Diagnosing Cancer

Through Tumor Related Microbial Biomarkers

Micronoma liquid biopsy technology interrogates the microbial signal to detect and predict cancer with clinical-grade accuracy.


Our Focus

Saving patient lives with a minimally-invasive, cancer screening test.

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Humans and Microbes

Humans and microbes co-exist in a mutual beneficial relationship in our bodies. Microbes can be found naturally not only in our stools, but also in our mouths, tissues and even our blood.

The Microbiome

The microbiome is the community of all the microbes—bacteria, fungi, protozoa and viruses—that live on and inside the human body.

Microbes and Cancer

Microbes are now known to be found in human tissues, including cancer tissues. Micronoma is going a step further and looking at microbial signatures that would be predictive of a tumor in circulating blood.

Micronoma can detect and distinguish microbes in blood and predict if a patient is cancer free or presenting a specific cancer type.

Minimally-invasive blood
draw to collect samples
for testing.

Pioneering microbiome
research, discovery, and

Using genomic sequencing to
accurately distinguish
microbial signatures.

Using computational
pipelines to decipher and
interpret data.



New cancer cases
worldwide each year


Cancer deaths each year,
most preventable with
early detection


Global liquid biopsy market
forecast for 2023*

*BCC Research

 Better Approach to Liquid Biopsy

A liquid biopsy is a test done on a sample of blood to look for circulating tumor cells (CTC) or DNA that is shed from the tumor. Liquid biopsies may help find cancer at an early stage.


However, CTCs and ctDNA are scarce, fragile, and heterogenous, which means they are difficult to detect and may be missed. Additionally, they may not be cancer-specific, as various cancers can share many types of alterations.


Traditional liquid biopsies focus on all tumor DNA in the blood to identify the small mutation markers linked to the cancer. Present at often less than 0.1%, ensuring the capture of these rare biomarkers is a difficult task. At Micronoma, we focus on the microbial DNA. With noise and complexity removed, established microbial signatures are enriched and more evident.


OncobiotaTM is an approach to identify cancer tissue associated microbes and distinguish the presence and type of cancer.


Sandrine Miller-Montgomery,
Pharm. D., Ph.D.

Co-Founder, Board Member, President and Chief Executive Officer

Greg Poore

Co-Founder,  Board Member, Chief Analytic Officer, Oncobiota™ Co-Inventor

Rob Knight, Ph.D.

Co-Founder and Scientific Advisory Board, Oncobiota™ Co-Inventor

Eddie Adams, Ph.D.

Chief Scientific Officer

Darryl Garrison

Chief Operating Officer

Magda Marquet, Ph.D.

Chairman of the Board; Co-Founder, Ajinomoto Althea & AltheaDx

Scientific Advisory Board

Martin J. Blaser, M.D.

Chairman, Professor of Medicine and Pathology and Director of the Center for Advanced Biotechnology and Medicine, and holds the Henry Rutgers Chair of the Human Microbiome at Rutgers University.

Leena Das-Young, Pharm. D.

C-suite executive for biopharma in oncology, infectious disease, liquid biopsy, and product development in complex disease and precision medicine settings, including executive roles at both Pfizer and Guardant Health.

Ravid Straussman, M.D., Ph.D.

Principal Investigator at the Weizmann Institute where his research is focused on understanding the roles of the tumor microenvironment and the tumor microbiome on resistance to cytotoxic, targeted, and immune-mediated anti-cancer therapies.

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