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Ixcela from the book "How AI Can Democratize Healthcare" by Michael Ferro & Robin Farmanfarmaian


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Co-founded by Drs. Erika Ebbel Angle and Wayne Matson

Ixcela has an at-home blood test using capillary blood to analyze the microbiome. This is important because it is a much more pleasant test for most people to use than other microbiome tests, and the lab results come with specific action items someone can use to immediately improve their health. Ixcela’s proprietary analysis of the blood test can determine if an individual’s microbiome is imbalanced, and can recommend supplements, foods, and behavior that can rebalance their microbiome. Ixcela has registered dieticians that work with the test taker on specific recommendations to improve their health based on their test results and personalized to the individual.

About the Microbiome:

The microbiome is the collective ecosystem of colonies of living microorganisms – bacteria, viruses, and fungus – that lives in and on every species on earth, including humans. Bacteria strains aren’t all bad or dangerous, many strains help human health. When talking about the microbiome in a healthcare context, it usually refers to the gut microbiome found in the large intestine that enables good digestion and nutrient absorption, though each organ and body part has its own unique microbiome. The microbiome has a symbiotic relationship with every living thing on earth and is a requirement for life to exist. Environmental microbiomes are another area science has been making significant progress on collecting, classifying, and understanding for the past 5-7 years.


CEO and Co-founder Erika Ebbel Angle, Ph.D.
Chief Scientist and Co-founder Wayne Matson, Ph.D