17 Game-Changing Health Start-ups

OvaScience
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OvaScience

This start-up, which was co-founded by several Ph.Ds from the Boston-based healthcare VC fund Longwood Fund and Harvard Medical School, launched in 2011 and is using patented technology to increase the success rate of in vitro fertilization by improving the quality of eggs with the help of a woman’s own cellular energy. OvaScience is keeping the lid on how the technology works, but will be launching a “pivotal” clinical study this year at leading IVF centers. In the U.S. infertility affects more than 7.3 million women or one in eight couples of childbearing age.