Launching this project is driven by our willingness to fill a gap in gynecology practice and changing the game for millions of women, bearing the pain of obsolete practices, every year. The strong implication in healthcare of the team – two co-founders working in Medical Device Industry and the third co-founder being a medical doctor - is a strong testimony of our commitment and dedication to patient care and treatment improvement.
The positive results to a survey we conducted to 100+ medical practitioners strengthened our motivation to make things happen. Change is a matter of boldness and entrepreneurship mindset. We believe it is our responsibility to act and seize this opportunity to have a strong global footprint in healthcare and impact patient safety and comfort.
Tenaculum is widely used in gynecology and obstetrics to grip and pull the cervix when the patient is in “gynecological position” – i.e. lying on the examination chair, legs apart, slightly flexed.
Practitioners use a speculum to open the vagina and view the cervix before inserting the tenaculum. After insertion into the vagina, tenaculum allows grasping the external part of the cervix.
Practitioners then pull the tenaculum jaws in the axis of the vagina. By exerting traction, practitioners correct the anatomical physiological flexion angle (kink) between the axis of the cervix and the body axis (uterus).
This correction of 60° is required to access the uterine cavity through the cervical canal during surgery. This angle modification minimizes the risk of uterine perforation during insertion of instruments into the uterine cavity, as shown in the below drawing.
Grasping cervix is essential in many very common gynecological procedures, all listed below:
This represents worldwide more than 65 million procedures per year in which tenaculum today is required.
Even if you’re not in the medical device industry, ask yourself, which patient wants a painful tenaculum, also called Pozzi forceps – see picture below - clamped on her cervix? Likely none! However, this happens to 65 million patients every year. This is from this simple statement that we invented Aspivix, a simple and patented technology.
Aspivix is “The” response to years of gynecological practices without patient attention and poor care, as confirmed by 97% of the more than 100 practitioners and caregivers who replied to our survey. Aspivix is a simple and thoughtful solution turning one of the most common gynecological practices to a modern, safe and gentle application.
Aspivix is outstanding. It has numerous benefits to end-users for improved gynecological practice compared to Pozzi forceps-like instruments. Aspivix, based on a patented suction pad technology, using vacuum, enables for the first time gentle handling of cervix while ensuring an irreproachable cervix grasping quality.
I hold an engineering diploma from a French Grande Ecole (Ecole Nationale Supérieure des Arts et Métiers), 2 additional Masters of Science in product engineering (at the Cranfield University and at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure du Pétrole et des Moteurs – IFP School) and am graduated from an MBA at INSEAD and the Wharton Business School. I have an 11-year international career through several geographies (France, UK, Brazil, Japan, Singapore and Switzerland), as an R&D Manager, Marketing Product Manager, Business Development Manager and Head of Global Marketing in healthcare industry. Undoubtedly, this experience is key to drive Aspivix to success and ultimately enhance patient safety and comfort.
I am micro-engineer dedicated to the technology and product development, I make the bridge between the final user and the marketing. I like to push the design limits to get the best user experience for the doctors. I always wanted to be an entrepreneur and this dream comes true with Aspivix.
I am medical doctor, specialized in gynecology and obstetrics. Deep in my heart and present in my daily activity, I constantly aim at improving the patients’ care as well as my peers’ practice. Through Aspivix, I found a simple but impactful way to enhance patient comfort, reduce risks, and ease workflow for one of the most common gynecological practice. I am therefore proud to act as Chief Medical Officer for the development of Aspivix.