SAN FRANCISCO (GenomeWeb) – After graduating from Illumina's Accelerator program in 2015 and raising $6 million in a Series A financing round last year, EpiBiome is working on harnessing genomic technology to develop phage-based therapies for bacterial infections.

The South San Francisco, California-based firm has 25 full-time employees and has also received $300,000 in funding from the Gates Foundation and US Department of Defense to use genomics to identify bacterial resistance pathways, as well as factors that make bacteria less pathogenic.

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Jan
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Loop Genomics

This webinar will provide a comparison of several next-generation sequencing (NGS) approaches — including short-read 16S, whole-genome sequencing (WGS), and synthetic long-read sequencing technology — for use in microbiome research studies.

Feb
26
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Advanced Cell Diagnostics

This webinar will demonstrate how a research team at the Firestone Institute for Respiratory Health at McMaster University developed a cellular and molecular phenotyping pipeline using archived samples of lung tissue derived from patients diagnosed with fibrotic interstitial lung disease.