- uBiome was founded in 2012 on the promise of helping ordinary people understand the bacteria living in and on them, known as their microbiome.
- The company eventually raised $US105 million from investors and reached a valuation of $US600 million.
- In late April, the FBI searched uBiome’s office as part of an investigation.
- By the end of June, the company’s top leadership and many of its board members had departed.
- In October, uBiome said it was shutting down in a chapter 7 bankruptcy.
- Business Insider reports regularly on the latest developments at uBiome. You can read our stories by subscribing to BI Prime.
The company morphed from citizen science project to venture-backed startup, taking in $US105 million from investors and reaching a valuation of $US600 million.
Then the troubles began. The FBI raided the company in April, reportedly as part of an investigation into the startup’s billing practices. By the end of June, the company’s top leadership and many of its board members had departed. In October, the company said it was shutting down in a chapter 7 bankruptcy.
Here’s everything we know about what’s going on at uBiome.
The inside story
- uBiome convinced Silicon Valley that testing poop was worth $US600 million. Then the FBI came knocking. Here’s the inside story.
- Embattled $US600 million poop-testing startup uBiome once partnered with Nurx, a birth control company at the centre of a New York Times exposé
- uBiome’s founder repeatedly presented herself as years younger than she was, in the latest sign of trouble at the embattled $US600 million poop-testing startup
- Here’s the letter the $US600 million healthcare startup uBiome sent to reassure investors after it was raided by the FBI
- Silicon Valley startup uBiome raised $US105 million on the promise of exploring a ‘forgotten organ.’ After an FBI raid, ex-employees say it cut corners in its quest for growth.
Leadership exits and layoffs
- Poop-testing startup uBiome was once valued at $US600 million by Silicon Valley’s top VCs. It just filed for bankruptcy.
- uBiome just added a top bankruptcy lawyer and a turnaround expert to its board as the troubled poop-testing startup grapples with its future
- Troubled poop-testing startup uBiome is laying off half its staff
- All of uBiome’s top execs are out at the embattled poop-testing startup that’s at the centre of an FBI investigation
- UBiome’s independent directors are ditching the healthcare startup following an FBI raid, and now there’s only 1 left
- A microbiome-testing company that has raised $US105 million has suspended its two main tests and put its co-CEOs on leave following an FBI raid
Science and poop tests
- Bankrupt poop-testing startup uBiome just lost the government approval that’s required to run key tests
- Bankrupt poop-testing startup uBiome was banking on CVS selling its tests – but the chain just turned it down
- uBiome insiders say key science at the buzzy startup was flawed from the start. Now, the company and a top science journal are investigating.
- uBiome just restarted lab operations, after the poop-testing startup brought back the lab director it laid off last week
- A renowned Harvard geneticist and MacArthur ‘genius’ were among the 75 scientist advisers for embattled $US600 million poop-testing startup uBiome. But ‘they were pretty much there for show.’
- I tried a test from troubled poop-testing startup uBiome that let me peek inside a ‘forgotten organ.’ Here’s what I learned.
- A startup that’s helping us better understand the bugs that live in us just raised $US83 million to start developing treatments for diseases like cancer
Complaints and probes
- Poop-testing startup uBiome has filed for bankruptcy. Some of its largest creditors are health insurers saying they’re owed millions in refunds.
- An entrepreneur who worked with uBiome says the troubled poop-testing startup owes him $US600,000
- UBiome’s board just tapped a former federal prosecutor to run an internal investigation after the FBI raided the $US600 million Silicon Valley startup
- Customer complaints show $US600 million health startup uBiome has been surprising patients and insurers with bills for years
- The FBI reportedly just raided microbiome-testing startup uBiome as part of an investigation into improper billing
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