Welcome to The BioCollective!

Did you know you are equipped with your own internal pharmacy? The link between gut microbiome balance and chronic disease is growing at a rapid rate. We aim to educate people about their gut, while providing researchers the very tools they need to study this complex ecosystem. 

The answers are inside of you. Help us to change the way we view microbiome research. 

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Sequence your microbiome

Inside your gut are thousands of tiny bacteria and fungi that serve as your very own fingerprint. The bacterial ecology you were born with is shaped and molded throughout your life depending on different actions you have taken.

Interested in learning more about your own personal microbiome? Purchase a microbiome analysis kit and receive our BioCollector stool collection device to your door step within 2-3 business days. Return your sample and we will send you a custom microbiome analysis within 10-12 weeks. 

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Microbiome research tools and services

The only answer to comprehensive microbiome research is by taking a multi-disciplinary approach. Learn more about our BioCollector (TM) stool collection kit, well-characterized stool sub-samples with comprehensive life-healthy history survey information, and our large library of parallel deep metagenomic sequencing data. 

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  • For Citizen Scientists

    To empower our members, also  known as "tiny revolutionaries", to learn more about how taking care of their gut can lead to a happy, healthy life. Our custom microbiome analysis report delivers information on bacterial gut composition, the performance of functional cellular pathways, and the presence of antibiotic resistant factors. 

  • For Research

    To advance microbiome research and hold it to higher standards. With our patented BioCollector kit, we collect whole stool samples in a standardized method and process and store samples into aliquots for research use. We perform deep metagenomic analysis in parallel with each of our stool collections in order to paint a comprehensive picture of each community. 

  • For The World

    To collaborate on cutting edge research and share our findings with citizen scientists and researchers around the world. We have a personal drive to advance microbiome research as it relates to Parkinson's disease, and are committed to utilizing our internal Research & Development team, in addition to working with some of the world's best collaborators, to dive deeper into the link between Parkinson's disease and the gut microbiome. 

Microbiome Sequencing FAQ

What does it mean to be a member of The BioCollective?

When you create a free member account with The BioCollective, the first step is to agree and consent to our process. The BioCollective offers members custom microbiome analysis reports for purchase (see "Sequence My Microbiome" at the top of this page). Upon receipt of a stool sample, it is separated into 20 smaller sub-samples to sell to researchers across the world. This second step to our member model is important, given that well-characterized and controlled stool sample sub-aliquots are hard to come by and may compromise current microbiome research. In return for sharing your samples (and advancing research) you are automatically entered into our revenue share program. Our revenue share program works by returning up to 10% of your sample sales back to you after costs are recovered. An average stool sample can produce up to 20 sub-samples, which are sold from $150-$600 a gram (depending on the donor). 

Simply creating an account and not purchasing a microbiome analysis reports will add you to our member list serve, which we contact from time to time when we have recruitment opportunities that would allow you to receive compensation or a free microbiome analysis report (levels vary) in exchange for your sample. 

Seriously, I have to collect a stool sample?

Don’t worry, it’s pretty simple. Clear step-by-step instructions are included in your kit, and our "ick-free" collection device makes the process as quick and easy as possible. Check out our video for further guidance! 

Oops, I spilled my coffee on my collection device. Now what?

Don’t panic, these things happen. We’ve included two BioCollectors in your kit in the event of a collection casualty!

What happens to my stool sample once you receive it?

When we receive your microbiome sample, we divide it into small sub-aliquots and freeze them until one or all are purchased by a scientist for microbiome research.  We also send a sub-aliquot into our sequencing collaborator, Cosmos ID, to begin the process of generating your custom microbiome analysis report.

How long will it take for me to receive my microbiome analysis report?

From the time you return your sample, it typically takes 8-10 weeks to sequence and analyze your sample. If you received a free kit as one of our early prospectors, we are continuing to move through the list and generate reports. We estimate to have all outstanding reports delivered by April/May 2018. 

How much money can I make by investing my poop in The BioCollective?

As research in the microbiome continues to grow, we expect that there will be increased demand by scientists for microbiome samples. At this time, we can’t promise just how big the demand will be. We expect an average poop will produce 20 smaller samples for research, and with each sample selling for between $150-$600 a gram (depending on the donor), you have the ability to earn up to 10% of that revenue. 

Research Tools FAQ

What research tools and services do you offer?

We offer our BioCollector stool collection kit (full kit and kit components only), as well as well-characterized neat and PBS/Glycerol stored stool sub-samples. Our stool sub-samples are derived from a variety of healthy and diseased individuals. We provide basic metadata with our sub-sample sales, but are happy to procure additional survey related data for an additional fee. We also have parallel shotgun metagenomic sequencing on most of our stool sub-sample inventory, which allows you to select samples based on bacterial composition. Or - you can skip that part entirely and license our data outright. 

In what ways can the BioCollector stool collection kit help my sample collection?

We know first hand how difficult it can be to collect standardized stool samples in a controlled environment. Depending on how your research project is designed, you have the option to purchase our entire BioCollector kit (the best option for shipping and receiving stool samples) or just our patented BioCollector (suitable for on site collection). Prices vary on quantity and lead time. 

Why does your BioCollector kit collect the whole stool?

Most current stool collection methods have a person produce a sample, take a small swab of the sample, and mix it with a DNA stabilizing solution. However, research has shown that sampling along different sites of the stool sample results in specific bacterial species differences. With our continued knowledge of how bacteria at the species level can predict the fate of many human functions, collecting the whole stool is important in gaining a comprehensive understanding. 

How is the BioCollector Kit stool collection kit different from other kits on the market?

The development of the BioCollector stool collection kit was a labor of love with one mission - make stool collection easy and "ick" free for users, while collecting the whole stool sample (and thus the most opportunity for downstream research) as possible.  Our kit is the only kit on the market that collects and preserves the whole stool sample (US shipping only) which insures a reliable and well-characterized base to kick off your microbiome research project. 

Can I collect stool samples internationally?

The BioCollector temperature preservation and quality control has only been approved for U.S. shipping and receiving, and we strongly suggest that our commercial kit accounts stick within these confines as well. 

What types of well-characterized stool sample sub-aliquots do you carry?

Our highly curated stool sub-sample inventory consists of samples from a variety of disease cohorts (Parkinson's disease, diabetes, GI disorders, autoimmune). We preserve most of our sub-samples both "neat" (no buffer, strictly stool) and in a PBS/Glycerol solution. 

What types of research can be accomplished using stool samples?

Our neat stool samples offer a wide range of discovery options when it comes to microbiome research. From strain isolation to metabolomics, to bacterial and pathogen identification, the benefits of a neat sample are plentiful. 

Will I have to sign a material transfer agreement (MTA) before the sale of stool samples?

Yes, we do require an MTA to be signed and payment to be received before the exchange of any of our stool sub-sample aliquots.