Office Hours: I'm the founder and CEO of adyn, a Y Combinator backed startup building an inclusive personalized medicine company.Featured
Hi everyone! I’m Elizabeth Ruzzo, founder and CEO of www.adyn.com.I'm a scientist (PhD in genetics) turned founder. I suffered severe depression and suicidal ideation on the pill. My doctor was dismissive of the possibility that I was experiencing side effects from my birth control. This encounter led me to realize we all deserve a new standard of care. I founded adyn to be earth's most inclusive and patient-centric personalized medicine company. Medical studies are biased towards males and individuals of European ancestry, which repeatedly hurts our ability to develop diagnostics and treatments for all bodies. adyn is on a mission to make scientific discovery more inclusive so everyone can live their healthiest life. Our first product is designed to help individuals identify the best birth control for their unique biology. We do this by integrating two biological readouts: genetics (read one time) and hormone levels (read multiple times throughout your life). With our scientific approach, we eliminate the painful process of trial and error birth control users have endured to date. Our work closes gaps created by decades of unequal access to medical research and healthcare. Our people practices (including hiring, compensation, and celebration) are similarly designed to close gaps in equity due to historical biases around gender, race, national origin or ancestry, socioeconomic status, age, LGBTQ+ identity, religion, conviction history, disability, neurodiversity, and genetic information. I have a bachelor’s degree in cell and molecular biology from the University of Washington and a PhD in genetics and genomics from Duke University. I completed my postdoctoral research at UCLA. Ask me anything about my experience with birth control, my research, adyn’s birth control optimization test, medical and scientific research gaps, the founder journey, building a collaborative and equitable team culture, and more!