How do you measure your day-to-day health?

We aim to transform healthcare by helping you capture a rich snapshot of your personal metabolism


Body fluids like tears, sweat, urine and serum contain many thousands of small organic molecules, and these metabolites give us a rich, easily accessible view of our day-to-day health. However, metabolites are hard to deal with — each metabolite is biochemically distinct, and it is impossible to easily amplify them. The current tools available to analyse metabolites are very powerful but extremely costly — in research and in diagnostics, mass spectrometry is widely regarded as the gold standard, but its use is limited by the requirement of a dedicated facility and highly trained technicians.

Currently based out of the University of Toronto, we have invented a novel technology to address these limitations and make metabolite detection more accessible. Our multiplexed, barcoded assay comprise of sensors that each releases a unique DNA sequence or ‘barcode’ when they see their ligands — by reading these released barcodes, we can detect hundreds of metabolites in parallel in a single sample and even in the minute quantities present in single cells.

Our pitch for UTEST Investor Day 2021

Our Team

Andrew Fraser


Prof. Andrew Fraser is a full Professor at the University of Toronto's Faculty of Medicine with over 30 years of experience in the genomics and systems biology fields. He has a strong history developing new platforms and technology, and co-founded Camena Biosciences where he spearheaded the invention of a patented gSynth DNA synthesis technology.

Maria Mercado


Maria Mercado is a fifth-year PhD student with deep expertise in population genetics and metabolism. She also has extensive experience fund-raising and liaising with stakeholders in public and private sections through her work as President of the Life Sciences Career Development Society (LSCDS) and as a co-founder of the national Life Sciences Career Expo (LSCE).

June Tan


Dr. June Tan is a post-doctoral fellow with over 10 years of experience working on various genomics projects. She has acquired a strong background in generating and analyzing large-scale sequencing datasets from her PhD and post-doctoral work, and has led the development of our novel small molecule sensors for metabolite detection.

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Donnelly Centre, University of Toronto
160 College Street, Rm 1240
Toronto, ON, M5S 3E1