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Your Guide to Metabolomics

Why Metabolomics?

This is a comprehensive guide developed to teach you the ins and outs of one of the most powerful omics tools in any scientist’s toolbox, one that can complement any existing workflow and help realize the full potential of other omics methods: metabolomics.

Chapters Guide

By the time you complete this series, you’ll have a deep understanding of metabolomics and how you can start implementing it in your own research. Each chapter in this series focuses on a specific topic, delivering everything you need to know about metabolomics in manageable bite-sized chunks.

Chapter 1 — What Are Metabolomics, Metabolites, and the Metabolome?

In this chapter, you’ll learn the basics: what is metabolomics, what are metabolites, and what is the metabolome—and why you should care.

Chapter 2 — How Does Metabolomics Compare to Other Omics Sciences?

In this chapter, we’ll dig deep into the omics sciences, explaining each and how they relate to one another. By the end of this chapter, you’ll understand where metabolomics fits in.

Chapter 3 — How Are Metabolites Identified and Detected?

In this chapter, we provide an overview of how to detect and identify metabolites as well as the basics of metabolomics studies.

Chapter 4 — Why Are Metabolomics Insights Important?

In this chapter, we’ll explore what metabolomics insights can add to your research, and why introducing metabolomics into your omics workflows can bring your research to the next level. We’ll also introduce the various applications of metabolomics, from pharma to nutrition to forensic science and more.

Chapter 5 — Clinical Applications of Metabolomics

In this chapter, we take a deeper dive into past, current, and future clinical applications of metabolomics, including diagnostics, screening, and personalized medicine.

Chapter 6 — Academic Applications of Metabolomics

In this chapter, we’ll explore the academic applications of metabolomics, including routine research and method development, and how these applications eventually lead to clinical translation.

Chapter 7 — Commercial Applications of Metabolomics

In this chapter, we’ll see how metabolomics supports a range of commercial applications, from nutrition to beauty and everything in between.

Chapter 8 — Regulatory Applications of Metabolomics

In this chapter, we’ll explore the ways in which metabolomics can help define and uphold governmental and agency regulations and guidelines.

Chapter 9 — Designing a Metabolomics Study

In this final installment of our metabolomics guide, we’ll walk you through the fundamentals of how to design and execute a robust metabolomics study to answer your research question(s).

Chapter 10 — The End of the Guide… the Beginning of Your Metabolomics Studies

Here’s a quick review of the main points of discussion in each chapter that you can use to help you find what you need quickly.

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Why Metabolon?

Once you see the full value of metabolomics, the only remaining question is who does it best? While many laboratories have metabolite profiling or analytical chemistry capabilities, comprehensive metabolomics technologies are extremely rare. Accurate, unbiased metabolite identification across the entire metabolome introduces signal-to-noise challenges that very few labs are equipped to handle. Also, translating massive quantities of data into actionable information is slow, if not impossible, for most because proper interpretation takes two things that are in short supply: experience and a comprehensive database.

Only Metabolon has all four core metabolomics capabilities



Ability to interrogate thousands of metabolites across diverse biochemical space, revealing new insights and opportunities



Ability to integrate the data from different studies into the same dataset, in different geographies, among different patients over time



Ability to inform on proper study design, generate high‐quality data, derive biological insights, and make actionable recommendations



Ability to process hundreds of thousands of samples quickly and cost‐efficiently to service rapidly growing demand

Partner with Metabolon to access:


A library of 5,400+ known metabolites, 2,000 in human plasma, all referenced in the context of biochemical pathways

  • That’s 5x the metabolites of the closest competitor

Unparalleled depth and breadth of experience analyzing and interpreting metabolomic data to find meaningful results

  • 10,000+ projects with hundreds of clients
  • 2,000+ publications covering 500 diseases, including numerous peer-reviewed journals such as Cell, Nature and Science
  • Nearly 40 PhDs in data science, molecular biology, and biochemistry

Using our robust platform and visualization tools, our experts are uniquely able to tell you more about your molecule and develop assay panels to help you zero in on the results you need.

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