Dr. Elizabeth Ruzzo PhD, Founder and CEO of Adyn, On: Why Precision Medicine Is the Future, Choosing a Start-up Over Academia, and the Future of Birth Control

Dr. Elizabeth Heinrichs Graham

Dr. Elizabeth Ruzzo is an expert in genetics, an innovator in the birth control field, and is the Founder of Adyn. The company aims to match people with the most suitable birth control for their unique biology. Her scientific background includes a doctorate from Duke University in genome sciences and postdoctoral research at UCLA. While there, her findings helped illuminate the genetic etiology of the autism spectrum disorder. She also conducted research at the University of Washington, where she received her bachelor’s degree.

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Here’s a glimpse of what you’ll learn:

  • What is Adyn, and how does it help women with birth control?
  • Dr. Elizabeth Ruzzo’s journey to starting her own business
  • Combining the different mindsets of science and entrepreneurship
  • The approach Dr. Ruzzo takes to leadership and mentorship
  • What’s the mission and the common experience behind Adyn
  • How Dr. Ruzzo gives feedback and hires employees
  • Adyn’s future and where the company is heading

In this episode…

There are plenty of businesses with a purpose, but how many have a meaningful mission?

Not every company has a higher calling, but there is incredible value in those that choose to do more. Outside of charities, there is still a need for companies to contribute to the pressing problems of our time. Behind these companies are leaders that seek to create tangible change and fill holes that the marketplace has left empty.

A business that fits that exact criteria is Adyn. Recently established in January 2020, Adyn helps people find appropriate birth control through science rather than guesswork. They received tremendous support out of the gate, due in no small part to its founder. Now that founder shares the story of her company and the mission behind it.

In this episode of Next Wave Leadership, Dov Pollack speaks with Dr. Elizabeth Ruzzo, the Founder of Adyn, to discuss the state of birth control and how her company seeks to help. They start with Dr. Ruzzo’s own experiences and her journey of starting Adyn. They then walk through various topics from hiring to mentorship to science and more. The two also discuss where the company is heading in the future.

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Founded by Dov Pollack, Next Wave Leadership is an executive coaching firm focused on helping CEOs, executives, and emerging leaders to deepen their executive presence, differentiate their voice, and embrace the plot and promise of their story.

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