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Basetrace has created "liquid barcodes" with a near-infinite range of signatures that can be used for both cost-savings and environmental monitoring.

  • Stage Full Product Ready
  • Industry Industrial/Energy
  • Location Durham, NC, US
  • Currency USD
  • Founded April 2012
  • Employees 2
  • Website

Company Summary

BaseTrace provides DNA-based tracers ("liquid barcodes") for industrial fluids in large, complex environments such as those in nuclear and oil & gas. BaseTrace’s sensitive detection process uses biotechnology to pinpoint leaks or determine if fluids have migrated into groundwater. BaseTrace is capable of generating billions of unique, environmentally inert tracer signatures.

Named a "top company to watch" in oil and gas by Lux Research in 2015.


  • Justine Chow is co-inventor on BaseTrace patent applications. She handles fundraising, business development, and technological design. Justine has published papers in biology and economic policy and founded the Duke Drilling, Environment, and Economics Network. Her master's project focused on hydraulic fracturing fluid tracers. Justine holds a Master of Environmental Management from Duke and a bachelor’s in biology from Harvard College.

  • Jake Rudulph is co-inventor on the patent applications. Jake is responsible for advancing BaseTrace's technological development, conducting prototype testing and development, monitoring legislative issues, and developing business partnerships. Jake’s professional and academic experience blends scientific and policy expertise in ecology, biogeochemistry and climate change with tools including geospatial analysis.


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    Jason Wood, Wyrick Robbins Yates & Ponton LLP
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    Steve Paladino, Scale Finance

Previous Investors

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    Cherokee Investment Partners
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    Duke Startup Challenge and Nicholas School of the Environment
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