In the first of Univfy's Q&A blog posts, we talk with CEO, Dr. Mylene Yao about why she and co-founder Wing Wong decided to start Univfy Inc.
Dr. Mylene Yao: Fertility treatment can be stressful, as it is. By reducing some of the guesswork, we want to help you navigate the fertility journey more smoothly with more constructive results. Univfy IVF Prediction Tests, which provide highly accurate individual prognoses for IVF patients, bring the power of personalized information-now available for the first time--to fertility treatment.
Dr. Yao: Univfy grew out of research that Professor Wing Wong and I conducted while I was teaching at Stanford University. Our Research Team created a prediction model determining a woman's personalized chance of having a baby with IVF by measuring many factors, including but not limited to age, body mass index, amount of hormonal medications required, and measures of embryo development. This is a big improvement over conventional practice, which predicts a woman's chances based largely on her aage, a one-size-fits-all prognosis. Since then, we have developed and validated prediction models for many clinics, including a model that predicts outcomes probabilities for diverse patient profiles representative of patient populations from multiple clinics.
Dr. Yao: By offering tests that give a woman's personalized chance of IVF success, we hope that patients and providers can make more informed decisions about treatment options that are best for that individual patient. For instance, it may turn out that a 38-year-old woman has a much higher chance of success with IVF than age alone would predict. She may do well to try IVF. What a woman or couple considers to be a "good" or "poor" chance of success is very personal, as is the decision to pursue IVF treatment. Univfy's role is to provide an evidence-based and validated probability of outcome that is personalized to the woman or couple's reproductive profile. This personalized prognostic information can then be placed into context with medical, social, emotional and financial factors when counseled by her physician.
Dr. Yao: Univfy IVF Prediction Tests are a new and validated tool based on diverse clinical profiles from multiple clinics that fertility providers can use to counsel their patients on the best course of treatment. With a prognosis personalized to the patient, providers have better information than ever before with which to make their judgments on the course of fertility treatment based on knowledge they have about the patient's other medical, social, or financial factors.