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Nashville, June 07, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Ovation® Fertility and AI company Presagen have collaborated to develop a new decentralized artificial intelligence (AI) learning model that improves AI training while adhering to data privacy laws.

When training AI, it is essential to use several diverse data sources. The result is an unbiased and generalized AI. However, privacy laws prevent researchers from transferring data outside of the country of origin. To combat this problem, Presagen has developed the Decentralized AI Training Algorithm (DAITA).

The new algorithm uses a decentralized federated learning approach and knowledge distillation, allowing each node to operate independently without the need to access external data. This allows researchers to comply with data privacy laws while conducting effective AI training. It also has the added benefits of being scalable and cost effective.

The algorithm works by moving the AI ​​to the location of the data rather than moving the data to the AI ​​in a central location. When distributing information globally using the model, only general abstract learning is shared, not individual datasets.

According Presagen Chief Scientist Dr. Jonathan Hall “By using DAITA, we can optimize the way AI moves around the world. This not only minimizes the cost of the transfer, but also maximizes the performance of the final AI while respecting data privacy laws.

To test this algorithm in a real environment, Presagen turned to Ovation Fertility. In doing so, Ovation and Presagen have collaborated to assess embryo viability with the goal of helping embryologists identify embryos most likely to result in pregnancy.

The results of this study showed that AI training using this approach produces comparable results to centralized training. Additionally, when nodes included poor quality data, which is common, this algorithm outperformed traditional centralized training.

Ovation Fertility Vice President of Scientific Advancement, Dr. Matthew (Tex) VerMilyea emphasized the importance of these findings. “At Ovation, our goal is to develop new ways to assess embryo viability and help patients have IVF cycles that result in successful pregnancies. AI is one of the tools we use to make this possible, and DAITA is highlighting a way to better train AI to identify the best embryos to transfer, while respecting data privacy laws.

About Ovation® Fertility

Ovation® Fertility is a national network of reproductive endocrinologists and scientific opinion leaders focused on reducing the cost of having a family through more efficient and effective fertility care. Ovation’s IVF and genetics labs, along with affiliated physician practices, work collaboratively to raise the bar for IVF treatment, with state-of-the-art, evidence-based fertility services that give hopeful parents the best chance of a successful pregnancy. Physicians partner with Ovation to offer their patients advanced preconception carrier screening; preimplantation genetic testing; egg donation and surrogacy services; and the safe storage of their frozen eggs, embryos and sperm. Ovation also helps IVF labs across America improve quality and performance through offsite expert guidance and consultation. Learn more about Ovation’s vision of a world without infertility at

About Presagen

Presage is an AI-powered healthcare company changing the way clinics, patients, and medical data around the world are connected through AI. Its platform, The Social Network for Healthcare, connects clinics and patients worldwide, and enables collaboration and data sharing to create scalable AI-powered healthcare products that are affordable and accessible to everyone. The decentralized network democratizes the creation of AI products, promotes collaboration through incentives, and protects data privacy and ownership. With a focus on improving health outcomes for women worldwide, Presagen’s first product, Life Whisperer, is used by IVF clinics around the world to improve pregnancy outcomes for couples struggling with fertility problems. With a vision to create the largest network of clinics, patients, and medical data worldwide, Presagen is driving the future of AI-enhanced healthcare.

  • Matthew (Tex) VerMilyea PhD, Ovation Fertility Vice President of Scientific Advancement


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