We are global leaders in
wastewater epidemiology

Our mission is to transform wastewater infrastructure into public health observatories.

Our values

Data for Good

Data for Good

We believe that sewage offers a unique opportunity to make public health more data-driven and effective and that the best technologists can improve society, not just your photo filters.

Collaboration

Collaboration

We believe that building cutting-edge technology that positively impacts our world requires collaboration across many disciplines with people from all walks of life. We equally value the perspective of technical experts and community stakeholders.

Privacy and transparency

Privacy and transparency

We believe in radical transparency both internally and with our customers. We commit to creating a data ecosystem that respects the privacy of individuals and communities.

Mariana Matus

Mariana Matus, PhD

CEO & COFOUNDER

Newsha Ghaeli

Newsha Ghaeli

PRESIDENT & COFOUNDER

Eric Alm

Eric Alm, PhD

Scientific Director

Noriko Endo

Noriko Endo, PhD

Product Manager

Katelyn Foppe

Katelyn Foppe

Analytical Chemist (LC-MS/MS)

Claire Duvallet, PhD

Claire Duvallet, PhD

Data Scientist

Elizabeth Kujawinski, PhD

Elizabeth Kujawinski, PhD

Chemistry Advisor

Our story

Founded by a biologist and an architect, our team has exemplified the power of interdisciplinary collaboration from its beginning. As a first-year PhD student at MIT, Dr. Mariana Matus was inspired to start wastewater epidemiology research, so she could apply her technical skills to improve public health. With the support of Professors Eric Alm and Carlo Ratti, her research grew into the MIT Underworlds Project. Newsha Ghaeli, an urban studies researcher, joined the project with an interest in how new technologies can improve cities and urban life. The two led Underworlds for three years, working with the cities of Cambridge, Boston, Kuwait City, and Seoul. Their work resulted in Dr. Matus’ PhD dissertation in Computational Biology, several scientific publications, and coverage by dozens of local and national media outlets.

Inspired by the potential of wastewater epidemiology, Biobot is the first company in the world to commercialize data from sewage. After winning multiple entrepreneurship competitions at MIT, including a place in the DeltaV and DesignX accelerators, Biobot completed the Y Combinator accelerator in San Francisco. Headquartered in the Boston area, we aim to extend our wastewater epidemiology platform across all five continents.

Our investors

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