Guru Banavar - Artificial Intelligence and Viome
Guru Banavar, Viome's chief technology officer, discusses the role of AI and how it fits into Viome's mission.
Viome is a direct to consumer service that creates an understanding of an individual’s nutritional needs, as determined by an in-depth analysis of the ecosystem of the gut microbiome and its effect on host metabolism.
Viome's insights are based on an individual’s meta-transcriptome data (RNA sequencing of the microbiome) that identifies all active organisms and their expressed biochemical pathways; metabolic flexibility; as well as conditions or symptoms identified by the individual. Recommendations for the inclusion or exclusion of certain foods and nutrients are based on an in-depth and proprietary analysis of all of this data. The use of AI (Artificial Intelligence) makes it possible to complete rapid and reproducible pattern recognition on considerable amounts of an individual’s data and compare these to various cohorts. This provides information that can be used to create diet and nutrient recommendations. The AI platform is continuously evolving as more data is collected and analyzed.