Ara Katz (L) and Raja Dhir (Seed)

On the hunt for bugs out­side the gut, Seed Health snares $40M round to ad­vance pipeline with the help of George Church

In 2017, as “mi­cro­bio­me ma­nia” was set­ting in, Ra­ja Dhir and Ara Katz launched Seed Health to go broad where oth­ers went small. While most oth­er play­ers fo­cused on the gut, Dhir said, Seed set out to un­der­stand mi­cro­bial com­mu­ni­ties in the gut and else­where, such as in the mouth or on the skin.

“Most peo­ple don’t know that cav­i­ties are the most com­mon bac­te­r­i­al in­fec­tion in the world,” he said.

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