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We Are Dedicated to Improving Your Internal Health

​We Are Dedicated to Improving Your Internal Health​

Ixcela: The Internal Fitness Company

For a variety of lifestyle-related reasons, the body’s internal biochemistry can be moved from a healthy, balanced state to a state that can lead to chronic disease. These chronic conditions include Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, ALS, and diabetes. Additionally, poor internal fitness may cause less severe but more common health issues, such as irritable bowel syndrome, acid reflux, and leaky gut.

The Ixcela approach restores internal health using a sophisticated test and individualized therapy. The Ixcela test identifies imbalances in key small molecules associated with the gut microbiome,and our individualized therapy restores these molecules to their proper levels with a personalized program that includes proprietary supplements, as well as personalized nutrition and fitness plans.

Ixcela has developed a pinprick blood test that looks at the levels of unique small-molecule metabolites shown through experimentation, peer-reviewed literature, and clinical studies to be associated with gut microbiome health. Analysis of the blood spot is performed by proprietary technology, including the Electrochemical Array (CoulArray™) invented by our co-founder Wayne Matson. Ixcela is also developing unique supplements to help regulate specific biomarkers that are not at optimal levels. Thus, Ixcela provides a comprehensive approach to a) determining gut microbiome dysbiosis and b) providing actionable solutions to restoring proper gut microbiome health.

Optimal internal health Ixcela tests for metabolites
Ixchel

The inspiration for our company name “Ixcela” came from Ixchel—the ancient Mayan goddess of healing and medicine.

Ixcela Team

Erika Ebbel Angle, Ph.D.

Erika Ebbel Angle, Ph.D.

CEO and Co-founder

Meet Biochemist Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, the force behind Ixcela. Erika serves as Chief Executive Officer and is the cofounder of Ixcela.

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Wayne Matson, Ph.D

Wayne Matson, Ph.D

Chief Scientist and Co-founder

Dr. Wayne Matson is co-founder of Ixcela and serves as its Chief Scientist. He has been at the center of the field of metabolomics for 30 years.

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Shelby Burns, MS, RD/LDN

Shelby Burns, MS, RD/LDN

Ixcela Program Expert

Ixcela Program Expert Shelby Burns, MS, RD, LDN, helps to ensure the success of Ixcela programs, clients, and accounts by providing results reviews, nutrition and lifestyle counseling, and trainings.

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Jacqueline Chiappetta

Jacqueline Chiappetta

Digital Marketing Specialist

Digital Marketing Specialist Jacqueline Chiappetta supports Ixcela’s customers and sales team in several ways.

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Suzanne Hammer

Suzanne Hammer

Chief of Staff

Suzanne handles scheduling, meeting support and office administration, and keeps things running smoothly from day to day. Before joining Ixcela, Suzanne worked in digital publishing.

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Shannon Hartsfield

Shannon Hartsfield

Pro Account Manager

Shannon works with the sales and marketing teams on inside sales and corporate relationship building.

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Jonathon Kurtz

Jonathon Kurtz

Lead Development Specialist

Lead Development Specialist Jonathan Kurtz supports Ixcela’s pro partners by providing detailed product descriptions, explaining client benefits, and helping pros integrate the Ixcela Internal Fitness Test into their businesses.

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Samantha Matson

Samantha Matson

Director of Research and Development

Samantha Matson studied biology and chemistry at LIU. She began her love of science as a 4 year old when her father would bring her to his lab on weekends.

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Nikhil Mirjankar, Ph.D.

Nikhil Mirjankar, Ph.D.

Research Scientist

Nikhil is a chemist and chemical engineer with a multidisciplinary back ground in analytical chemistry, chemometrics, pattern recognition, and forensics.

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Samantha Nienow

Samantha Nienow

Chief Marketing Officer

Visual strategist and storyteller Samantha Nienow is responsible for designing the client's journey from taking the Ixcela test to feeling supported by implementing lifestyle changes after receiving results.

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Juxhin Shehu

Juxhin Shehu

Clinical Laboratory Manager

Juxhin is a chemist who joined Ixcela in 2018. He received his bachelors from Salem State University in 2008, and since then his background experience has been in analytical chemistry and regulatory compliance.

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Rachel Stuck, RDN

Rachel Stuck, RDN

Director of Wellness and Curriculum

Director of Curriculum and Wellness Rachel Stuck loves to dive into the latest gut microbiome and metabolite research.

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Ixcela Advisory Team

Lillian So Chan

Lillian So Chan

Ixcela Science Communication Advisor

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Dr. Manny W Radomski, PhD

Dr. Manny W Radomski, PhD

Ixcela Science Communication Advisor

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Ixcela Board of Advisors

Mike Aicher, MBA

Mike Aicher, MBA

Ixcela Board of Advisor

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Ixcela Board of Directors

Colin Angle

Colin Angle

Chairman of the Board, CEO and Co-founder of iRobot

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Nick Soloway, Esq.

Nick Soloway, Esq.

Founder, Hayes Soloway, P.C.

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Erika Ebbel Angle, PhD.

Erika Ebbel Angle, PhD.

CEO and Co-founder

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Wayne R. Matson, Ph.D.

Wayne R. Matson, Ph.D.

Chief Scientist and Co-founder

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The Ixcela Story—Collaboration + Innovation

Collaboration and in-depth analysis between seven scientists revealed ideas beyond diagnosis and therapy.

Ixcela was co-founded by Drs. Erika Ebbel Angle and Wayne Matson, who were aided by a group of outstanding scientists. Each team member had developed technologies and methods for the study of a range of diseases for diagnosis, predictive diagnostic risk factors, and specification of therapy (personalized medicine).

After deep analysis of the complex biochemical profiles for more than 1,000 compounds in tens of thousands of subjects, it became clear to us that the microbiome (the 6–10,000 species in the gut—the second largest organ in the body) was a critical part of the biochemical web distinguishing normal from disease subjects. Understanding these webs could also allow the prediction of therapeutic response. Additionally, the biochemistry of the microbiome had direct links to the function of other organs, including the brain.

This led us beyond the ideas of diagnosis and therapy to the concept of promoting biochemical wellness (“internal health”) through measurement and control of the microbiome with specific, personalized intervention based on testing.

Intestinal cross-section Monitor chart

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