Biobot Analytics was born at MIT

Our technology generates public health data that is naturally anonymized yielding unprecedented insight into the health of communities without collecting personal identifiable information.

Learn about our COVID-19 work

Apr
2020

How many people are infected with Covid-19? Sewage suggests that number is much higher than officially confirmed

Medium - BIOBOT ANALYTICS

Apr
2020

What makes a good wastewater-based epidemiology target?

Medium - BIOBOT ANALYTICS

Apr
2020

Testing for COVID-19 beyond the clinic: using wastewater epidemiology to proactively detect outbreaks

Medium - BIOBOT ANALYTICS

Publications

Apr
2020

SARS-CoV-2 titers in wastewater are higher than expected from clinically confirmed cases

medRxiv - Fuqing Wu et al.

Jan
2020

Rapid assessment of opioid exposure and treatment in cities through robotic collection and chemical analysis of wastewater

Journal of Medical Toxicology - Noriko Endo et al.

Sep
2019

24-hour multi-omics analysis of residential sewage reflects human activity and informs public health

bioRxiv - Mariana Matus et al.

Wastewater-based epidemiology is a promising approach for proactive outbreak monitoring.

Wastewater epidemiology was first pioneered in Israel, Europe, and Australia by various academic research collaborations and has been demonstrated as an early warning system for poliovirus. Currently, the most well-known group is the European SCORE network, which is sponsored by the European Union to measure country-level drug consumption across the EU. Developed in the United States at MIT, ouur methods build on top of this body of work allowing this technology to be commercialized for the first time. Our Co-founder and CEO developed this scientific innovation during her PhD work at MIT, and is one of a few experts in the United States in this scientific field.

Our system differs from prior work in three important ways:

Sub-city level geographic resolution

We collect our samples at manholes in the city and wastewater treatment facilities. This approach enables direct measurement of metabolites, viruses, and bacteria excreted by humans.

Near-real time

We're built to deliver results in a 3-day turnaround time. This is possible because we are dedicated full-time to delivering an efficient service through automation technology.

Chemical and biological capabilities

Our system can measure drug consumption, infectious disease outbreaks, antibiotic resistance, nutrition, and exposure to environmental contaminants in populations creating a holistic early warning system for public health crises.

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