Babies on the Blockchain: Eggschain Founder Wei Escala Stores Her Eggs on the Blockchain Using the Platform She Created
Eggschain is a healthcare technology company and thought leader in the fertility, health tech, family-building and cryogenic preservation industries. Patent-granted and cloud-based, Eggschain is the first blockchain-integrated inventory management and chain of custody technology for tracking biospecimens, including sperm, eggs, embryos, genome, stem cell, tissues and organs, and other genetic material. In partnership with several of the world’s leading experts in reproductive biology, endocrinology and high complexity labs, Eggschain delivers medical grade information and data to individuals undergoing IVF in a secure, transparent and universally trackable format and also provides the means for clinics to monitor their inventory, either personal, such as oocytes and sperm, or lab-related, including equipment inventory and maintenance scheduling.
Two weeks ago on November 24th, 2021, Eggschain founder and CEO Wei Escala has now made history by storing her eggs on the blockchain, doing so through the platform she created. Working with Dr. Hugh Taylor, Chair of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at Yale School of Medicine, his team of physicians and nurses, as well as the Eggschain team, Wei underwent egg retrieval, entered her data through the Eggschain platform and broadcasted to the blockchain, once Yale School of Medicine verified the accuracy of the data on the same day through the platform.
“This is an exciting milestone for the field of fertility preservation,” said Dr. Taylor. “A reliable and confidential tracking system will allow us to assure the safety and quality of frozen reproductive tissue. Eggschain enables greater transparency and security for patients and health professionals.”
Earlier this month, Eggschain successfully generated a bitcoin cryptographic block hash, becoming the first biotech healthcare company on the mainnet. The first patented supply chain system that combines blockchain and genetics to bring secure, transparent, and professional grade information and data to individuals undergoing IVF. Eggschain was developed on Stacks, a collection of independent entities, developers, and community members working to build a user-owned internet on Bitcoin.
Eggschain will mark these dual milestones with an NFT drop that celebrates the arrival of “Babies on the Blockchain.” The first NFT, Into the Light, shows the meeting of sperm and egg as a light projection on a dark sky, an evocative illustration of the art and science of IVF and the potential for future life. Eggschain will open a whitelist with 2,000 spots in early 2022, with approximately 2,500 to 10,000 NFTs to be released.
“Fertility treatment is emotionally and physically demanding, often creating stress and a sense of isolation along the way,” said Ms. Escala. “By sharing my Eggschain experience, I hope to begin to build a sense of community that help others undergoing fertility treatments feel less alone and more empowered. By delivering medical grade information in a secure and universally trackable format, Eggschain provides transparency and peace of mind, holding the potential to forever change that dynamic for the better.”