Univfy recognizes the many challenges facing fertility patients, especially the need to make complex decisions—physicial, emotional, and financial--about fertility treatment without knowing whether it will even work.
The Univfy team helps individual patients to improve their chances of having a baby. We also help IVF providers to offer more affordable packages through the use of personalized probabilities of IVF success.
Founded in 2009 by experts in reproductive medicine, embryo and uterine research, and biostatistics from Stanford University, Univfy has applied its proprietary, scientifically-validated predictive analytics* to data from over 150,000 IVF treatments and 500,000 embryos, to help IVF centers around the globe to develop customized prediction models. Univfy has a strong track record of peer-reviewed, scientific publications showing that Univfy's IVF predictions are validated to be 1,000 times more accurate than age-based estimates.
We aim to make IVF accessible to more patients and to increase the chance of IVF success for every patient.
"Not knowing their personal chances of IVF success may cause many women to miss out on a treatment that could be highly effective for them."
Mylene Yao, M.D.
Co-Founder and CEO
Univfy Inc. is dedicated to helping fertility patients build their families. With accurate, personalized predictions of IVF treatment success, Univfy enables patients to get on the right fertility path sooner and expands access to IVF by making it more affordable. The company was founded in 2009 by a research team from Stanford University.
Mylene Yao, M.D. | Co-Founder and CEO
Dr. Yao has led Univfy since the company started operations in 2010. Her vision is to make IVF more accessible to patients and to break barriers to treatment through the power of predictive analytics.
Wing H. Wong, Ph.D. | Co-Founder and Advisor
Professor Wong is Professor of Statistics in the Departments of Statistics (former Chairman) and Health Research Policy (Stephen R. Pierce Family Goldman Sachs Professor in Science and Human Health), and by courtesy, the Department of Biology at Stanford University.
Julie Westlund, M.A. | VP of Client Services
Ms. Westlund leads pre/post-sales client services at Univfy. She is an expert marketing and sales lead with over 25 years of experience working with IVF providers and clinic staff covering the US and Canada.
Nancy Harrington, RNC-REIN | Director of Clinical Solutions
Ms. Harrington, an accomplished fertility expert and registered nurse in reproductive endocrinology and infertility, has over 27 years of experience in women’s reproductive health.
Chris Hinrichs, Ph.D | Director of Research and Data Science
Dr. Hinrichs leads Univfy's efforts to develop advanced analytics and scale Univfy’s proprietary predictive platform to meet the customized needs of IVF centers powered by Univfy.
Yin Zhu, B.Sc | VP of Finance and Operations
Mr. Zhu is responsible for Univfy’s finance, human resources, general administration, and pre- and post-sales operations. He graduated from Hass School of Business at UC Berkeley. Prior to joining Univfy, he was a healthcare investment banking analyst at RBC Capital Markets.
Catherine Yang, M.A. | Editor of Your Fertility
Ms. Yang, a long-time technology and business journalist, brings her editorial skills to Univfy as editor of the company’s website and Your Fertility, featuring original content by scientists, doctors, and patient advocates to help patients navigate their fertility journeys.
Univfy Inc., has assembled an international team of renowned fertility researchers and clinical experts to build collaborative research partnerships. This global initiative helps Univfy increase the range of our research opportunities and broaden the impact of our fertility research.
Meet the experts:
Ernesto Bosch, M.D. | Medical Director IVI Valencia, Valencia, Spain
Dr. Ernesto Bosch, Medical Director at the IVI Center Valencia, is a fertility doctor with expertise in IVF and all areas of infertility. He completed medical school at the University of Valencia, Spain in 1992.
Ronald F. Feinberg, M.D., Ph.D | IVF Medical Director Reproductive Associates of Delaware
Dr. Ronald F. Feinberg is one of the Founding Partners of Reproductive Associates of Delaware, where he serves as Medical Director of IVF Programs.
Jamie Grifo, M.D. | Professor and Program Director, NYU Fertility Center, NYU Medical Center, New York, NY
Dr. Jamie Grifo is the Program Director of the New York University (NYU) Fertility Center and since 1995 has been the Director of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology at the NYU School of Medicine.
Benjamin M. Lannon, M.D. | Specialist in Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility Boston IVF, Waltham, MA
Dr. Benjamin Lannon, a Reproductive Endocrinologist and infertility specialist, joined Boston IVF in July, 2011.
Arthur Leader, M.D., F.R.C.S.C. | Medical Director Ottawa Fertility Centre
Dr. Arthur Leader has dedicated his life to the reproductive care of the infertile, with a particular interest in assisted human reproduction; he co-founded the IVF program at the Foothills Hospital in 1983.
Marie-Claude Léveillé, Ph.D. | Director of Embryology, Ottawa Fertility Centre
Dr. Marie-Claude Léveillé completed a Bachelor of Science degree in Biochemistry and then earned her PhD in Clinical Sciences, both at the University of Montreal.
Alan M. Penzias, M.D. | Boston IVF Surgical Director & Reproductive Endocrinologist
Dr. Alan S. Penzias is an Associate Professor at the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts, Director of the Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility Fellowship at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, Massachusetts and Surgical Director of Boston IVF.
"Most reproductive [centers] now offer special financing packages, [such as] discounts for multiple I.V.F. cycles paid upfront, or options to have part of the fee refunded if you don’t become pregnant...Univfy, a company that [provides] I.V.F. prediction tests, has recently introduced a free online "I.V.F. cost calculator" that uses your probability of becoming pregnant to help you compare the cost of different financing options."
"Univfy’s prediction models actually show more than 60 percent of the women who use them have a higher probability of IVF success than their age-based estimates alone suggest.....I’m Ms. Prepared, so I like the idea of being realistic about what your chances of getting pregnant might be, because IVF always seems to be the great unknown."
"More than seven million people struggle with infertility in this country. Treatments are now widely available, but they can cost tens of thousands of dollars. Now a company based in Los Altos is offering women a personalized predictor of their chances of success with IVF."
"Many women in their late 30s and beyond turn to IVF, usually with little sense of whether the physically demanding and expensive treatments are likely to work. Services like Univfy are trying to help women understand their own fertility better....[Univfy] draws on detailed data from a five-year study of IVF patients and other predictive models to provide personalized information about an individual’s likelihood of conception."