Don Perugini talks about using AI to increase the fertility rates in IVF

Using AI to improve fertility rates in IVF, with Dr​. Don Perugini – Episode 004

Dr Perugini has been in the field of Artificial Intelligence for over 20 years.

It was as a research scientist for the Department of Defence where he identified that AI could be used commercially to solve real-world problems.

In 2007 He formed his first AI company, gaining rapid growth and global attention, within 8 short years it was successfully acquired by Ernst and Young.

In 2017 he formed his next AI venture where he and his partners would set themselves on a mission to improve the fertility rates of IVF patients.

Today Dr Perugini is the co-founder of both Life Whisperer and Presagen, leveraging Artificial Intelligence to improve patient outcomes and help create a healthier world for all.

Episode Highlights:

  • Dr Perugini’s backstory, the EY acquisition & starting Life whisperer [1:38]
  • Presagen – an AI platform for image-based medical diagnostics [4:20]
  • The IVF process explained and how AI can improve the embryo selection process [5:14]
  • AI in the decision-making process [6:51]
  • Using AI to non-invasively detect Down-Syndrome in the IVF process [7:36]
  • The effects AI will have on the training of embryologists [8:58]
  • The challenges of AI adoption within the medical field [9:50]
  • Using image-based AI for other applications and markets [12:43]
  • Processing the data, deep learning and computer vision explained. Data privacy within the medial industry [15:54]
  • Deep learning explained [19:25]
  • The ethics of AI, making autonomous decisions, transparency of the techniques and trusting the machine [20:49]
  • The importance of proof points in advanced technologies [23:16]
  • The jobs that will be created as a result of this AI disruption. The flow on effects [24:00]
  • How Watson has helped advance the progress of AI in the medical [25:16]
  • Joint venturing with medical institutes to get market penetration. How Presagen works with their partners and the importance of being a global player [27:18]
  • Managing innovation within the organisation, investing in your team, experimenting & managing failure [30:53]
  • How to Retain talented people within the team, hiring for high tech jobs such as AI and data science, the challenges and strategy [33:20]
  • Don’s personal strategies for success and what inspires him [35:47]

Additional Resources:

Life Whisperer’s website:

Presagen’s website:

Contact Dr Perugini and the team:

Dr Don Perugini: LinkedIn

Dr Michelle Perugini: LinkedIn

Dr Jonathan Hall – LinkedIn

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