Which uBiome product is right for you?

SmartGut

Doctor-ordered gut health test

SmartJane

Doctor-ordered women’s health test

Explorer

Discover your microbiome without the help of a doctor

Who is it for?

Patients with chronic gut conditions such as IBD or IBS, or symptoms such as gas, bloating or diarrhea.

Female patients with the need to know more about their own vaginal health and how to improve conditions, such as discharges or infections, through lifestyle or diet.

Designed for citizen scientists and academic researchers to conduct experiments relating to the microbiome

Doctor authorization required?

Yes

Yes

No

Where is it available?

US and Canada (other countries coming soon)

US and Canada (other countries coming soon)

203 countries and regions where online payments can be made with a credit card or PayPal

What is the price?

Fully or partially covered by most health insurance companies under “out-of-network” healthcare benefits. During current pilot period, any costs not covered by insurance will NOT be charged to patients.

Fully or partially covered by most health insurance companies under “out-of-network” healthcare benefits. During current pilot period, any costs not covered by insurance will NOT be charged to patients.

From $89 for one site to $399 for five sites.

Targeted at which body site(s)?

Gut microbiome exclusively

Vaginal microbiome

Gut, nose, oral, skin or genital microbiome.

Suitable for other sampling purposes?

SmartGut is solely for adult gut samples.

SmartJane is solely for adult vaginal samples

Yes! Sample kids, pets, home environment, etc.

Any age requirements?

Available to everyone aged 18 years and older.

Available to everyone aged 18 years and older.

Available to all ages, parental permission needed if under 18.

How is sample collected?

Easy self-sampling at home, takes under three minutes.

Easy self-sampling at home, takes under three minutes.

Easy self-sampling at home, takes under three minutes.

What do results show?

Detects beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms associated with specific infections, lifestyle choices, and gut conditions including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) and irritable bowel syndrome (IBS).

Detects beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms associated with specific infections, such as cervicitis, bacterial vaginosis or vaginitis.

Interactive online tools enable you to explore how your microbiome compares to others, and to monitor yourself over time.

Where does processing take place?

In our San Francisco laboratory, which is CLIA-certified and accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), a standard only achieved by the top 3% of laboratories in the world.

In our San Francisco laboratory, which is CLIA-certified and accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), a standard only achieved by the top 3% of laboratories in the world.

In our San Francisco laboratory, which is CLIA-certified and accredited by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), a standard only achieved by the top 3% of laboratories in the world.

Can you participate in scientific research?

Optionally enables you to anonymously participate in scientific research aimed at advancing understanding of the human microbiome.

Optionally enables you to anonymously participate in scientific research aimed at advancing understanding of the human microbiome.

Optionally enables you to anonymously participate in scientific research aimed at advancing understanding of the human microbiome.

Your gut has something to
tell you.

Smart, actionable insights
to improve your gut health.
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The world’s first sequencing-based clinical microbiome test

With SmartGut, you and your doctor can gain valuable insights to better understand what’s going on inside your gut, then take steps for you to feel better. Using precision sequencing™ technology, SmartGut identifies microbes in your gut that might be affecting your health.

Why SmartGut?

SmartGut is the first sequencing-based clinical microbiome screening test.

SmartGut is the world’s first sequencing-based clinical microbiome screening test based on our patented technology and extensive peer-reviewed research. The test detects beneficial and pathogenic microorganisms associated with specific infections and gut conditions including Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), irritable bowel syndrome (IBS) including Ulcerative Colitis and Crohn’s Disease, and even obesity and diabetes.

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Easy-to-use

Easy-to-use sample collection kit, which includes clear, simple instructions and everything you need, including a prepaid return mailer.

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Doctor-ordered

Ordered by a physician and processed in our CLIA-certified and CAP-accredited lab to give you the confidence to take action.

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Simple and mess-free

Requires only a very small sample of fecal matter from your toilet paper (just enough to tint a cotton swab) that you can collect and return to our lab.

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Advanced

SmartGut includes microorganisms that can only be detected by DNA sequencing.

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Data-driven

Powered by the world’s largest microbiome database and our proprietary algorithms, SmartGut includes unique, healthy microbiome ranges.

How SmartGut works

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Request test

Requesting your test is quick and easy. A few online questions, and you’re done.

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Doctor reviews request

Your own doctor can approve your test, or we can connect you with an independent healthcare provider in our external clinical care network.

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Sample at home

In a few business days, your kit will arrive in a discreet package. Clear instructions will tell you how to self sample. It’s fast and private, and takes place in the comfort of your home. After you collect your sample, put it in the prepaid envelope and drop it in the nearest mailbox.

Instructions for SmartGut

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We process

We process in our CLIA-licensed and CAP-accredited laboratory in San Francisco. Once it’s processed in our lab, we’ll send you a HIPAA-compliant link so you and your doctor can download your test results.

The inside story

Have we mentioned how easy this is?
Collect your sample in less than two minutes.

Your SmartGut collection kit includes everything you need to complete your sample in less than two minutes in the comfort and privacy of your own home.

  • 1Sample tube

    This tube contains a special stabilizing fluid that preserves your sample during its journey to our laboratory.

  • 2Two sterile swabs


    Use these medical swabs to obtain your sample.

  • 3Replacement sample tube

    Use this as a replacement only if you spill or lose your sample tube.

  • 4Sample return bag

    Place your sample in this bag before putting it into the return mailer.

  • 5Return mailer

    Your sample tube and return bag go inside the return mailer. Postage is prepaid by uBiome.

    Request SmartGut

    Did you know? You can monitor your microbiome.

    Learn much more about your microbiome. Once a month, once a quarter or as recommended by your doctor, you can discover how your microbes change over time.


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    Detailed clinical report

    You’ll receive a detailed report with information on microorganisms associated with lifestyle choices, specific infections and gut conditions. You and your doctor can use this report to gain valuable insight into your gut health that might help to determine a diagnosis.

    Infections

    The presence of specific pathogenic microorganisms in your microbiome can be associated with illness.

    Gut conditions

    Your microbiome might include microorganisms associated with conditions such as irritable bowel syndrome, bloating, or other gut symptoms and diagnoses. Find out more about the relationship between your gut conditions and your microbiome.

    Lifestyle and diet

    SmartGut provides information on how your lifestyle and diet affect the microorganisms in your microbiome, including probiotics in your gut and associations between your microbiome and weight.

    Diversity score

    The SmartGut microbiome diversity score indicates how your microbiome compares to healthy participants from the world’s largest microbiome research dataset.

    Report

    “It gave me a lot of knowledge to arm myself with my fight against severe IBS-D. Anyone with GI problems should have one done.”

    SmartGut™ Patient Nov. 2017

     

    Symptoms and diagnoses

    SmartGut can help you monitor your overall gut health regularly. It detects the microorganisms associated with several common gut symptoms, including:

    • Abdominal tenderness
    • Constipation or diarrhea
    • Inflammatory bowel disease (IBD) including Crohn’s disease and Ulcerative Colitis
    • Bloating
    • Irritable bowel syndrome (IBS)
    • Obesity
    • Diabetes

    Are you a licensed healthcare provider?

    Read about the benefits of SmartGut to discover how SmartGut can help you provide better care for your patients. Learn more

     

    How much does SmartGut™ cost?

    SmartGut™ is a medical test and is billable to health insurance. If you choose to utilize your health insurance, our robust patient assistance programs will cover any out of pocket costs during our pilot period. You may receive an Explanation of Benefits (EOB) from your insurance company. An EOB is NOT a bill. It is simply informational and shows how your insurance processed the claim for your uBiome service. Our patient assistance programs, during our pilot period, will cover any remaining balance shown without any action needed on your part.

    *SmartGut is available is patients in the United States for $499, after the prompt payment discount. Patients in Canada can only utilize this self-payment price. SmartGut is available to Canadian patients for $599 CAD.

    FAQs

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    Support

    Our customer support team is available by email or chat, and is happy to answer your questions about your test kit, results, and more.

    uBiome’s social mission

    uBiome’s mission is to transform research into useful products based on the microbiome. Through our research with thousands of citizen scientists and dozens of universities, including Harvard, Stanford, UCSF and others, we have gathered millions of data points and built a set of tools that have enabled us to create clinical tests for doctors and patients.

    For people

    We are committed to empowering people to understand and take greater control of their health. Through our uBiome Explorer kits and our microbiome database – the largest in the world – we give people access to tools to better understand the microbiome.

    For science

    To advance the science of the microbiome, we work with over 1,000 researchers from around the world at institutions such as Harvard, Stanford, UCSF, University College London, and the National University of Singapore.

    For the world

    We also work with over 150,000 citizen scientists in more than 80 countries. Our projects include large-scale citizen scientist studies, partnerships with researchers and organizations, and support for underfunded scientific discovery via our $1 million Microbiome Impact Grant Initiative (as part of the White House National Microbiome Initiative).