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SNS FiRe Conference Names uBiome a 2014 FiReStarter Company

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FRIDAY HARBOR, WA -- (Marketwired) -- 05/19/14 -- Strategic News Service (SNS) is proud to announce that uBiome has been selected as a 2014 FiReStarter company to be featured at the 12th annual Future in Review (FiRe) conference. Described by The Economist as "the best technology conference in the world," FiRe features global thought leaders in technology and the global economy, including Elon Musk, Mark Hurd, Vint Cerf, Leroy Hood, Patti Grace Smith, Craig Venter, Paul Jacobs, Michael Dell, and many others. FiReStarters are selected based on the strength of their innovations and their potential to bring positive change to the world, and are showcased at an exclusive investor reception at the FiRe conference, in panels throughout the event, and with ongoing relationships introduced and supported by SNS.

uBiome is a microbiome sequencing service that provides information and tools enabling people to explore their microbiome. Based on research from the NIH Human Microbiome Project, uBiome has perfected the technology to perform large-scale microbiome studies.

Founded by UC San Francisco scientists and Stanford and Cambridge technologists, uBiome's mission is to use big data to understand the human microbiome. Each of us is covered in trillions of bacteria, and uBiome helps consumers and organizations understand what they are and what they do, using tools such as machine learning, bioinformatics, crowdsourcing, Illumina Hi-Seq, and robots.

Dozens of conditions are correlated with the human microbiome, including asthma, diabetes, irritable bowel, and heart disease. uBiome is the first and only big-data company focused on the microbiome.

"uBiome uses crowdscience to understand the human microbiome -- an incredibly important new organ in the human body that has the potential to revolutionize our understanding of health and disease," said Jessica Richman, Co-Founder and CEO of uBiome.

"We are delighted to have uBiome as a FiReStarter company for FiRe 2014. Its work in bringing each of us personalized information on the 90% of cells in our bodies which are other species is in the forefront of medical study today; and its work of helping us understand not only what makes a human, but also what makes that human healthy," said Mark Anderson, FiRe Chair and CEO of the Strategic News Service.

Future in Review is a gathering of world-class thought leaders, convened each year with the goal of providing the most accurate look forward in technology. FiRe is a world leader in exploring how technology drives the world economy, and in using technology to solve major social challenges. These goals have been consistently achieved through FiRe's collaboration across technology-driven industries and through active support from the global FiRe community. Now in its 12th year, FiRe 2014 will take place May 20-23 at the Montage Laguna Beach, California.

To register for FiRe 2014, and to see bios of speakers and other participants, go to www.futureinreview.com.

Strategic News Service was founded by Mark Anderson in 1995 as the first subscription-based online news service. Since its inception, SNS has proven the most accurate predictive report covering technology and the global economy. Its subscribers include top managers at technology and finance companies across the globe, including Oracle, Microsoft, Dell, HP, Cisco, Intel, Google, British Telecom, SpaceX, Amazon, Telstra, and others.

SNS has been operating the annual FiRe conference since 2003. FiRe exposes world experts and participants to new ideas, and conversations about them, producing an accurate portrait of the future; and focuses on creating technology solutions to current local and global problems. FiRe 2014 will take place May 20-23 at the Montage Laguna Beach, California. For more information and to register, go to www.futureinreview.com.

Future in Review™ is a Strategic News Service™ conference. Future in Review and Strategic News Service (SNS) are registered international trademarks. The "SNS Global Report" is the most accurate publicly ranked predictive newsletter in computing and communications.

Websites: www.stratnews.com, www.futureinreview.com

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