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99% of Microbes Can’t be Grown on a Petri Dish

Current standards for identifying and analyzing microbes in the environment were developed in the 19th century. These involve culture and microscopy methods which identify one percent or less of the organisms found in a given sample. Microbe Detectives DNA sequencing services identify and analyze nearly all microorganisms with a single scan, referencing a database of over 15,000 microorganisms.

Our Proprietary Offering

Our proprietary offering includes an analysis that identifies nearly all microorganisms in an environmental sample. This provides an indication of the relative proportions of specific microorganism types present. Also included is an interpretation of the results that is application specific and communicated in a clear, accessible and detailed report, in addition to consulting services addressing more complex analytical needs.

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Microbe Detectives Leadership and Advisory Board

Founded in 2013 by Trevor Ghylin during his Ph.D. work at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Microbe Detectives accelerated the adoption of genomic technology in environmental applications. We were selected by The Water Council’s prestigious BREW Seed Accelerator program, the Rice University Business Plan Contest and by the Wisconsin Innovation Awards. Leadership: John Tillotson MS, CEO, Trevor Ghylin PhD, CTO and Tony Dallmier PhD. Advisory Board: Dr. Jay Bayne, Dr. Lynn E. Broaddus, Dr. Glen Daigger, Dr. William Dougan, Walter A. Foskett, Dr. David E.J. Garman, Dr. Andrew Jacque, Emad S. Isaac, Casey Nowicki, Ron Pote and Pat Whalen.

Dr. Trevor Ghylin PhD, PE

Dr. Trevor Ghylin PhD, PE

“Microbe Detectives provides a valuable service to monitor, troubleshoot and optimize wastewater treatment plants by providing comprehensive data on nitrifiers, phosphorus removing bacteria, filaments and foamers.”

Tom Fitzwilliams

Wastewater Team Leader, MSA Professional Services, Inc.

“Microbe Detectives provides a valuable service for investigating water quality in groundwater wells. Their analyses helped me detect surface water intrusion, metal related bacteria, fecal indicators, pathogens & bacteria that cause taste/odor issues.”

Andrew Jacque, PhD, PE

Founder and Chief Scientist, Water Quality Investigations

“…Microbe Detectives was the key to identifying and fixing serious problems in the distribution system so we could protect public health and minimize risk for the water utility. Finding these problems with typical investigation techniques could have taken months of effort. In fact, the problem may not have been detected until a health crisis occurred, since the municipality lacks the resources to perform routine facility inspections.”

Ann-Perry Witmer PE, LEED AP BD+C

Project Manager, Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC

“…Microbe Detectives has been incredibly accommodating and has extracted and analyzed the DNA from our environmental samples. They also quantified the array of bacteria present in the samples and supplied the collection of data in comprehensible formats with descriptions of the functions of known bacteria or bacterial classes. We are still in the process of gathering more samples and look forward to further help from Microbe Detectives in interpreting the data generated.”

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