Naveen Jain, the Indian American man on a moon mission, has shifted his focus away from the moon and onto the gut.
The Seattle, Washington-based Jain, who made history when his Moon Express commercial company received approval from the United States to embark on the first commercial space mission beyond Earth’s orbit (see India-West article here), is now focused on human health with his new “moon shot,” Viome.
“At this point we feel good about launching (Moon Express) this year,” Jain recently told India-West in a phone interview. “But now we are focused on another moon shot in Viome.”
Viome asks you to imagine what living in a world where illness is optional would be like.
“Even if you are thoughtful about your diet, chances are that you are not as healthy as you may believe,” the company explains on its site, www.Viome.com. “That’s because your body plays host to trillions of microorganisms completely unique to each person, and if they aren’t thriving, neither will you,” it said.
The company is a melding of how Eastern medicine used to think and what Western medicine is today, Jain explained.
“What if we can create a world where no one has to be sick from any chronic diseases like Alzheimer’s and depression?” the Indian American entrepreneur queried.
Jain added that while all our bodies are almost identical, the microbes, which produce 2 million genes — compared to 20,000 genes DNA produces — are about 5 percent similar.
“A diet that is good for one person may not be for the other,” Jain stressed, turning around a commonly recited phrase, “One man’s food is another man’s poison.”
Viome is able to analyze microbes in the gut in their Los Alamos Laboratory in New Mexico and cater a diet specific to what that person needs to remain healthy.
Jain told India-West the process of analysis and molding a unique diet could cost upward of $10,000 but Viome is able to offer it for $399 thanks to technology it possesses.
Tests of the gut — from stool samples — need to be performed every several months, Jain said, but in all probability, once a year would suffice, he added.
An at-home kit is delivered to the user once a year with options to repeat the test whenever desired. Viome’s artificial intelligence engine is trained by leading gut scientists, physicians and nutritionists, it said. And when the analysis is complete, the user is provided a personalized, easy-to-follow plan with a precise diet, nutrition and supplement recommendation through a proprietary app.
Viome boasts that it has exclusive access to technology originally designed for national security. This same advanced technology is now owned by Viome and can be used as a highly calibrated and customized tool against chronic and age-related conditions, it said.
Jain said that more than 10,000 people have already signed up for the service, ranging from people who are currently dealing with chronic illnesses and others who simply wish to remain healthy.
When asked if the price may be too steep for the everyday working individual, Jain noted that, as technology continues to evolve, the price of Viome will drop accordingly — as well as with more volume of work, allowing for lower prices by sheer number of clients.
Viome, Jain asserted, doesn’t sell anything to take such as health supplements or groceries to fulfill your dietary needs. It simply analyzes a person and provides a full diet to follow to remain or become healthy.
“The reason I did this is because health is the biggest problem facing humanity,” Jain told India-West. “We are spending so much money on healthcare and people are getting sicker and sicker. That is a fundamental problem. I wanted to tackle the biggest problem facing people.”
More information about Viome can be found on its website, www.Viome.com, and when visiting the site, it offers a complimentary eBook.