Fighting infectious disease with AI and genomics while developing the world’s leading microbial sequence database


Biotia is a health-tech company located in New York, NY, that leverages sequencing-based technology and proprietary AI-powered software to rapidly and accurately identify microorganisms and antimicrobial resistance. Our mission is to fight infectious diseases by deploying the leading reference library of microbes worldwide.

As a spinout company of Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech, Biotia has a New York State CLIA lab for infectious disease diagnostics testing affiliated with SUNY Downstate Health Sciences University.

Located in
New York, NY

As of 2020, Biotia was accredited as a fully operational CLEP and high complexity CLIA-certified laboratory by the NY State Department of Health. New York State has the most stringent regulatory compliance requirements of any state in the US for diagnostic laboratories. With strict adherence to these policies, patients and physicians can have total trust in Biotia’s quality standards and diagnostic reports. Additionally, due to our NYS CLIA accreditation, Biotia can receive and process clinical samples from most states in the US.


Niamh O’HaraNiamh O’Hara
Niamh O’Hara
Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer of Biotia
Christopher MasonChristopher Mason
Christopher Mason
Co-Founder and Global Director of Biotia
Dorottya Nagy-SzakalDorottya Nagy-Szakal
Dorottya Nagy-Szakal
Chief Medical Officer of Biotia
David DankoDavid Danko
David Danko
Chief Technology Officer of Biotia
Janice CharleyJanice Charley
Janice Charley
Chief Financial Officer
Michael BenzinouMichael Benzinou
Michael Benzinou
Head of Business Development
Talisa Vega-KlineTalisa Vega-Kline
Talisa Vega-Kline
Senior Operations Manager
Mara Couto-RodriguezMara Couto-Rodriguez
Mara Couto-Rodriguez
Director of Research and Development
Caitlin OttoCaitlin Otto
Caitlin Otto
Clinical Laboratory Director
Zaineb BelloZaineb Bello
Zaineb Bello
Clinical Laboratory Supervising Technologist
Xavier Jirau SerranoXavier Jirau Serrano
Xavier Jirau Serrano
NGS Research Scientist
Sol ReySol Rey
Sol Rey
NGS Research Scientist
Tiara RiveraTiara Rivera
Tiara Rivera
NGS Research Technician
Heather WellsHeather Wells
Heather Wells
Senior Bioinformatician
Ford CombsFord Combs
Ford Combs
Senior Bioinformatics Engineer
Gábor FidlerGábor Fidler
Gábor Fidler
Bioinformatics Engineer
John PapciakJohn Papciak
John Papciak
Junior Bioinformatic Developer
Suraj PatelSuraj Patel
Suraj Patel
Junior Data Analyst
Ádám Nagyházy-HorváthÁdám Nagyházy-Horváth
Ádám Nagyházy-Horváth
Director of Product
Cory MasonCory Mason
Cory Mason
Information Technology Consultant
Gábor JózsaGábor Józsa
Gábor Józsa
Senior Business Analyst
Csaba GuraCsaba Gura
Csaba Gura
DevOps Engineer
Eszter SzöllősiEszter Szöllősi
Eszter Szöllősi
Software Engineer
Tamás NemcsokTamás Nemcsok
Tamás Nemcsok
Software Engineer
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Junior Software Engineer

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Barry T. ZemanBarry T. Zeman
Barry T. Zeman
President, US Business Development Corp.
Bradley A. ConnorBradley A. Connor
Bradley A. Connor
Founder and Medical Director of the NY Center for Travel and Tropical Medicine, Professor at Weill Cornell and Attending at the NY Presbyterian Hospital
Jerry FrankJerry Frank
Jerry Frank
Physician executive and family physician
Joel DudleyJoel Dudley
Joel Dudley
Executive VP Precision Medicine Mount Sinai Health System
Steven SalzbergSteven Salzberg
Steven Salzberg
Bloomberg Distinguished Professor of Biomedical Engineering, Computer Science, and Biostatistics at Johns Hopkins University
Sari MillerSari Miller
Sari Miller
Serial Startup and Impact Investor; CEO, Sarjay, Inc.
John HuiJohn Hui
John Hui
Healthcare entrepreneur, co-founder and CEO of Twiage
Shay DavidShay David
Shay David
Scholar, Serial Entrepreneur, Co-Founder and General Manager of Media and Telecom at Kaltura
Justin TownsendJustin Townsend
Justin Townsend


We'll be adding board members soon.

Our investors

Biotia is backed by industry leaders

OCA Ventures

Continuum Health Ventures

convergent ventures

SeedtoB Capital

SK Square Americas

Digital-Dx Ventures

Falcon II Ventures

Tau Ventures

Hyperplane Venture Capital

Leawood Venture Capital

SpringTide Ventures

AmplifyHer Ventures

Cloquet Capital

Jacobs Technion at Cornell Tech

Howard Morgan

MEDA Angels

Sand Hill Angels

Technion Angels

The Fund

Mayo Clinic


Coming out of Cornell Tech, Weill Cornell, and Columbia University, we are scientists, medical professionals, and health tech entrepreneurs pioneering the exploration of microbes from the human body, to the NYC subway, to hospitals, to outer space.

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Whether you're a potential partner, customer, or simply curious about our work, we encourage you to get in touch.