CONCEPT

ExSeed wants to boost couples’ chances of becoming pregnant by using a disruptive new sperm testing device linked to a smartphone. By combining AI and mobile tech, the company hopes to address declining sperm quality among males across the western world.

The company has developed a smartphone-enabled DIY kit for testing the quality of sperm. The user places a sample on a glass slide and inserts it into a specially-designed testing device with a powerful microscopic 200x lens. They then put the smartphone on top of the device and the ExSeed app delivers a complete analysis within seconds. Based on the data, the app provides tailored advice to the user about how to improve the quality of their sperm.

HOW THEY’RE DISRUPTING

By using cutting-edge microscopic technology, this startup cuts out any need for a doctor’s visit. It also makes it quicker and easier for men to discover what – if anything – is wrong with their sperm. Co-founder Morten Ulsted said: “Today, men have to wait a long time, in some countries up to a year, to get a referral for an appointment with a fertility clinic.

“They often leave the clinic with a test result and a standard leaflet with some general health advice, despite being very motivated to improve their condition and lifestyle.”

DISRUPTION POTENTIAL

The $40 billion-dollar fertility market is currently heavily skewed towards testing or treating women’s fertility, but 40% of fertility deficiencies are due to the male.

INVESTMENTS AND FUTURE

The founders received an undisclosed amount of funding from corporate investors Trifork (the developers of MobilePay) in exchange for 49% ownership. ExSeed have partnerships with Rigshospitalet and University of Copenhagen.

The algorithms used by Exseed are constantly improving through machine learning, and will soon be able to identify a number of health problems at a much earlier stage.