uBiome has stopped running its only lab test after the troubled poop-testing startup laid off half its workers

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The
troubled poop-testing startup
uBiome has paused running its
last remaining test, after laying off crucial laboratory personnel
on Wednesday.

uBiome temporarily stopped processing samples for its
Explorer test
because the startup no longer has a lab director
after
cutting half its workforce
, according to an internal Slack
message seen by Business Insider. Explorer costs $89, and is
available without a prescription from a doctor. 

“Due to the fact that we now lack a Laboratory Director, we have
ceased processing of Explorer samples until we have a replacement,”
the Slack message seen by Business Insider reads. It was sent by
Josh Raynes, whose LinkedIn profile identifies him as a clinical
laboratory scientist at uBiome. Raynes declined to comment when
contacted by Business Insider.

Curtis Solsvig, uBiome’s interim CEO, confirmed the temporary
halt to Business Insider. “We have decided to pause processing of
new Explorer samples until a new lab director is in place,” he said
in an emailed statement.

uBiome had already
stopped selling and processing its clinical tests
, which
require a doctor’s order, after an FBI raid on the company in
April. Earlier on Wednesday, a person familiar with uBiome’s plans
told Business Insider that the startup was planning to keep its
labs open. The company is still selling the Explorer test.

In all, uBiome cut 114 of the 229 people it employed on
Wednesday. uBiome’s chief operating officer, Nathaniel Walton, was
let go, as was Susan Zneimer, one of the company’s lab
directors.

uBiome raised $105 million from investors on the promise of
revealing new insights about individuals’ health from the bacteria
in their body, known as the microbiome. The FBI
raided
 the startup in April, as part of an investigation into
uBiome’s billing practices, The
Wall Street Journal reported
. uBiome’s founders and top leaders
departed in June, and
replacements were brought
in from the consulting firm Goldin
Associates.

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uBiome has stopped running its only lab test after the troubled poop-testing startup laid off half its workers