The Future of Healthcare: Personalization and AI (with ZOE’s Jonathan Wolf)


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Nutritional science has long been one-size-fits-all. Advice on a healthier diet has been generic, failing to consider the huge variance of our bodies. ZOE is trying to change that by combining new research about our microbiomes with AI and machine learning.

The healthtech startup offers dietary advice tailored to an individual’s microbiomes – the unique makeup of microorganisms present in our human gut – to change the way we eat for the better.

ZOE co-founder and CEO Jonathan Wolf joins Azeem Azhar to discuss what the ZOE process looks like, the growth of the company, and the importance of the microbiome to our health.

They also discuss:

  • How ZOE has been able to speed up health research.
  • What an individual’s genome cannot account for when it comes to health.
  • Whether eating doughnuts can ever improve your health outcomes.


Further resources:

‘Human postprandial responses to food and potential for precision nutrition’ – Berry et al., Nature Medicine, 2020
‘Microbiome connections with host metabolism and habitual diet from 1,098 deeply phenotyped individuals’ – F. Asnicar, S. Berry, N. Segata, Nature Medicine, 2021

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