagenomics tool, Taxonomer, was used in the identification of Zika virus genomic sequence in the first Zika virus-related death in the continental U.S.
September 8, 2016
IDbyDNA, a precision medicine company focused on metagenomic approaches for infectious disease identification, announced today that it has closed $9 million in Series A financing. ARTIS Ventures led the round, with additional investments from ARUP Laboratories and other private investors. The funds will be used to further develop its Taxonomer-based DNA search technologies and to launch metagenomics-based clinical tests for infectious diseases.
July 15, 2016
When doctors take a sample of blood or a swab from someone’s throat, they may send it to a medical diagnostic lab like ARUP Laboratories. To determine certain diseases, scientists break open the cells, extract the DNA and RNA and sequence them, a technique used for genome sequencing, now used in diagnostic labs. A new web-based tool called Taxonomer is taking the mystery out of diagnosing illnesses. Powered by advanced computer software, doctors no longer have to suspect the cause of a patient’s infection.
June 6, 2016
Everyone has battled an infection. The culprits are pathogenic microbes such as bacteria, fungi, viruses and parasites. These pathogens can give us illnesses ranging from a nagging cold to a life-threating Staph infection. Infectious diseases claim many lives, but are often treatable if a rapid and accurate diagnosis is made.
June 6, 2016
Rapid identification of pathogens from patient samples is vital for the accurate diagnosis and treatment of infectious diseases. A new bioinformatics tool that analyses and visualizes metagenomics data promises to speed up this process to a matter of minutes.
May 26, 2016
Scientists from the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, and bioinformatics startup IDbyDNA have developed Taxonomer, a metagenomics analysis platform for universal pathogen detection and host-response profiling that they say is able to detect and classify pathogens more accurately, and in some cases more quickly, than some existing methods.
May 26, 2016
Scientists at the University of Utah, ARUP Laboratories, and IDbyDNA, Inc., have developed ultra-fast, meta-genomics analysis software called Taxonomer that dramatically improves the accuracy and speed of pathogen detection. In a paper published today in Genome Biology, the collaborators demonstrated the ability of Taxonomer to analyze the sequences of all nucleic acids in a clinical specimen (DNA and RNA) and to detect pathogens, as well as profile the patient’s gene expression, in a matter of minutes.
Founder, Chief Executive Officer
Former consulting professor at Stanford University, former VP Bioinformatics at Centrillion and former head of Computational Genomics at Roche Palo Alto
Founder, Chief Medical Officer
Medical director at ARUP Laboratories and assistant professor of Pathology at the University of Utah
Founder, Chief Scientific Officer
Professor of Human Genetics and Edna Benning Presidential Endowed Chair at the University of Utah and co-director of the USTAR Center for Genetic Discovery
Founder, president and CSO of Omicia, and former founder and president of Neomorphic, one of the first Bioinformatics companies, which was sold to Affymetrix