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Lea von Bidder Ava
Founded 2014
Employees 25
Funding $12.3 million

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About Ava

Ava is a fertility tracking bracelet that uses groundbreaking new technology to detect an average of 5.3 fertile days per menstrual cycle in real time, doubling a woman’s chances of conceiving. No other method of fertility tracking provides as many in-cycle fertile days. 

With Ava, the work of fertility tracking—which disproportionately falls to women—is radically reduced. There is no longer any need to take temperature at the same time every morning, go through multiple urine tests each month, nor enter data into an app every day. Because Ava detects physiological signs of ovulation days in advance, couples can relax and enjoy the journey to conception.

How Ava Works

Worn only at night, the Ava bracelet collects more than three million data points and measures nine physiological parameters. In addition to information about their fertility status, Ava provides users with health insights on sleep, stress and resting heart rate. It can be used before, during, and after pregnancy.

Ava completed a year-long clinical study at the University Hospital of Zurich under the lead of Prof. Dr. Brigitte Leeners, the leading expert on the mathematical modeling of menstrual cycles. Ava was found to identify an average of 5.3 fertile days per cycle with an accuracy of 89 percent.

The results of the study were presented in June 2016 at the Swiss Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Congress and will be presented in October 2016 at the German Society of Obstetrics and Gynecology Annual Congress. Bayer, the leading women’s health company, is sponsoring Ava’s presentations.

Our scientific research paper will be submitted in summer 2016. We expect it to be published by a leading peer-reviewed journal in reproductive health by the end of 2016.

Learn more about the science behind Ava.

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Founders

Lea von Bidder Ava

Lea von Bidder

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.

Pascal Koenig Ava

Pascal Koenig

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 prices for his projects and was named one of the 300 most influential Swiss 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.

Peter Stein Ava

Peter Stein

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 of high tech organizations at University of St. Gallen. He is member of the American Society of Reproduction Medicine (ASRM).

Philipp Tholen Ava

Philipp Tholen

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.