Disease outbreak prediction startup Metabiota has raised $30 million in Series A funding to help build out its offerings to government organizations and insurers on a global scale.
The San Francisco startup uses computer modeling to predict and prevent disease outbreaks in populations throughout the world, including Africa and Asia. It does this by collecting data from various communities and regional clinics to map out where a disease might strike next. Metabiota technology played a role in helping the Sierra Leone government stem Ebola outbreaks in the country.
Government organizations and NGOs, such as the World Health Organization and the Centers for Disease Control, have traditionally gathered information on the ground about outbreaks and then tried to work with various governments on a plan of action. Metabiota is one of the first companies to use a combination of field data and analytics to help governments and insurers stem these epidemics.