The Patient is at the Center of everything we do: by providing education and price transparency, extraordinary clinical expertise, and proprietary clinical solutions we’ll ensure patients control their fertility journey and achieve their best possible outcome.

The Patient is at the Center of Everything We Do

The Patient
is at the Center
of Everything We Do

Progyny's employer benefit plans provide innovative care built to support healthy families. The Progyny suite of smart fertility services allows employers to provide the most effective treatment options to their employees, the first time - saving time, money, and preventing unnecessary risk.
IVFAdvantage is the only direct-to-consumer IVF bundled treatment plan developed by patients for patients, providing negotiated rates with the option to finance. With hundreds of locations across the US, IVFAdvantage plans help make IVF treatment cycles more affordable.
EggBanxx is the first direct-to-consumer national network of fertility doctors specializing in egg freezing for fertility preservation. EggBanxx Egg Freezing Parties have captured the attention of the media, while normalizing the conversation and making information gathering fun and smart. Plans come with the ability to finance and save 15% off of clinic pricing.
The Eeva test is the first and only FDA-cleared test to aid in embryo selection. It was designed to provide your IVF team with reliable, objective information to select embryos with greater confidence as they strive to do everything possible to improve your odds of a successful pregnancy.
Launched in 2009, is a comprehensive, interactive online network for those seeking fertility and treatment information, advice, referrals and consultation.
With more than 68,000 members & more than 4 million posts, FertileThoughts is the world's largest social media site driven by user-generated content and organic traffic. The FT community is over 17 years old and still going strong.

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About Us

Progyny is the first company to provide fertility patients with easy accessibility to high quality doctors, price transparency, and financing, coupled with extraordinary clinical expertise and proprietary clinical solutions. We are committed to helping ensure that patients control their fertility journey and achieve the best possible outcome. Our all-inclusive digital platform guides patients through the fertility health journey and empowers them to select from an elite network of fertility doctors offering exclusive pricing, build a customized fertility health plan and make a purchase with the ease of a few clicks. Patients are able to select plan options including elective egg freezing, IVF treatment options, and the Eeva™ Test.

Our portfolio includes:

  • Eeva Test, a non-invasive time-lapse imaging system to consistently and objectively assess early embryo development milestones.
  • IVFAdvantage, Progyny's no-restriction IVF package plan, offers bundled treatment plans with pricing transparency, scheduling assistance, and preferred appointment times at top clinics across the country.
  • EggBanxx, is on a mission to empower young, professional women to take charge of their reproductive health. EggBanxx provides women with affordable and accessible egg freezing options through its network of 116 fertility doctors across the United States.
  •, the country’s leading patient-matching technology platform serving the fertility industry through education, patient support, pricing transparency and financing.

Our Team

Gina Bartasi
Chief Executive Officer

A seasoned entrepreneur, Gina brings more than 20 years of experience to with a proven track record of building new business ideas from the ground up. Gina has launched several key brands and websites with a focus on financial performance and profitability. Her latest business endeavor,, is on a mission to empower young, professional women to take charge of their reproductive health. EggBanxx provides women with affordable and accessible egg freezing options through its network of 116 fertility doctors across the United States. Gina supports Sandberg’s “Lean In” movement and adds, “Lean In, but Freeze First”.

Prior to FertilityAuthority and EggBanxx, Gina was the founder and chairman of The Leader Publishing Group, a magazine publishing firm in Atlanta, GA where she was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Metro Atlanta Chamber's Small Business Person of the Year finalist and a finalist for Woman of the Year in Technology. Gina received her BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

Karin Ajmani
President, Healthcare Services

Bringing a multitude of specialty health and managed care experience, Karin is leading Progyny’s employer and consumer benefits products. Her mission is to expand employer coverage of infertility services by providing a smart solution that is a “win/win” for patients, employers and physicians. Prior to joining Progyny, Karin was Chief Executive Officer of US Imaging, a national radiology specialty health company assisting health plans and self-insured employers to provide education and access to cost-effective high-tech imaging testing for their members. Previously, Karin was Chief Executive Officer of CarePlus Health Plan, a Medicaid managed care plan in New York, where she led the organization from inception in 1996 through its sale in 2005 to the Amerigroup Corporation. Karin is a Crain’s NY Business “40 Under 40” honoree, and served as Chairman of Metro NY Young Presidents Organization (YPO), where she was awarded the YPO International Education award. Karin also serves on the boards of Pacific Child and Family, a national autism provider services company, and Citra Health, a leading healthcare technology and services company. Karin received her BA from the University of Pittsburgh, and her MPH from Columbia University in Healthcare Policy and Management.

Gary Harton
Group Senior Vice President, Commercial Development

After 20+ years serving in both clinical laboratory and management positions, Dr. Gary Harton began his commercial career performing Business Development and Market Development roles with two prominent genetics companies. Gary has been involved in a number of exciting breakthroughs in the field of reproductive genetics including performing the first clinical preimplantation genetic diagnosis (PGD) for an autosomal dominant disease (Marfan syndrome) and performing the first clinical PGD for spinal muscular atrophy (SMA).

Gary is certified by the American Board of Bioanalysis (ABB) as a Technical Supervisor, in Molecular Diagnostics and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) as well as the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), and Preimplantation Genetic Diagnosis International Society. He received his Bachelor of Science degree from James Madison University and his Ph.D. at the University of Kent, Canterbury, UK.

Robin McCarthy
Senior Vice President, Marketing

Robin has over 12 years of online marketing experience, with the last 8 focused exclusively on performance marketing. She has provided strategy and management of marketing initiatives for Fortune 500 clients including Walmart, 3M, Siemens, Citrix, Hilton Hotels, Integramed and others. She currently serves on the Advisory board for Affiliate Summit, the industry’s most attended networking event and tradeshow with over 5,000 attendees and is active member of the Performance Marketing Association. Her work while at the NYC Social Media agency, Converseon, won a 2011 Digiday Sammy Award for online engagement and socialization.

Shehua Shen, M.D
Vice President, Medical and Scientific Affairs

Shehua has over 18 years of experience in the field of in vitro fertilization (IVF) and has worked with IVF Programs at the Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island/Brown University Medical School, the Brigham and Women’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School and the University of Washington. Before joining Progyny, she was an Associate Professor in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences, and Director of the Embryology Laboratory at University of California, San Francisco from 2000 to 2010.

Shehua received her M.D. at Second Military Medical University in Shanghai and is an active member of the American Society of Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society of Human Reproduction and Embryology (ESHRE), and the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).

Ann Gaines
Vice President, Sales

Ann has over 20 years experience in high level sales with a broad background in digital, print, online, pharmaceutical and real estate sales. Her number one goal is creating remarkable customer experiences while generating revenue. She enjoys working in the dynamic environment of a start-up and continuously strives to build long-lasting business relationships. Ann enjoys cooking, travel, volunteering in her community and running to decompress. She has a B.S. degree from Valparaiso University.

Frank Kessler
Vice President, Technology

Frank has over 10 years of experience developing dynamic content driven web sites. Mostly gaining experience by developing his own sites in an entrepreneurial fashion, he has gained extensive knowledge across all facets of web development including system administration. In addition to Frank's technology skills, he graduated from Binghamton University with a BS in Business Management with concentrations in Finance and Management Info Systems. After college Frank attained an MBA, also at Binghamton, with concentrations in Marketing and Operations Management. In his free time, you can find him on the golf course.

Edison Manuel
Vice President, Operations

Edison has over 30 years experience and held several senior level positions with the last 19 years focused on medical device ranging from robotics, RF ablation systems and motion hand-held laparoscopic instruments. He brings extensive experience in operations from start up manufacturing into full commercial release, program management, factory integration and consolidation, strategic outsourcing and key supplier partnerships. Previously, Edison was Vice President of Manufacturing Operations at Stellartech Research Corp. Prior to that, he was Vice President of Operations at Novare Surgical Systems for 4 years. He held several senior level positions at RITA Medical Systems (acquired by AngioDynamics, Inc.) and Computer Motion (acquired by Intuitive Surgical, Inc.). Mr. Manuel received a BS degree in Management and Industrial Engineering at Mapua Institute of Technology, Manila, Philippines.

Jay Palumbo
Vice President, Patient Care

Jay is a freelance writer, infertility activist and a proud IVF mom. Her writing has been featured in such places as The Huffington Post, XOJane, Crain’s NY Business Magazine, Skirt! Magazine, and of course, Fertility Authority. Her blog, The 2 Week Wait, shares both her sense of humor and personal struggle with her own journey to get pregnant. She has brought her wit, compassion and eagerness to help those who are going through fertility treatment to her Director of Patient Care Role with Fertility Authority. Jay received a BA from Binghamton University.

Bhavi Trivedi
Patient Care Advocate

Bhavi has more than 13 years experience working at fertility clinics as an office manager, financial counselor/coordinator and team leader. She was diagnosed with PCOS at age 16, and has been seeing an endocrinologist for hormonal balancing since. As a Patient Care Advocate, she enjoys sharing her personal and professional experiences with women looking to build their families. Bhavi is married and a mom to an energetic 4-year-old.

Brandi Guthrie
Senior Sales Executive

Brandi has five years of sales experience with the majority of her time spent in the medical device and specialty lab space. She brings her enthusiasm for the women’s health industry and customer relations skills to the Progyny team. She received her BA in Marketing from Florida Atlantic University. Outside of the office, Brandi enjoys her time cooking, writing and being outdoors.

Brian Leonard
East Coast Sales Director

Brian has worked within the In Vitro Fertilization (IVF) industry for over a decade in a variety of different areas. After working as a Senior Embryologist at Abington Reproductive Medicine and Princeton IVF, Brian served as the Staff Embryologist & Product Manager at Origio for 8+ years. Brian comes to Progyny with years of IVF Equipment, Consumables, and Genetic Screening sales experience with specialized focus on Vitrification, Culture Media, and PGS/PGD. Brian received his B.S in Biology from Pennsylvania State University and is a member of the American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM), the European Society Human Reproductive & Embryology (ESHRE), and the American Association of Bioanalysts (AAB).

Carmen Ionescu
Customer Service Specialist

Carmen is currently System Administrator for Progyny’s cloud-based CRM and Customer Service Specialist for all things Eeva, the first and only FDA-cleared test to aid in embryo selection. She is passionate about being a part of a team that is dedicated to helping provide women the resources they need in their fertility journey.

Carolyn Jones
Document Control Analyst

Carolyn has been with us for more than three years. She has many years in Quality, specifically in Document Control. She brings a wealth of knowledge, positivity and determination. Her ideal situation is that we get it done and get it done painlessly following our SOPs.

Cassidy Kahn
Marketing Assistant

A homegrown New Yorker; Cassidy Kahn grew up in Manhattan. She has her MPH from Indiana University where she was also a NCAA division 1 athlete. Since 2009, she has been involved in the health field where she marketed and promoted MRSA awareness and infection prevention on numerous occasions. Growing up with a family of marketing executives, marketing is in her blood. Outside of work she enjoys spending time with Labrador Retriever, Tuck, and her niece and nephews, doing arts and crafts, and being active.

Dan Bulger

Dan is a native of Long Island, NY and has been sharing stories through video for over 10 years. Since 2012 he has focused his lens at the health care industry creating educational and informational pieces on medical professionals, new procedures, and other aspects of the industry. Prior to Progyny he worked as in-house videographer for a Diagnostics and Education company in Astoria, NY. When not working he enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, reading, and playing basketball.

Dani Gilbert
Clinical Development Support

Performs cross-functional, product development support for Medical & Scientific Affairs group, Software & Hardware Engineering group, Clinical Operations, Biomedical Research, Marketing and Quality Assurance while managing in-house testing lab. Californian native who enjoys soccer, running, SUP and family.

Daniel Koppel
Principal Computer Vision Scientist

Dan obtained his PhD in Computer Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, where his research focus was computer vision (ego-motion estimation and 3D reconstruction). Dan's past industry experience includes medical imaging (automated cancer-lesion detection for endoscopy), video understanding/enhancement for UAV applications, and development of perception systems for robotics platforms (self-driving commercial mining trucks). Prior to coming to Progyny, Dan worked at Google (Book Search), where he developed infrastructure related to book scanning quality control. When not involved with work, Dan enjoys reading about world history and the history of science and math, playing the violin, and (time-permitting) traveling to interesting countries.

Dave Falco
Creative Director

Dave is a creative director and designer with over 25 years experience in many fields of design. He has a focus in e-commerce and email conversion and has a strong background in print design, having worked as a typesetter, graphic designer and prepress operator. He enjoys teaching designers, and helping them refine their skills, expand into new areas and reach their creative potential.

Dave started out as a photographer after receiving his BFA from School of Visual Arts in New York. He still enjoys shooting film and working in the darkroom. Dave experienced IVF first hand and has a wonderful son, Jake, as a result.

Dennis de Jesus
Senior IT Administrator

Dennis is a native of Hoboken N.J. and has been in the IT industry for more than 15 years. Since about 2000 he has been working Primarily as an IT Consultant and Technician. Prior to Joining Progyny he worked as a Network Field Engineer for an IT consulting company that serviced clients in the Financial and Medical fields. When not working, he likes catching up on TV shows, spending time with his kids, riding bikes with them and playing sports.

Elena Zubkov
Senior Software Engineer

Elena has over 15 years of experience developing software for semiconductor and medical devices companies. Her experience includes developing complex real-time software solutions including user interface, computer graphics, networking, internationalization, database, algorithms, statistical and diagnostics software. Elena received her MS in Computer Science from the Kiev National University in Ukraine.

Eliana Gordon
Social Media Marketing Manager

Eliana joined the Progyny team with 6 years of consumer product marketing experience. Prior to this role, she worked in the organic products industry honing her skills in social media marketing and event planning. Eliana has a BS in Marketing from the Sy Syms School of Business. Outside of work, Eliana enjoys reading, cooking, and outdoor adventures.

Evelyn Menor
Sr. Manufacturing Technician

More than 18 years in manufacturing in the fields of fiber optics and medical device industries. Held positions as a supervisor, QA tech., and manufacturing technician.

Iljong Lee
Sr. Systems Engineer

Integrate mechanical, optical, and electrical systems. Research and develop next generation microscopes. Improve the current products and maintain mechanical design systems.

Jeff Pogany
Senior Director, Provider Network and Operations

Jeff Pogany brings almost a decade of managed care experience within provider network contracting to the Progyny team. He supports the expansion and growth of Progyny’s employer and direct to consumer benefits coverage of infertility services. Jeff’s primary focus will be building and maintaining positive relationships within Progyny’s network of high quality IVF clinics around the country. Prior to joining Progyny, Jeff was Director of Network Contracting at UnitedHealthcare and the Chief of Staff in Provider Contracting at Anthem, both in the New York metro market. Outside of work Jeff runs competitively, hikes, and plays hockey. He is a devoted husband and a proud father to a daughter who was born through surrogacy.

Joe Fitt
Senior Sales Executive

Joe joins the Progyny team with five years of sales and healthcare industry experience, most recently working in the specialty pharmacy industry as a corporate accounts manager. Prior to this role, he worked with HMOs, clinical staff, and post-acute care facilities to coordinate patient discharges for one of the largest hospital systems in New York. Joe has a BA with majors in Economics and Philosophy from the University of Delaware, graduating as a General Honors Award recipient in 2010. Outside of work, Joe enjoys running, golfing, and writing music.

Joe Skinner
Front End Developer

Joe Skinner is a native New Yorker, growing up in Staten Island. He has been doing Web Development since 2006, receiving a Computer Science degree in the process. Prior to working at Progyny, he spent time working with various access control systems, multiple web technologies, and application development. When not working, Joe spends his time playing darts, snowboarding(weather permitting), and playing video games.

Julie Hunt
Assistant Patient Care Manager

As Assistant Patient Care Manager, Julie is a patient advocate, providing individualized care and support throughout each patient's fertility journey. She graduated Magna Cum Laude with Departmental Honors from Niagara University as a double major in Communication Studies & Sociology.

Kathy Trinh
Patient Care Advocate

Kathy, a proud San Francisco native, received her bachelor's degree in Film and Media Studies from University of California, Santa Barbara where she also studied Hindi and played women's lacrosse. She has a background in customer service in the medical field and is passionate about changing lives. She enjoys traveling, cooking, editing videos and watching the 49ers.

Ken Bada
Manufacturing Engineer

Ken has over 14 years of experience in the medical device industry. He has held positions in different functions of the business including Quality, Research and Development, Packaging and Labeling, and Manufacturing. Ken received his Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences from the University of California at Santa Barbara.

Lei Tan
Biomedical Research Scientist

Lei has worked in biomedical research for over 8 years, with extensive experience in publications of research articles, reviews, book chapters and conference abstracts. Lei received her PhD from Rockefeller University, New York, NY and her Bachelor of Science degree from Peking University, Beijing, China. In her spare time, she enjoys reading and traveling.

Liming Wang
Principal Systems Engineer

Long time optical, and systems engineer with optical instrumentation, biomedical research and medical device backgrounds, is not only working on Eeva Scope now, but also enthusiastically exploring new technologies in IVF field.

Lisa M. Young
Sr. Manager, Systems Engineering

Lisa Young is Progyny’s Senior Manager of Systems Engineering. Lisa has held key research andevelopment positions since joining Auxogyn (now Progyny) as its third employee in 2010. Lisa joined Progyny following a 25+ year career in the medical device industry, most recently as Research and Development Project Manager for Boston Scientific. Lisa holds a BSME from the University of Illinois.

Mark Larman
Senior Director, Clinical Technologies

Mark received his Ph.D. from University of Newcastle upon Tyne, UK. His research focused on cell signaling events during fertilization and early embryo development. He has been involved in a number of exciting discoveries, including the discovery and characterization of the protein that triggers egg activation and the beginning of new life. He has published numerous research articles and book chapters and has 10+ years’ experience developing and commercializing many products currently used in IVF embryology labs.

Martin Chian
Director, Algorithm Group

Martin has over 16 years of experience in medical device development. He has deep expertise in product development while utilizing a diverse knowledge of algorithms, signal processing, image processing, and data science. He received his B.A. in biochemistry from the University of Virginia. He also has an M.S in Biomedical Engineering, an M.S. in Electrical Engineering, and a Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Southern California.

Mereille Hourani
Sr. Administrative Assistant

Mereille has over 10 years of administrative experience. In her current role with Progyny she has had continuous growth in areas such as, but not limited to, providing complete administrative support to Human Resources, VPs, and C-Suite Leaders. Working with different levels of the organization she has established trust and credibility with employees, which has allowed her to excel in her role. Mereille obtained her BA in Communications from San Francisco State University.

Oscar Herrera
Clinical Applications Engineer

Oscar brings more than 15 years of worldwide field service experience on diverse electro-mechanical systems such as military naval and aerial systems, robotics, automation lines and healthcare diagnostic systems. He joins Progyny after eleven years as Senior Field Engineer with Siemens Industrial and Healthcare Divisions. Oscar is dedicated and passionate about being on the front lines to support and maintain our systems at their best to deliver patient satisfaction.

Rachael Bingham
Patient Care Advocate

Rachael Bingham, a Colorado native, received her bachelor’s degree in Communication Studies and Spanish from Colorado State University. Over the past five years, she has counseled and educated hundreds of women regarding their healthcare benefits and options in her role as a Women’s Infants Children Counselor and later, as a Community Representative for the Hispanic Initiative. As a new addition to the Patient Care Advocate team here at the Fertility Authority, she helps women navigate the world of fertility one compassionate step at a time.

Ramoncito Bernabe
Senior Manufacturing Technician

Over 14 years of experience in medical device manufacturing. Proficient in building electro mechanical, RF ablation, dilators, and stent delivery catheters. Previously was a manufacturing supervisor/technician at Hantel Technologies.

Ranjit Johal
QA Manager

Ranjit has been with the Progyny QA group for three years. Prior to that he had QA roles within pharmaceutical, IVD and medical device companies. In his spare time, he enjoys travel and photography. Ranjit has a Bachelor’s degree in Microbiology from Cal Poly State University, San Luis Obispo.

Salaia Da Cruz
Patient Care Advocate

Salaia Da Cruz graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science in Biology and Society. Her personal experiences sparked an interest in fertility and have inspired her to help patients connect with a clinic that would best suit their needs. Her favorite part of being a Patient Care Advocate is listening to everyone’s story and offering a helping hand to patients to learn about treatment plans, financing options and general inquiries regarding fertility. She is passionate about helping patients make well informed decisions during their fertility journey.

Stanley Mui
Graphic Web Designer

Stanley has an extensive background in web design, media design and graphic design for over ten years. He’s highly experienced in the areas of publication, and is knowledgeable in the phases of print and media production. A great deal of his experience has been in promotional designs and media plan development.

Uttara Thakre

Uttara has over 4 years of experience, working as a software engineer for applications ranging from medical image processing to embedded systems. She has worked in varied industry environments including research, services and product, allowing her a keen understanding of the demands and requirements of each. She enjoys a good challenge and her current role at Progyny has offered her that and more. Uttara received her BS from Mumbai University, India and her Master’s from Clemson University.

Vaishali Suraj
Director, Biostatistics and Data Management

I am currently the Director of Biostatistics and Data Management at Progyny, Inc, where I am responsible for the overall management statistical analysis and clinical trial data management, including, but not limited to, development of clinical trial statistical strategy, case report form development, database development, departmental standard operating procedures, and training in a start-up company. I have extensive experience and expertise in statistical design and analysis of clinical study as well as managing clinical trial data activities and establishing processes and procedures in accordance with applicable regulatory requirements. My industry background involves analysis and management of over 15 pivotal efficacy and safety studies, 3 Human Factors studies, and 10 post market studies. I have been involved in 4 PMA approved devices, 6 510K clearance, and 1 De Novo clearance.

Walter Schweitzer
Director, Web Application Development

Walter Schweitzer is a native of New York and grew up in Southbury, Connecticut. Since 1999, he has been working primarily as on open source engineer. Prior to joining Progyny he spent the past seven years running his own software agency that served startups, media companies, banks and a few Fortune 500 companies. He has contributed to several open source projects and continues to be active in the community. Outside of work he spends his time raising his awesome 1 year old son.

Yan Zhou
Computer Vision Scientist

Yan is a Computer Vision Scientist building models for automatic embryo quality detection. She has strong background in Computer Vision, Machine Learning, Data Mining and Predictive Modeling. Throughout her career as a scientist, she has led several projects on healthcare data analytic, business intelligence, medical image computing. Before joining Progyny, Yan worked as a Machine Learning Scientist for Elekta, where she worked on research and development of machine learning based auto-segmentation tools in treatment planning systems (TPS) for radiation therapy. Yan also worked in Siemens Healthcare, and Motorola Research Center for internships. She held 4 patents and 14 publications. She obtained a Doctor’s degree from Computer Science Department, University of Houston. She obtained Bachelor degree from Electrical Engineering Department, Fudan University, China.

Board of Directors

Beth Seidenberg, M.D.
Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers

Dr. Beth Seidenberg, M.D., joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers in May 2005 to work in the life sciences area. Beth was formerly the Senior Vice President, Global Development, and Chief Medical Officer at Amgen. Prior to joining Amgen, Beth was a senior executive in research and development at Bristol-Myers Squibb and Merck & Co. She began her career in basic and clinical research at the National Institutes of Health specializing in immunology and infectious diseases. In total, she introduced 10 innovative products to market and achieved over 40 regulatory approvals (including new indications and formulations) on a worldwide basis. She is currently on the Board of Directors of 3-V Biosciences, Arresto Biosciences, BioCryst Pharmaceuticals, Breathe Technologies, Epizyme, iPierian, Inc, and RedBrick Health. Her primary focus is in novel therapeutics to treat unmet medical needs.

Beth received her B.S. from Barnard College and her medical degree from the University of Miami School Of Medicine. Her post-graduate training was completed at Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health.

Fred Cohen, M.D., D.Phil.
TPG Biotech

Prior to joining TPG Biotechnology in 2001, Dr. Fred Cohen, M.D., D.Phil., was a Professor of medicine, cellular and molecular pharmacology, biochemistry and biophysics and pharmaceutical chemistry at UCSF. In this context, he was Chief of the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism and directed an active research program in the areas of prion biology, structure based drug design, bioinformatics and heteropolymer chemistry. Dr. Cohen is a Fellow of the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, American College of Physicians, a member of the American Society for Clinical Investigation and the Association of American Physicians, and the recipient of several awards and honors including the Burroughs-Wellcome New Initiatives in Malaria Award, the LVMH Science Pour L’Art Prize (shared with Stanley Prusiner), a Searle Scholars Award and Young Investigator Awards from the Endocrine Society and the Western Society for Clinical Investigation. He graduated magna cum laude from Yale University in 1978 and received his D.Phil from Oxford University as a Rhodes Scholar in 1980, his M.D. from Stanford Medical School as an American Cancer Society Postdoctoral Fellow in 1984 and his internal medicine and endocrinology training at UCSF. He joined TPG in 2001 to initiate TPG’s venture efforts in biotechnology and life sciences. He currently serves on the board of directors of: Acumen, Inc.; BioCryst, Inc. (Nasdaq: BCRX); CareDx, Inc. (Nasdaq: CDNA); Five Prime Therapeutics, Inc. (Nasdaq: FPRX); Genomic Health, Inc. (Nasdaq: GHDX); Quintiles Transnational Corporation (NYSE: Q); Rapid Micro Biosystems Inc.; Roka Bioscience, Inc. (Nasdaq: ROKA); Tandem Inc. (Nasdaq: TNDM); and Veracyte, Inc. (Nasdaq: VCYT).

David Sable, M.D.
Columbia University

Dr. David Sable, M.D., directs healthcare and life science investing for the Special Situations Funds and is portfolio manager of the Special Situations Life Sciences Fund. After graduating from the Wharton School and the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, he trained in obstetrics and gynecology at New York Hospital - Cornell Medical Center, and in reproductive endocrinology at the Brigham and Women's Hospital. He co-founded and served as director of the Institute for Reproductive Medicine and Science at Saint Barnabas Medical Center in New Jersey, and was founder and CEO of Assisted Reproductive Medical Technologies, a private company that was acquired in 1999.

After leaving clinical medicine, Dr. Sable managed a proprietary healthcare portfolio at Deutsche Bank before joining the Special Situations Funds. Dr. Sable is an adjunct in the department of biology at Columbia University, and teaches “Entrepreneurship in Biotechnology” at Columbia’s Graduate School of Arts and Sciences. He serves as a director for the nonprofit organization Resolve, and is a member of the clinical advisory board for Ovascience, and previously served as a director for Genenews and Hamilton Thorne.

Hakan Goker
MS Ventures

Hakan Goker (Ph.D.) is a senior director at MS Ventures, the corporate venture capital fund of Merck Serono. Hakan joined MS Ventures in 2013 and previously was investing as a partner at Aescap Venture and prior to that at Atlas Venture. Since 2006, Hakan has been instrumental in the creation, financing, and strategy of multiple biotechnology companies globally including Orphazyme (DK), F Star (NL), Bicycle Therapeutics (UK), Nimbus Discovery (US) and Nitec now Horizon Pharma (CH/US). Hakan received his PhD in oncology from the Institute of Cancer Research/ University of London and continued his scientific career at the Breakthrough Breast Cancer Centre/Royal Marsden Hospital. He gained his BSc Honours, from University College London. Hakan is a board member of Forendo Pharma, Synaffix, Asceneuron, Raze Therapeutics, Tocopherx, and Progyny Inc.

Simeon George, M.D.
SR One

Dr. Simeon George, M.D., joined SR One in 2007 and leads SR One’s investment activities on the West Coast. Prior to joining SR One, Simeon was a consultant at Bain & Company and an investment banker at Goldman Sachs and Merrill Lynch. Simeon is a member of the Board of Directors of Anaphore, Auxogyn, Inc., Genocea Biosciences, HTG Molecular, Principia Biosciences and Semprus BioSciences.

Simeon received his B.A. in Neuroscience from the Johns Hopkins University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa. Simeon received his MD from the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine and his M.B.A. (Mayer Scholar) from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania.

Linda Mintz
Care Finders Total Care, LLC

Linda Mintz is the Co-Chairman of Care Finders Total Care, LLC, a leading home health care company with 5 offices in NJ, and over 2000 employees. Ms Mintz is also a managing partner at LCP Advisors, LLC, a business advisory firm that provides strategic growth strategies, merger and acquisitions advisory services, exit strategies, and operational, transactional and financing assistance to companies at all stages of business development, from start ups, to middle market and mature companies looking for an exit. Ms Mintz has represented clients in a variety of industries including consumer products, fashion, healthcare, financial services, specialty chemicals, hospitality, real estate and technology. Prior to forming LCP Advisors, Ms Mintz was a corporate lawyer at Weil, Gotshal & Manges and a partner at Greenberg Traurig, and has over 20 years of transactional experience in evaluating, structuring, negotiating and completing mergers, acquisitions, debt and equity offerings and restructuring transactions for both public and private companies. Ms. Mintz also founded and operated a health-oriented, specialty snack food company from 1991-1999. Ms. Mintz has also held investment banking and private equity positions with Citibank, N.A., and Lioness Capital Partners, LLC. She has been a frequent speaker at trade business conferences on growth strategies, capital raising, mergers and acquisitions and exit strategies for privately held companies. Ms. Mintz graduated with a Bachelor of Science and Management from Tulane University School of Business and earned her Doctorate of Jurisprudence from University of Miami.

Kathy Harris
Sharecare, Inc.

Kathy Harris serves as Senior Vice President Corporate Development of Sharecare, Inc., an interactive, social Q&A platform designed to greatly simplify the search for quality healthcare information and help consumers live their healthiest life. Prior to Sharecare, she was a General Partner at Noro-Moseley Partners, the oldest and one of the largest venture capital firms in the Southeastern US. She led the Firm’s business development efforts throughout the Southeast and Texas and also focused on its investment activities in the healthcare industry. Prior to Noro-Moseley, Kathy was a Partner at Technology Ventures, a venture capital firm focused on Internet and e-commerce companies, the National Marketing Manager of Sirrom Capital Corporation, where she oversaw all business development and loan origination activities and Senior Vice President of the Investment Banking Group at J.C. Bradford & Co. (now UBS). Over her career, she has invested in early and growth stage companies in a broad array of industries and has been involved in more than 100 investment banking transactions totaling over $2 billion. Kathy started her career at KPMG.

She serves on the Boards of the Clemson University Research Foundation, the Health Care Advisory Board of Vanderbilt’s Owen Graduate School of Management and The Women's Leadership Board at Harvard's Kennedy School of Government.

Gina Bartasi

A seasoned entrepreneur, Gina brings more than 20 years of experience to Progyny with a proven track record of building new business ideas from the ground up. Gina has launched several key brands and websites with a focus on financial performance and profitability. Her latest business endeavor,, is on a mission to empower young, professional women to take charge of their reproductive health. EggBanxx provides women with affordable and accessible egg freezing options through its network of 116 fertility doctors across the United States. Gina supports Sandberg’s “Lean In” movement and adds, “Lean In, but Freeze First”.

Prior to FertilityAuthority and EggBanxx, Gina was the founder and chairman of The Leader Publishing Group, a magazine publishing firm in Atlanta, GA where she was an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year finalist, Metro Atlanta Chamber's Small Business Person of the Year finalist and a finalist for Woman of the Year in Technology. Gina received her BS from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is a graduate of Harvard Business School.

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