uBiome Appoints Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, FAND, Co-founder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy, to its Scientific Advisory Board

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The leader in microbial genomics appoints pioneer of cutting-edge nutrition programs to its board of scientific advisors.

“uBiome helps unravel the mystery of the microbiome so I can provide personalized microbiome-based solutions to my patients.” -Ms. Kathie Swift, MS

uBiome, the leader in microbial genomics, announces the addition of Ms. Kathie Swift, MS, RDN, cofounder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy and education director of Food As Medicine at the Center for Mind Body Medicine, to its Scientific Advisory Board. Joining the board of leading scientists and doctors from around the world, Ms. Swift will bring to uBiome her experience with managing gastrointestinal disorders like celiac disease, irritable bowel syndrome, small intestinal bacterial overgrowth, Crohn’s disease, and ulcerative colitis with functional nutrition therapies. The appointment will help uBiome continue its advancement in human microbiome research.

“Ms. Swift’s dedication to advancing the field of integrative and functional medicine with the latest science on the microbiome is impressive and we look forward to utilizing her insight as a scientific advisor,” Dr. Jessica Richman, PhD, co-founder and CEO of uBiome, said.

Ms. Swift has directed nutrition programs at Dr. Mark Hyman’s UltraWellness Center, Canyon Ranch Health Resorts, and Kripalu Center for Yoga and Health and she is cofounder of the Integrative and Functional Nutrition Academy (IFNA). Ms. Swift is the author of two books on digestive healing: “The Inside Tract: Your Good Gut Guide to Great Digestive Health” with Gerard Mullin, MD, and “The Swift Diet” with Joseph Hooper.

About joining uBiome's Scientific Advisory Board, Ms. Swift said, “uBiome helps unravel the mystery of the microbiome so I can provide personalized microbiome-based solutions to my patients.”

In addition to Ms. Swift, the uBiome Scientific Advisory Board also includes Dr. Joseph DeRisi (MacArthur Genius and UCSF professor), Dr. Atul Butte (head of the Institute for Computational Health Sciences at UCSF), Dr. Katherine Pollard (Director, Gladstone Institute for Data Science and Biotechnology), Dr. Joel Palefsky (UCSF School of Medicine professor), Dr. George Church (leading geneticist at Harvard University), Dr. Liz Lipski (Academic Director of Nutrition and Integrative Health Programs at Maryland University of Integrative Health), Dr. Elaine Hsiao, PhD (UCLA), and other leading scientists. The company’s Medical Advisory Board includes Dr. Alan Green (Society for Participatory Medicine), Dr. Leo Treyzon (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center), Dr. Cynthia Geyer (Medical Director of Canyon Ranch, Lenox), Dr. Robynne Chutkan (Georgetown University Hospital), Michael Docktor (Boston Children’s Hospital), Dr. Tiffany Lester (Medical Director of Parsley Health in San Francisco), Dr. Joel Kahn (Founder of of the Kahn Center for Cardiac Longevity), as well as other accomplished clinicians.

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About uBiome
Founded in 2012, uBiome is the leader in microbial genomics. The Company’s mission is to advance the science of the microbiome and make it useful to people. uBiome combines its patented proprietary precision sequencing™ with machine learning and artificial intelligence to develop wellness products, clinical tests, and therapeutic targets.

uBiome’s commercial products include SmartGut™, the world’s first sequencing-based clinical microbiome test, which identifies microbes in the gut for patients with chronic gut conditions such as IBD, IBS, Crohn’s Disease, and ulcerative colitis; SmartJane™, the first sequencing-based women’s health screening test, which genotypes all 19 clinically relevant strains of HPV, identifies four common STDs, and surveys more than 20 vaginal microbes associated with bacterial vaginosis and other conditions; and Explorer™, a health and wellness product to understand the role that food and lifestyle can play in wellness.

uBiome’s platform has been used by hundreds of thousands of consumers, patients, and doctors and more than 200 research institutions around the world, including the US Centers for Disease Control (CDC), US National Institutes of Health (NIH), Harvard University, Stanford University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), University of California, San Francisco, Oxford University, and the University of Sydney.

Since its launch, the company has received widespread recognition including CNN 10: Startups to Watch, the IVY Technology Award, CNN Future 30, and was named one of Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies in Healthcare in 2016 and in Data Science in 2018, as well as a Technology Pioneer from the World Economic Forum in 2018. For more information, visit http://www.uBiome.com.

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