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Mylene W. M. Yao, M.D., Co-founder and CEO, Univfy Fertility Prediction

Dr. Mylene W. M. Yao is Co-founder and CEO of Univfy Inc., a company that develops personalized prognostics for fertility patients and physicians. In her previous roles as National Institute of Health (NIH)-funded principal investigator and faculty at Stanford University, Dr. Yao, together with her scientific collaborator and co-founder Professor Wing H. Wong, and their research teams, developed IVF prediction models that could personalize success rates for IVF patients. She co-founded Univfy Inc. to translate that research into user-friendly online prediction tests to bring personalized prediction to patients and doctors.

Dr. Yao has over fifteen years of experience in research in reproductive medicine, and embryo and uterine biology with publications in clinical and basic science research journals, including Fertility and Sterility, the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Molecular Endocrinology, Developmental Biology, and Molecular Systems Biology.

Dr Yao received her medical degree from the University of Toronto, Canada, in 1993, and completed her residency training in obstetrics and gynecology at McGill University, Montreal, Canada, in 1998. She received her clinical subspecialty training in reproductive endocrinology and infertility and post-doctoral training in development biology in the laboratory of Dr Richard L Maas, at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard University, Boston, MA, in 1998–2001. In 2003, she joined the faculty at Stanford University to lead basic science research on early embryo development.

Dr Yao was recipient of the following research awards: the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology/Ortho-McNeil Pharmaceutical Academic Training Fellowship Award, 2000; American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM)/National Institute of Child Health and Development/Reproductive Scientist Development Program (RSDP) Research Award, 2002; ASRM/Organon Research Award 2003; NIH/NICHD Women’s Reproductive Health Research Fellowship, 2005; NIH-R01, 2008; and Coulter-Stanford Translational Research Award, 2009.


a blog by Mylene Yao, M.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Univfy, Inc., July 16, 2013

My last IVF did not work; is it time to try a donor egg cycle? I did IVF last year and now I am 40; is it too late for another IVF cycle? If you are asking yourself these questions, you can use your current personal medical information and data from your past IVF cycles for a more personalized prediction of whether your next IVF cycle is likely to work. You can access this test online or at your doctor’s office.

a blog by Mylene Yao, M.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Univfy, Inc., July 14, 2013

My last IVF didn’t work should I try IVF again? I had a child with IVF but it has been a few years; what are my chances of pregnancy with IVF now?

a blog by Mylene Yao, M.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Univfy, Inc., May 13, 2013

In the first two posts, we looked at ovarian factors and sperm factors that impact your chance of becoming pregnant with IVF. In this post, we’ll examine other non-reproductive system fertility factors that can affect your personal probability of getting pregnant with IVF.

a blog by Mylene Yao, M.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Univfy, Inc., May 7, 2013

In the previous post, we talked about ovarian fertility factors that must be considered together to get a complete picture of whether you are likely to become pregnant with IVF. Your ovarian reserve and your previous response to gonadotropins, along with your chronological age are all contributors to your fertility. With so much emphasis on the female, we should not forget the male side of things. We also need healthy sperm to create healthy embryos.

a blog by Mylene Yao, M.D., CEO and Co-Founder, Univfy, Inc., April 29, 2013

You may find yourself at a crossroads in your infertility treatment and wishing for a crystal ball that can show you the future and point you down the right path. Should you try a first or second IVF? How likely are you to get pregnant with your own eggs? Should you consider the option of donor eggs?


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