A watershed moment in public health
Our approach to wastewater-based epidemiology (WBE) monitors the spread of pathogens to help communities prepare for and prevent the spread of infectious diseases.
Verily is a leader in the laboratory science behind wastewater-based epidemiology. In collaboration with scientific organizations, government agencies, and commercial organizations, our scientists conduct research to develop and validate assays needed to consistently and accurately measure the concentration of viral and bacterial DNA and RNA for a variety of pathogens in wastewater.
Verily is working closely with public health specialists, clinicians, and researchers to use the data from wastewater to explore various use cases ranging from improving existing public health surveillance systems to optimizing research and development efforts.
Verily’s researchers are on the leading edge of identifying pathogens of public health importance that can be detected in wastewater.
The Verily difference
Verily provides quality, fast turnaround wastewater monitoring results for a broad array of pathogens to hundreds of sites across the United States using our high-throughput, state of the art lab leveraging automation to optimize efficiency
Results delivered since 2020
Pathogens currently monitored
Monitoring the health of communities
The detection and quantification of pathogens through wastewater can provide advanced warning, before clinical testing or hospitalizations, to help communities prepare and respond.
Verily provides an easy to understand online tool to monitor the level of viruses circulating in the geographic areas from which samples are submitted, providing timely information for public health awareness and action.
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