Our Mission & Vision

The Mission of The BioCollective is to change the face of formulation by sharpening the focus on ingredient transparency and restoring the microbiome’s internal pharmacy through advanced modeling, analysis and the market’s first function driven probiotic formulations. 

We aim to unlock a new degree of understanding and product development processes
from the core of the human ecosystem: the microbiome. 




In 2015 The BioCollective was founded. 

The initiative then, as it is now, is a focus on the microbiome as a map to health and disease prevention and correction.  

The BioCollective began metagenomic sequencing of a scope and quality of microbiome samples that had never before
been endeavored.



Joins the "National Microbiome Initiative" and presents at the White House

Patents the BioCollector ™ whole stool collection device 

Continues to grow microbiome bank and associated metagenomic data 



TEDx  Boulder
Complete initial proprietary metabolic and enzymatic model based on metagenomic sequencing of microbiome.



Produced validated result:
Sugar Buster ™


The Team


Martha Carlin,
Founder & Chief Executive Revolutionary

Martha Carlin is an award-winning systems thinker who is changing how we understand the links between the environment, our food and water systems, and illness. Armed with a unique ability to connect seemingly unrelated findings across diverse scientific fields to solve complex problems, her vision and guidance have built the BioCollective platform into a complete ecosystem to accelerate microbiome research and rapidly develop solutions.

Martha’s study of genetics, nutrition, biology, biochemistry, neuroscience and epigenetics began in 2002 when her husband was diagnosed with Parkinson’s Disease (PD). Martha saw the gut’s connection to chronic disease after reading Dr. Martin Blaser’s Missing Microbes in 2014, later connecting it to Dr. Filip Scheperjans’ research on the microbiome and PD She commissioned a study with the University of Chicago to investigate that connection, and the BioCollective was born, creating a patented, easy and ick-free collection kit, a sample library, and a software model to rapidly iterate unique strains and probiotics targeted to address broken functions in the human microbiome. She is a seasoned and successful executive, a sought-after speaker, and a creative problem solver who approaches systemic diseases as systemic problems that can be solved. Martha is an investor in Pure Cultures, an agricultural probiotics technology company; a Partner in PaleoBiotica, Inc.; and an advisor to the Microbiota Vault. She is the 2018 NetExplo Major Digital Talent in BioTech, a speaker at the White House Microbiome Initiative (among many others), and the 2018 Innovation Award Winner from Nutrition Business Journal.


Dr. Raul Cano, PhD
Chief Scientific Officer


Dr. Cano’s microbiology career spans for more than 50 years, with extensive experience both in biotechnology and academia. Dr. Cano specializes in molecular and environmental microbiology. He is best known for his groundbreaking work in paleomicrobiology and metagenomics. His current interest focuses in metagenomics and comparative metabolomics, as well as developing standard procedures of microbiome research. His Ph.D. in microbiology was granted by the University of Montana. Dr. Cano also holds advanced degrees in Genetics and Clinical Microbiology. He has been awarded over a dozen awards, including the prestigious Carski Award, written numerous peer-reviewed publications as well as several textbooks and laboratory procedures manuals. Dr. Cano has served as scientific consultant to several biotechnology firms, and has been elected fellow to the American Academy of Microbiology.


Dr. Naseer Sangwan, PhD
Director of Bioinformatics


Dr. Sangwan received his B.S., and M.S. in Zoology, and Ph.D in Molecular Microbiology from The University of Delhi, in addition to completing two post docs at The Argonne National Library and The University of Chicago, respectively. He has advanced experience in analyzing the effect of natural selection across microbial community ecology and has authored over 45 publications and book chapters on microbial bioremediation potential, genomics, and metagenomics. 

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Zoe Zreloff
Microbiology Research Assistant

Zoe Zreloff earned her B.S. in Microbiology from Colorado State University, where she also worked in a BSL-3 lab researching Tuberculosis. Additionally during her time at CSU, Zoe completed a minor in Biomedical Sciences and conducted a research project with the Department of Neurosciences. Zoe loves to travel and was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to study abroad in Italy for a semester. In her free time, Zoe likes to garden, paint, and go hiking. Zoe is passionate about her work at The BioCollective, handling laboratory tasks ranging from sample processing, data management, and lab quality control, to conducting research experiments and strain isolation work.

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Charlie Genry
Office & Accounting Manager




Dr. Raul Cano

-  Retroviral DNA Sequences as a Means for Determining Ancient Diets.

-  Potential applications of metagenomics to assess the biological effects of food structure and function.

-  Gut Microbiome and Putative Resistome of Inca and Italian Nobility Mummies.

-  Gut Microbiome of an 11th Century A.D. Pre-Columbian Andean Mummy.

-  luxS in bacteria isolated from 25- to 40-million-year-old amber.

-  Future Technologies.

Dr. Naseer Sanguan

-  American Gut: an Open Platform for Citizen Science Microbiome Research.   

-  A communal catalogue reveals Earth's multiscale microbial diversity.

-  Recovering complete and draft population genomes from metagenome datasets.

-  Bacterial colonization and succession in a newly opened hospital.

-  Invasive Plants Rapidly Reshape Soil Properties in a Grassland Ecosystem.

-  Recruiting environmental genomes from metagenomes.




Linda Avey  Co-Founder, 23andme

Linda Avey
Co-Founder, 23andme

Alan Lewis  Dir of Govt Affairs, Natural Grocers

Alan Lewis
Dir of Govt Affairs, Natural Grocers

Noah Voreades   Principal, Genbiome Consulting

Noah Voreades
Principal, Genbiome Consulting

Jaroslav Boublik  CSO, Activated Nutrients, LeafCann

Jaroslav Boublik
CSO, Activated Nutrients, LeafCann

Tom Aarts  Nutrition Business Advisors

Tom Aarts
Nutrition Business Advisors

Ceci Zak  COO , Batten Co Omnicom Sanofi

Ceci Zak
COO , Batten Co
Omnicom Sanofi

Steve Kazemi  CEO, Pure Cultures Ops, Nutraceutics

Steve Kazemi
CEO, Pure Cultures
Ops, Nutraceutics

Rita Colwell  Former Dir of NSF Founder, CosmosID

Rita Colwell
Former Dir of NSF
Founder, CosmosID