microbiome water summit

Milwaukee, WI – March 20, 2017 – Microbe Detectives LLC announced its inaugural leadership summit today – The Microbiome Water Summit – to be held at Shedd Aquarium Chicago on September 29, 2017. The purpose is to advance water-related health, sustainability, and investment returns through the application of DNA sequencing and metagenomics science and technology.

With WEFTEC commencing in Chicago on September 30, the core curriculum of this Summit will focus on wastewater and resource recovery applications, complimented with a keynote address from Professor Jack A Gilbert, PhD, Director of the Microbiome Center and Professor of Surgery at the University of Chicago, and Group Leader for Microbial Ecology at Argonne National Laboratory. “The microbiome represents an opportunity to understand the most diverse and complex life on our planet, as well as creating an unparalleled opportunity to harness that life to improve surveillance of water quality in our urban and rural environments,” said Professor Gilbert.

bill van bonnParticipants will also have an opportunity to hear from Dr. William Van Bonn, DVM, Vice President, Animal Health, John G. Shedd Aquarium, who will provide an overview of Shedd’s pioneering work with Shedd Aquarium Microbiome Project.

On-site participation is limited to the first 50 registrations. This event will also be streamed live on the Internet for free to registered viewers. To register, please visit: http://microbiomewatersummit.com/

Technical presentations and panel discussions:

  • Invisible Influence: The Microbiome in Health
  • Applications in Wastewater
  • Biogas Anaerobic Digester Study
  • Biological Nutrient Removal Study
  • Shedd Aquarium Microbiome Project
  • More

jeremy cramer“I am really looking forward to learning the results of the Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) and Anaerobic Digester studies,” said Jeremy Cramer, Senior Process Engineer, Donohue & Associates. “With specialized DNA sequencing such as what is being applied in these studies, the resource recovery industry finally has the opportunity to measure the microbiology much more comprehensively than what has been previously possible. The studies will help the industry interpret results and use this new insight to optimize systems. I believe this will be a game-changer for the industry.”

bill van bonn“With intensive surveillance of viral, archaeal, bacterial and fungal communities in our multiple systems, Shedd Aquarium Microbiome Project is generating one of the most comprehensive known evaluations of the complex interrelationships between microbes in the built aquatic environment and their responses to environmental change,” said Dr. Van Bonn. “We look forward to sharing our story at the Summit and having the same opportunity to learn from others.”

dean amhaus“If you care about microbiology in water or wastewater, resource recovery or water-related health, this is a must attend event” said Dean Amhaus, CEO of The Water Council, a Milwaukee-based, globally connected epicenter for freshwater research, innovation, education and business development. “Microbe Detectives has assembled a line-up of speakers and topics that are certain to be first-rate and one-of-a-kind.”

steve frenkel“Advances is understanding the microbiome are happening in Chicago where researchers are sequencing the DNA of micro-organisms in the Chicago river to both protect public health and the health of the river,” said Steve Frenkel, Executive Director of Current, Chicago’s water technology accelerator. “We’re thrilled to welcome this important summit to Chicago, a city that is developing next-generation water technologies to solve local, national and global water challenges.”

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About Microbe Detectives

Microbe Detectives enables groundbreaking opportunities to reduce costs, improve energy output, and generate new revenue streams in wastewater, anaerobic digestion, process water, and other biological systems. This is possible by applying our proprietary metagenomics methods that illuminate 80 to 90% of the microbiome of these systems where owners and operators have been accustomed to a best case of <1% visibility.

ROI EXAMPLE: A medium size wastewater municipality was able to optimize its Biological Nutrient Removal (BNR) program which enabled an annual savings of $195 thousand. This was achieved by eliminating BNR chemical treatment costs of $65 thousand and reducing the amount of aeration required by the system which saved an additional $130 thousand in energy costs. The client was able to achieve these savings because they were able to measure and monitor BNR microbes on a routine basis using Microbe Detectives’ metagenomic analysis services. This type of measurement was not possible with any of the available standard test methods.

Microbe Detectives graduated from the Water Council’s BREW accelerator in 2014 and is a winner of the Wisconsin Innovation Awards. Join us in exploring the possibilities. https://microbedetectives.com/