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UBiome's founder repeatedly presented herself as years younger than she actually was in the latest sign of trouble at the embattled $600 million poop-testing startup

UBiome's founder repeatedly presented herself as years younger than she actually was in the latest sign of trouble at the embattled $600 million poop-testing startup
uBiome; Yutong Yuan/Business Insider



Buzzy Silicon Valley startup uBiome, which was geared at highlighting the importance of the microbiome for human health, is under federal investigation.




The FBI raided the company's San Francisco offices last month, reportedly related to issues with how it bills customers.




Insiders previously said that in their view, uBiome cut corners on its science in a quest for growth.




Now, additional reporting by Business Insider reveals that uBiome cofounder Jessica Richman misled reporters about her age multiple times in an apparent effort to be included in articles showcasing young founders.




Richman and her cofounder Zachary Apte are quietly in a relationship, according to ex-employees, with one saying they were encouraged not to discuss the relationship publicly.




The company was also found to have used stock photos for testimonials on its website, the Wall Street Journal reported.




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On the heels of an FBI raid of its offices in San Francisco, buzzy health startup uBiome is under investigation.
The company, which has raised $105 million and achieved a $600 million valuation, is reportedly being probed for issues related to how it billed for its tests, which were geared at highlighting the role the microbiome plays in human health.
UBiome portrayed its tests as free to patients and claimed insurance companies would foot the bill. In reality, customers were sometimes saddled with thousands of dollars of bills when their insurance declined to pay. Interviews that Business Insider previously conducted with several former uBiome employees suggest that the company may have cut corners on its science as well.
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