Meet the Heroine: Dr. Piraye Yurttas Beim

Dr. Piraye Yurttas Beim
Celmatix, founded in 2009 by Dr. Piraye Yurttas Beim in New York City is a next-generation women’s health company leveraging big-data and genomics to improve fertility treatments and pave the way for proactive fertility management. American women are having so few babies these days that the fertility rate has hit a historic low, according to stunning provisional data just published by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Dr. Piraye Yurttas Beim founded Celmatix in 2009 to empower women to be more proactive and informed about their fertility through better data, including genomics. She was on the front lines of the personalized medicine revolution during her doctoral work at MSKCC/Weill Cornell (NYC) and was inspired to create the company after completing her postdoctoral embryology research training at the University of Cambridge (UK).

Ms. Beim performed her postdoctoral (Gurdon Institute, University of Cambridge, England) work in the field of mammalian pre-implantation embryology and her doctoral work on the molecular and genetic underpinnings of mammalian infertility. She serves as a Director of Celmatix Inc. Dr. Beim holds a BA in Plan II Honors, an elite multidisciplinary liberal arts honors program, and a BS in Biology from the University of Texas at Austin. (Source:

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Realizing how many of the successful and career-minded women in her network were making major, life-defining decisions around fertility based on age alone, she set out to bring personalized medicine to reproductive health. In addition to her scientific credentials, Dr. Beim has also been widely recognized as an emerging business leader. She is a Fellow of the second class of the Aspen Institute Health Innovators Fellowship program, a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network, and was named a NYC Venture Fellow by the NYCEDC, to Crain’s 40 Under 40, Top 15 founders disrupting their industries by Fortune, and a Top Female Founder by TechCrunch. She lives in New York City with her husband and three childern.


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