While it’s true that women are born with a set number of eggs, and that those eggs age over time, we’ve recently discovered immature eggs cells on the outer edge of the ovary that have the ability to grow into fresh, young, healthy eggs. And we can take their mitochondria, which provide all cells with energy, and add it into the egg that has aged, which can in turn enhance the chances for a healthy pregnancy. Other treatment options on the horizon include growing immature egg cells and fertilizing them through IVF, then transferring them back into the intended mother—eliminating the need for hormone stimulation.


Dr. Dipp is the Chief Executive Officer of OvaScience, and serves on the Biotechnology Industry Organization’s (BIO) Emerging Companies Governing Board and the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center Board of Directors, among others.