We made Aivo to
help in our own pain.
Now it can help millions.

Aivo Health is a digital health company for low back pain management. We empower people with a virtual specialty medical clinic and deliver premium yet affordable care for low back pain safely and sustainably, without the risks, costs, or side effects of opioid medications or surgery. Our innovations in pain neuroscience, behavioral health, data science and digital tools combined with our clinical expertise are shifting the chronic pain treatment paradigm from ad hoc random encounters to continuous precision care.

Aivo Program™ is a unique continuous care program for low back pain. The program consists of a virtual clinic with your personal health coach, the support of a moderated peer group, and educational, mindfulness-based cognitive behavioral therapy for you to consume in short animations, audio recordings, and educational content delivered over a mobile app.


A Personal Beginning

Aivo co-founder and CEO Mika Marjalaakso has struggled the past eighteen years with various chronic pain conditions ranging from wrist and orofacial pain to low back pain. Life has not been easy. The shape shifting pain experience began as Mika was 26 years old and at the time was leading a pioneering Internet of Things startup. Some medications provided some short-term relief but were not really a long-term option due to unbearable side effects. Mika was genuinely surprised to learn that chronic pain care at large is based on random trial and error and even that is not done efficiently.


Scientific Breakthrough - Pain is In the Brain

Unsatisfied with the conventional wisdom of “you need to learn to live with your pain”, Mika digs into the science of pain. One researcher stood out as a giant in the field, a man named Vania Apkarian. The New York Times profiled Apkarian when he first discovered that chronic pain can actually change the structure of the brain. In the past 15 years, Apkarian has led every major advance in brain imaging of chronic pain. Mika arranged to meet this unique researcher and flew to Chicago. They soon began a long friendship and a plan for pain scientists to bring scientific discoveries directly to people suffering with pain.


Aivo is Born

It took some time for the science to mature so that precision care could be coupled with digital care delivery. Mika and Vania join forces, combining Vania’s scientific knowledge with Mika’s technology expertise and Aivo is born. Our mission – to build a permanent chronic pain reversal solution and deliver it at the Internet scale.


Initial Clinical Efficacy and Commercial Launch

The core team is in place and ready to rock. This year Aivo will execute a proof of concept study, start a clinical trial and commercially launch the service for consumers.

Our 5 year mission:

Reverse chronic pain in 1 million people.

Prevent chronic pain in 0.5 million people.

Aivo Core Team

Mika Marjalaakso


Vania Apkarian

Chief Science Officer

Melissa Farmer

Chief Clinical Officer

Ville Syrjänen


Yervand Azatian

Chief Data Scientist

Rolf Sormo


Advisors & Investors

Esther Dyson

Executive Founder

Tomi Saarnio

Director, Machine Learning
Kaiser Permanente

Jim McGough

EdgeOne Medical

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