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Ovasave Empowers Women To Tackle Difficult Fertility Choices

The UAE-based startup helps women to test their fertility at home and connects them to a network of clinics offering egg-freezing procedures.



ovasave empowers women to take difficult fertility choices

Abu Dhabi-based Ovasave is on a mission to empower women to take control of their fertility. Founded by Torkia Mahloul and Majd Abu Zant, the startup seeks to ease the complexity of freezing eggs while encouraging women to start testing their ovarian reserves at thirty years of age to improve their chances of becoming pregnant in the future.

Ovasave’s digitized process is centered around a $100 FDA-approved self-administered home hormone test, followed by a remote consultation by a doctor from a vetted fertility clinic network. Depending on the results and the consultation outcome, patients can opt for an egg-freezing package from one of the clinics in the network.

ovasave home testing kit

“Access to fertility services is a major issue. Women are delaying having children, so their fertility is declining, but they are not acting on it because of a lack of awareness […] and because the fertility journey is fragmented and complex,” Ms Mahloul says.

Recent changes to reproductive health laws in the United Arab Emirates now allow single and married women to preserve eggs for both social and medical reasons (including pursuing education or career advancement or undergoing cancer treatments).

According to co-founder Abu Zant, freezing eggs costs around Dh25,000 per cycle, with storage averaging another Dh1,500 per year. In the UAE, frozen eggs can be legally stored for five years, with an option to extend by an additional five years.

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Ovasave is partnering with eight UAE fertility clinics and twenty IVF specialists. Users will be able to rate doctors so that other women can compare the reviews when they book a consultation.

So far, the co-founders have invested $400,000 into the startup and are seeking to raise up to $2 million over the coming six months. The funds will be used for technical development, recruitment, and general market growth.


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Truecaller To Use Microsoft Azure AI Speech For Call Answering

The new service features a powerful speech generation tool to allow users to create AI versions of their voices.



truecaller to use microsoft azure ai speech for call answering

Truecaller, a well-known app for identifying and blocking spam calls, is enhancing its services by allowing users to create AI versions of their voices. The new feature, available to those with access to Truecaller’s AI Assistant, stems from a partnership with Microsoft and its Azure AI Speech tool, allowing the generation of realistic AI voices that accurately mimic users’ speech patterns and tone.

“This groundbreaking capability not only adds a touch of familiarity and comfort for the users but also showcases the power of AI in transforming the way we interact with our digital assistants,” explained Truecaller product director and general manager Raphael Mimoun in a recent blog post.

The AI Assistant in Truecaller screens incoming calls, informing recipients of a caller’s purpose. Based on this information, users can decide whether to answer the call themselves or let the AI Assistant handle it.

When the feature was introduced in 2022, users could only choose from a collection of preset voices. The ability to record one’s own voice represents a significant step towards the complete personalization of the service.

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Azure AI Speech, showcased during the last Build conference, only recently added a personal voice feature that lets people record and replicate voices. Microsoft explained in a blog post, however, that Personal Voice is available on a limited basis and only for specific use cases like voice assistants.

To maintain ethical standards, Microsoft’s Azure AI Speech automatically adds watermarks to AI-generated voices. Additionally, a code of conduct requires companies to obtain full consent from individuals being recorded and prohibits impersonation.

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