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INVO Bioscience Takes Key Commercialization Step With Registration of INVOcell in Turkey

By John F. Heerdink, Jr.
“As the world’s only Intravaginal Culture System, INVOcell, a streamlined treatment solution, is uniquely positioned to address the challenges within the infertility industry.”– Steve Shum, CEO of INVO Bioscience (INVO)

INVO Bioscience, Inc. ( INVO) (“INVO”) is an innovative medical device company developing solutions for the global infertility industry. INVO’s goal is to increase access to care and expand fertility treatment across the globe while seeking to lower the cost and increase the availability of care. INVO’s lead commercial product, the INVOcell, is a patented Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) used in the treatment of infertility. The INVOcell device and procedure are unique as the first Intravaginal Culture (IVC) system in the world used for the natural in vivo incubation of eggs and sperm during fertilization and early embryo development. As an alternative to traditional in Vitro Fertilization (IVF), the revolutionary in vivo method of vaginal incubation offers patients a more natural and intimate experience. INVO Bioscience is headquartered in Sarasota, FL. For more information, please visit https://invobioscience.com/.

The INVOcell system is a novel fertility treatment that uses a woman’s own body as a natural incubator for the incubation of eggs and sperm during fertilization and early embryo development. INVO Bioscience believes this process is cost-effective and has shown highly effective pregnancy rates and may have the ability to significantly increase patient access. Worldwide, the fertility treatment market is severely underserved. Currently, only 1% to 2% of the estimated 150 million infertile couples worldwide are treated, with the primary prohibiting factor being cost and access to treatment. INVO further believes the INVOcell system helps eliminate the need for costly infrastructure and overhead associated with IVF, one of the primary hindering factors to fertility treatment capacity. The Company’s unique in vivo fertilization process also has the potential to serve as a powerful motivator for many patients with religious and/or cultural concerns.

Turkey, and the Eurasia region, has a growing middle-class population, yet is experiencing a multi-decade decline in birth rate according to The World Bank. The decline in fertility rates in Eurasia at large, and Turkey, in particular, has pushed governments to allocate more resources to combating the issue. According to research, an estimated 15% to 20% of the Turkish population (84,373,811) suffers from the difficulty of conceiving.

In November 2019, INVO Bioscience (INVO) and Orcan Medical, a leading medical distributor to large medical device companies including St. Jude Medical, Cooper Surgical, and Clarus within Turkey, entered into an exclusive commercial partnership for INVOcell in Turkey. The agreement required product registration within the country which has now been received. The exclusive agreement with Orcan Medical for Turkey is contingent upon minimum purchase and other requirements. 

Today, INVO announced that it took a key step forward as they have received product registration approval for INVOcell in Turkey, paving the way for commercialization efforts to begin in the country.

“We are pleased to have achieved this important registration approval for Turkey which enables our distribution partner, Orcan Medical, to now begin commercialization efforts in the country. Similar to other regions around the world, the people of Turkey are faced with increased infertility rates and challenges to receiving treatment, including access to care and the cost of treatment.  As the world’s only Intravaginal Culture System, INVOcell, a streamlined treatment solution, is uniquely positioned to address the challenges within the infertility industry,” stated Steve Shum, CEO of INVO Bioscience.

During the period from Q4, 2019 to Q1 2020, after Steve Shum became the CEO of INVO Bioscience, INVO signed up 6 distributors and/or Joint Venture relationships in the following countries: Turkey, Jordan, India, Nigeria, Ethiopia, Sudan, & Uganda. Per recent discussions with Steve Shum, the registration process in countries is typically in the 6-month range. As evidenced today INVO is making progress per the successful registration approval in Turkey that it is reasonable to assume that they may be making progress along the same lines in the other 5 countries signed during that period. I am also expecting the company to give us some updates on other countries that could be added to their growing distribution network. 

In case you missed it recently, INVO Bioscience was also the focus of a spotlight report by Birmingham, Alabama-based America Institute of Reproductive Medicine (AIRM) highlighting the success achieved in their practice utilizing INVOcell. “The AIRM clinic became an early adopter and advocate for the use of INVOcell shortly after we received FDA-clearance. We appreciate their willingness to share their story of that successful implementation of INVOcell within their clinical practice, which highlights important aspects of our INVOcell technology solution,” stated Steve Shum, CEO of INVO Bioscience. See full Clinic Spotlight report for additional details at https://www.invobioscience.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/07/AIRM-INVOcell-Insights-Approved-Final-Version-070120-FINAL-1.pdf.

To learn more about INVO Bioscience (INVO) please consider visiting their website and also visiting the Vista Partners Research Page dedicated to INVO Bioscience.

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