Mount Sinai Spinout OOVA, Inc. Partners with Thorne Research to Bring Fertility Mapping Tool to the Home
Diagnostic device company OOVA, Inc., a Mount Sinai Health System spinout, is piloting a fertility monitoring tool through a partnership with Thorne Research. The partnership will make OOVA’s innovative product available to more than 3 million potential customers and 35,000 clinicians through bundled sales with Thorne supplements.
OOVA’s technology offers a novel approach for women to measure and monitor the concentration of luteinizing hormone and progesterone, two key fertility markers.
“In a precise and meaningful way, women can acquire and monitor results in real time. They will have access to personalized reproductive health data,” said Jerome Scelza, Co-Founder and CTO of OOVA.
The at-home, consumer-friendly diagnostic tool merges biotechnology with machine learning in a simple two-part process: 1) The amounts of key hormones present in a urine sample are measured through a paper-based test strip embedded with innovative biochemistry. 2) Through artificial intelligence, the test strip is scanned and interpreted using the camera of a smartphone. By collecting reliable and accurate data, OOVA will track daily hormone levels to predict peak fertility, monitor changes over time, and provide goal-based recommendations.
“[OOVA] is empowering patients to take control over their own fertility. This product combines technological innovation and human behavior to meet an unmet demand in the market,” said Alan Copperman, MD, Director, Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility, and Vice Chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science at the Mount Sinai Health System. “The technology is a sophisticated, direct-to-consumer test with widespread partnership opportunity and potential for impact.”
The company’s technology also serves as a prognostic tool for fertility issues and polycystic ovary syndrome, as well as a detection tool for cycle management, post-pregnancy menstrual assessment, and pre-menopause.
“This is one of the first products in the field of personalized, precision women’s health,” said Joel Dudley, PhD, Director, Mount Sinai Institute for Next Generation Healthcare and Vice President for Precision Health at Mount Sinai Health System. “While the platform started in fertility, the core technology can be applied in many different areas.”
The OOVA team is made up of colleagues from the Institute for Next Generation Healthcare (INGH) at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. Led by Dr. Dudley, this environment fosters interdisciplinary research between career biologists, data scientists and engineers to stimulate ideas like the technology behind this product. OOVA expects to launch in the third quarter of this year, with Dr. Dudley as the company’s Chief Scientific Advisor.
“Our main mission is to help women and families by creating a brand of trust,” said Aparna (Amy) Divaraniya, PhD, Co-Founder and CEO. “Women’s bodies shouldn’t be a black box. Our technology gives women the means to take control of their health.”
About OOVA, Inc.
OOVA is a fertility diagnostic company that spun out from Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. Using innovative biochemistry and artificial intelligence, OOVA learns a woman’s fertility profile by accurately measuring key hormones through daily urine samples. By monitoring this critical balance of hormones, OOVA can help a woman get pregnant, identify reasons she is having trouble getting pregnant, and even expose reproductive health issues including polycystic ovarian syndrome, all with the accuracy of a clinic in the comfort of her own home.
About Mount Sinai Institute for Next Generation Healthcare
The Mount Sinai Institute for Next Generation Healthcare is a new model of research, innovation and market delivery founded in 2016 to expedite and help shape the impending revolution in healthcare. Our vision of next generation healthcare harnesses cutting edge science, technology and analytics to enhance the health and vitality of people everywhere.
About the Mount Sinai Health System
The Mount Sinai Health System is New York City's largest integrated delivery system, encompassing eight hospitals, a leading medical school, and a vast network of ambulatory practices throughout the greater New York region. Mount Sinai's vision is to produce the safest care, the highest quality, the highest satisfaction, the best access and the best value of any health system in the nation. The Health System includes approximately 7,480 primary and specialty care physicians; 11 joint-venture ambulatory surgery centers; more than 410 ambulatory practices throughout the five boroughs of New York City, Westchester, Long Island, and Florida; and 31 affiliated community health centers. The Icahn School of Medicine is one of three medical schools that have earned distinction by multiple indicators: ranked in the top 20 by U.S. News & World Report's "Best Medical Schools", aligned with a U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" Hospital, No. 12 in the nation for National Institutes of Health funding, and among the top 10 most innovative research institutions as ranked by the journal Nature in its Nature Innovation Index. This reflects a special level of excellence in education, clinical practice, and research. The Mount Sinai Hospital is ranked No. 18 on U.S. News & World Report's "Honor Roll" of top U.S. hospitals; it is one of the nation's top 20 hospitals in Cardiology/Heart Surgery, Gastroenterology/GI Surgery, Geriatrics, Nephrology, and Neurology/Neurosurgery, and in the top 50 in six other specialties in the 2018-2019 "Best Hospitals" issue. Mount Sinai's Kravis Children's Hospital also is ranked nationally in five out of ten pediatric specialties by U.S. News & World Report. The New York Eye and Ear Infirmary of Mount Sinai is ranked 11th nationally for Ophthalmology and 44th for Ear, Nose, and Throat. Mount Sinai Beth Israel, Mount Sinai St. Luke's, Mount Sinai West, and South Nassau Communities Hospital are ranked regionally.