Fertility for the 21st Century

Technology is making our lives easier than ever before. With one tap, we can call a car to pick us up, order dinner, or share a photo. But when it comes to issues that specifically impact women, we’re often stuck in the last century. Fertility tracking is one of these issues.

The fertility tracking industry hasn’t seen any true innovation in decades. Most of the new products on the market are just fancy ways to track temperature, a method that’s been around since the 1920’s.  

Meet Ava

We built Ava because we believe that women deserve a more modern method of tracking their fertility. They deserve accurate, reliable data about when they’re ovulating, delivered in a way that’s convenient and non-invasive. Most of all, women and men both deserve to enjoy the baby-making process in as carefree a way as possible.

Meet the People Behind Ava

The people behind Ava share a commitment to transform the technology of women’s health. We’re motivated by watching couple’s lives change for the better after using our product. Every single one of us is ridiculously enthusiastic about bringing Ava to women around the world.

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Lea von Bidder
Lea von BidderPresident Ava Science and VP Marketing
Lea co-founded L’inouï, a premium chocolate production and retail chain in Bangalore, India. She holds a Master’s degree in global entrepreneurship from EM Lyon in France, Zhejiang University in China and Purdue Krannert University in the USA. She obtained her Bachelor’s degree from the University of St.Gallen and HEC Montréal in Canada. In between her studies, Lea worked for the marketing division of Procter & Gamble in Frankfurt and for a strategy-consulting boutique in Paris.
Prof. Dr. med. Brigitte Leeners
Prof. Dr. med. Brigitte LeenersScientific Advisory Board
After medical studies at the University of Aachen/Germany, Prof. Leeners became a senior physician at the University of Zurich/Switzerland. One of her main research topics is mathematical modelling of the menstrual cycle. Prof. Leeners’ research has been published in leading publications in the field of gynecology and reproduction medicine around the world. Prof. Leeners has been strongly involved in the scientific studies of Ava, and joined the scientific advisory board in 2015.
Marta Caprio, PhD
Marta Caprio, PhDSenior Data Scientist
Marta studied physics at the University Federico II of Naples/Italy. After her MSc she moved to Switzerland to complete her studies with a PhD in statistical seismology at ETH Zurich. During the PhD she gained proficiency in signal processing and multivariate statistics. Moreover she developed algorithms to estimate the seismic magnitude in real time, focusing on the evaluation of a worldwide valid relationship between seismic magnitude and macroseismic intensity. After the PhD Marta worked as a consultant, before joining the Ava data science team in 2015.
Lisa Falco, PhD
Lisa Falco, PhDVP Data Science
After an MSc in Engineering Physics from Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg/Sweden, Lisa did a PhD in biomedical signal processing at EPFL in Lausanne/Switzerland and was a visiting researcher at Harvard Medical School in Boston/US. Lisa worked in the algorithm and signal processing teams of Solianis (non-invasive measurement of blood sugar) and Scanco Medical (microcomputed tomography scanners). Lisa is the author of several patents and has presented scientific results at various international conferences.
Peter Stein
Peter SteinVP R&D
Peter has spent the last 10 years building up high-tech ventures. Before Ava he co-founded greenTEG, where he developed various sensor solutions for OEM customers. Prior to that, he built up the renewable energy project developer sol-E Suisse as CTO. He holds several patents and has received various startup and technology awards. Peter studied mechanical engineering at ETH Zurich and holds an executive diploma in management from the University of St. Gallen. He is member of the American Society of Reproduction Medicine (ASRM).
Prof. Dr. Elena Gates
Prof. Dr. Elena GatesMedical Advisor
Prof. Dr. Elena Gates is a general obstetrician and gynecologist at the UCSF Obstetrics & Gynecology faculty practice at Mission Bay, which Gates was responsible for opening in 2011. Gates serves as vice chair of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at UCSF. She graduated from the University of California, San Diego School of Medicine and completed a residency in obstetrics and gynecology at UCSF. She joined Ava’s scientific advisory board in 2016 and advises Ava on medical topics in the US.
Lindsay Meisel
Lindsay MeiselHead of Content
Lindsay has spent the past eight years working with companies to better communicate who they are and what they do. An experienced writer with a Bachelor’s in rhetoric from UC Berkeley, she has worked at an energy policy think tank, an advertising agency, and multiple startups. Before Ava, she was the head of Seattle content at Sosh, which was acquired by Postmates.
Philipp Tholen
Philipp TholenVP Operations
Philipp has a bachelor degree in mechanical and process engineering and a master’s degree in Management, Technology and Economics, both from ETH Zurich. He started his career at an international corporation active in injection molding solutions. After two years, Philipp took over responsibility of the medical division. In 2011, Philipp became managing director of the company’s business in South Africa. After three years in Johannesburg, Philipp joined the Ava team. He is currently building up production and logistics.
Renate Schreiber
Renate SchreiberChair of the Board
Until 2015, Renate Schreiber was CEO of Medela Group, a leader in breastfeeding products and medical vacuum solutions with distribution in more than 90 countries. Her global network to key opinion leaders, experience in women’s health, and the track record to build high-growth medical device companies is highly relevant to make Ava a global success. Renate has studied at the University of St. Gallen / Switzerland and Harvard Business School / USA. She joined Ava’s board of directors at the end of 2015.
Evangelia Mouriki
Evangelia MourikiElectrical Engineering and Operations
Evangelia has a masters’ degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the National Technical University of Athens/Greece. Her specialization is electronics and systems. Currently she is completing her second masters’ degree in Management Technology and Economics at ETH Zurich/Switzerland. Evangelia has started to work for Ava at the beginning of 2016, where she brings in her know-how in electrical engineering, firmware, and production. She also takes part in the optimization of the supply chain and the quality management system.
Eliane Galbussera
Eliane GalbusseraQuality Manager, Regulatory Affairs Manager and Supply Chain
Eliane holds a Degree in Chemistry with a major in Bioengineering from Zurich University of Applied Sciences. During her professional career she worked as a Quality Manager for several pharma and medical device companies. Eliane holds an IRCA Lead Auditor certificate, and carries out ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 third party audits for Bureau Veritas. Eliane joined the Ava team at the beginning of 2016, where she is responsible for quality management, regulatory and the supply chain.
Benedikt Baumgartner, PhD
Benedikt Baumgartner, PhDVP Software
Benedikt has an Master in electrical engineering and a PhD in computer science, both from TU München / Germany. During his PhD Benedikt worked on the automation of cardiac devices and algorithms for robust patient monitoring in close collaboration with healthcare professionals. Benedikt is the author of several publications and presented his results at various international conferences. Before joining Ava in October 2015, Benedikt worked as a product manager for Biotronik, one of the world’s leading manufacturers of cardio- and endovascular medical devices.
Abby Grills
Abby GrillsProduct Manager
Abby is experienced in the wearable tech industry, coming to Ava from Moov where she led the global release of Moov Now, the company’s second generation fitness wearable. Abby holds a Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Santa Clara University. During her education she worked on several projects including a net-zero energy house and a bike wheel replacement which converts bikes to electric.
Pascal Koenig
Pascal KoenigCEO
Pascal has worked in wearable tech for more than ten years. He built up smartwatch company Limmex and research company Smartwatch Group. Pascal won various international prizes for his projects and was named one of the 300 most influential Swiss persons by the Swiss business magazine Bilan. Pascal has studied at the University of St. Gallen and Columbia Business School. Before focusing on wearable technologies, he worked as a product manager at medtech company Synthes and as a business consultant at McKinsey.
Tansu Philip
Tansu PhilipCustomer Happiness Manager
Tansu Philip graduated with honors from Chapman University this past May. With a B.A. in Political Science and B.F.A. in Television and Broadcast Journalism, Tansu has worked under comedian Conan O’Brien and radio personality Ryan Seacrest, as well as hosting a radio show and writing a food blog of her own. After spending a semester abroad in Prague, Czech Republic, Tansu knew she wanted to work for an international company. Ava is the third start-up she has helped launch. Her diverse background has given her great experience with all sorts of people, which makes her the ideal candidate for ensuring all our customers stay happy.
Vladimir Tomovic
Vladimir TomovicQA Engineer
Vladimir holds a Bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering from the School of Computing in Belgrade. In his bachelor thesis he developed an Android application for fall detection. During his professional career he worked as a backend developer for a large video platform and also developed a reporting system for a financial company with over 3 million customers using PHP, Oracle databases and javascript. Vladimir works as a QA engineer for Ava since March 2016.
Patricia Wassmer
Patricia WassmerVisual Designer
Patricia is a graphic designer. After her formal education she has worked in various agencies in the fields of graphic design, illustration and textile design. Patricia is currently doing the Foundation Course for Arts at the Basel School of Design in Switzerland. Patricia has joined Ava in 2015 and leads the design activities of the company, both offline and online. Besides work and education, she does her own private projects such as designing prints, painting, illustration, and screen printing.
Florian Kübler
Florian KüblerVP Clinical Affairs
Florian holds a Master in Human Movement Science from ETH Zürich. He completed his master thesis in the area of thermoregulation, and worked in this field as a Project Associate at the renowned Swiss Institute of Material Science (Empa). Besides, Florian worked at Schulthess Klinik in the area of performance diagnostics and has profound knowledge in exercise physiology. Florian has a certificate in Good Clinical Practice (GCP) and heads clinical affairs at Ava.
Andres Vargas Lugo, PhD
Andres Vargas Lugo, PhDSenior Data Scientist
After a master’s degree in Nano Science from TU Delft/Netherlands and one in Molecular Bio Engineering from TU Dresden/Germany, Andres did a PhD in Physics at ETH Zurich/Switzerland. At ETH he studied the optical properties of carbon nanotubes at cryogenic temperatures. After his work in academia, he directed his career into data science, combining two of his passions: programming and statistics. At Ava, Andres works on data structuring, Bayesian-based anomaly detection, and constant optimization of algorithms.
Sharee Loeffler
Sharee LoefflerHead of Digital Marketing & Growth
Sharee is a digital marketer seasoned in startups. Prior to joining Ava she spearheaded growth at mobile startups in social, dating, and most recently mHealth. Sharee obtained her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration with an option in Marketing from California State University San Marcos and graduated from Mucker Lab’s startup accelerator program in Santa Monica in 2013.
Blagoje Ignjatovic
Blagoje IgnjatovicBackend Developer
Blagoje studied Computer Science at the School of Computing in Belgrade. In his thesis he created a software for time and attendance tracking with access control. Blagoje has 4 years of experience in professional Java development, working on projects for Bosch, VW and others and has an in-depth knowledge of web and database technologies. He joined Ava in November 2015 as a backend ninja.
Laura Borel
Laura BorelAdvisor
Laura is an experienced entrepreneur and operator in the field of health wearables. She sold her first company to Jawbone where she lead the companies largest software release and then headed their eCommerce platform. Most recently she was the Director of Product for a minimally invasive glucose monitoring company. Laura has a BA in Human Biology and an M.S. in Management, Science and Engineering from Stanford University. She was recently named Forbes 30 under 30.
Branislav Negoicic
Branislav NegoicicFirmware Developer
Branislav holds a Master’s degree in electrical engineering from the University of Belgrade. After his studies he worked as a hardware and firmware engineer in the area of electronic meter design. Later he focused on software development and, among other projects, worked on ARM emulators on MIPS-based systems. Branislav has more than 4 years of experience in professional firmware development. He joined Ava in April 2016.

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