Making a Difference

Cervilenz Inc. is dedicated to making a difference in the world of prematurity. As a company, we take pride knowing that the CerviLenz device will help clinicians give pregnant women the best possible care while also helping to reduce the cost of care.

Cervilenz Inc. was founded in 2008 by Michael Ross, MD, MPH, Rosalyn Baxter-Jones, MD, and Dean Koch. The company headquarters is in the beautiful village of Chagrin Falls – a suburb of Cleveland, Ohio.

Dean Koch is President and CEO and a member of the Board of Directors. Dean has over 20 years of experience with novel medical devices, diagnostics, and therapeutics. At Adeza Biomedical, Dean led the commercialization of a laboratory test for preterm birth prediction and the market planning for a new drug for preterm birth prevention. As Vice President of Sales, Dean built the sales organization to over 100 sales representatives and managers. Dean also served as Vice President of Marketing from 2006 until the sale of Adeza to Cytyc, Inc. in 2007 for $450 million. Cytyc has since merged with Hologic, Inc.

Federica "Freddi" O'Brien, CPA is Chief Financial and Operations Officer. Freddi has 30 years of financial experience including 10 years in life sciences. Freddi served as a Director of Life Sciences for RSM McGladrey; as Vice President of Finance and Chief Financial Officer at Cardiokine, Inc., a biotech company; and as a senior financial executive at Barrier Therapeutics (NASDAQ: BTRX), a late stage biotech company.

Melanie Sweeney is Vice President, Marketing. Melanie brings 15 years of experience in the world of prematurity to Cervilenz Inc. from her work with the March of Dimes in marketing, fundraising, and volunteer engagement. With a degree in engineering design, Melanie worked as a Human Factors Analyst for Comsis Corporation. In addition, she launched and managed a community-based nonprofit organization, Partners in Intensive Care.

Chris D’Errico is Vice President, Sales. Chris has more than 15 years of experience in the medical device area with a focus in women’s health and success in developing markets for new products. Most recently, Chris was the Director of Sales and Market Development at Biosphere Medical. Prior to joining Biosphere in 2008, Chris was a Regional Team Manager for American Medical Systems.

Michael Ross, MD, MPH is Medical Director and a member of the Board of Directors. Dr. Ross is board certified in Maternal-Fetal Medicine and a member of the faculty at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles, CA. Dr. Ross has authored over 300 peer reviewed clinical publications.

Rosalyn Baxter-Jones, MD invented the CerviLenz device, inspired by her need for a new way to identify patients who may be at high risk of preterm birth. Dr. Baxter-Jones is a practicing Obstetrician/Gynecologist in San Diego, California.

Making it Happen

Cervilenz Inc. is grateful for the funding provided by these and other valued investors.

Making an Impact

Cervilenz Inc. is committed to making an impact on maternal and fetal health globally. One step at a time, we want to help moms and babies around the world. So far, we have made contributions to the organizations below.

In your honor

To pay tribute to those working so diligently here and abroad to care for women and babies, Cervilenz Inc. is honoring clinicians with donations to the charities of their choice.

  • The Pregnancy Foundation

    The Pregnancy Foundation supports fundamental research in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
    and development of cutting edge clinical skills of Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists. The Foundation receives support from SMFM Members, Corporate Council, and patients. Among its excellent online resources are High Risk Pregnancy FAQs and updates on Advances in Research.

    Honoring: the many Maternal-Fetal Medicine specialists whose research and clinical practice is helping reduce the risk of prematurity for moms-to-be around the world.

  • March of Dimes Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center

    The March of Dimes established its own information and referral service in 1996. The Pregnancy & Newborn Health Education Center answers women’s questions about
    pre-conception health, pregnancy, postpartum care, newborn care, birth defects, genetics and a host of related topics.

    Thanks to the wonderful staff at The Center, led by Beverly Robertson, for all their great work to empower moms and families. Education is a key piece of the prematurity puzzle!

    Celebrating: Prematurity Awareness Month 2011 and World Prematurity Day 2011

  • ACNM Foundation

    Among the invaluable educational support the ACNM gives midwives is their award-winning Life Saving Skills Manual for Midwives which teaches basic skills in a comprehensive manual designed to help reduce maternal mortality, especially in developing countries.

    Honoring: The Annual ACNM Foundation FunRaiser — May 24, 2011

  • CARE

    Founded in 1945, CARE is a humanitarian organization that provides resources to women so that they can help their families and their communities get out of poverty. By focusing on the women in the communities they help, CARE is able to foster their initiatives of improving education, the local economy, and access to clean water.

    Celebrating: Women’s History Month 2011

  • Maternity Worldwide

    Maternity Worldwide started with a small group of professionals who share a great enthusiasm to improve obstetric care for women and reduce maternal mortality in developing countries. Improving access to quality obstetrics and neonatal care is at the core of their projects in Ethiopia, Uganda, Sierra Leone, and The Gambia to help fund medical facilities and supplies, provide skilled maternity staff, and deliver education.

    Celebrating: Prematurity Awareness Month 2010

  • The Tears Foundation

    The Tears Foundation helps families with the cost of burial or cremation services so that every baby’s life can be honored and memorialized as the grieving parents’ wish without worrying about the financial burden. The organization also provides bereavement support for parents through grief support groups and peer companions.

    Celebrating: Prematurity Awareness Month 2010

  • March of Dimes – Prematurity Campaign

    Launched in 2003, the March of Dimes began their Prematurity Campaign designating November as Prematurity Awareness Month to raise awareness for the issue of prematurity. Mobilizing more volunteers every year to spread the word, the impact of Prematurity Awareness Month continues to be tremendous. For the last two years, March of Dimes advocacy efforts have included a “Prematurity Report Card” to promote attention to key statistics and focus on ways help reduce the rate of prematurity. Sadly, the United States got a “D” – you can see your state’s grade online.

    Celebrating: Prematurity Awareness Month 2010

  • March of Dimes Wisconsin Chapter

    The March of Dimes is a leader in the fight against prematurity. Through its chapters and millions of volunteers, the March of Dimes delivers results in research, advocacy, education, and community services across the country. One recent achievement is the publication of the Preterm Labor Assessment Toolkit which guides quality improvement initiatives in hospitals.

    Honoring: Elizabeth Hill-Karbowski, CNM, MSN (Milwaukee, WI)

  • Solidarity with Southern Sudan

    Sudan has the highest maternal mortality rate in the world. Together with its staff at the Catholic Health Training Institute, Solidarity with Southern Sudan established a midwifery education program. Now, more women are being trained to help moms have safe births and healthy babies where help is desperately needed.

    Honoring: Nancy Jo Reedy, RN, CNM, MPH, FACNM (Fort Worth, TX)

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