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How Student Entrepreneur Sammie Hasen Wants to Help Make Birth Control Easily Accessible for All

“Everytime I would go to dinner with my friend, we would be in the car for about five minutes before her birth control alarm went off. When it went off, it always went one of two ways – she would skip her pill, or we would turn around to grab her pill, ultimately missing dinner”, shares Sammie Hasen a Georgia Tech student…

VIMPROs: Why Heal Capital Is Building a Community of Vertically Integrated Micro-Providers in Europe and Beyond

The consumerization of healthcare is well on the way as the recent rise in popularity of digital health has more and more patients looking for more convenience and an overall better care experience when accessing healthcare services. European VC Heal Capital has built a thesis based on this trend and backs mission-driven, category-defining healthtech companies. At the core of Heal Capital’s thesis…

FemTechnology: An Interview with FemTech Summit Organizer and Medical Student Oriana Kraft

Throughout history women have been considered ‘aberrations’ from the norm, rather than a crucial and vital part of the population to be included in medical trials and long-term studies. This has resulted in missing data sets and a lack of understanding, diagnosis and treatment of many gynecological conditions, as well as unwanted pharmaceutical side effects for non-gynecological diseases, delays in care, underdiagnoses…

Tulip’s Gail Sexton Anderson: “We want our platform to be a trusted source for all intended parents and the go-to place for third party fertility.”

Tulip, the world’s largest egg donor database and trusted resource for intended parents to find their ideal donor, has recently announced the closing of a $1.7M seed round. Launched in November of 2020, Tulip has quickly amassed donors from 90% of the agencies in the U.S. with nearly 20,000 egg donors within its database. The user-friendly, online search platform today helps intended…

Pandia Health Founder Dr. Sophia Yen: “I started FFFL to increase consumer awareness of Female Founded, Female Led companies.”

Last week saw the launch of Female Founded, Female Led (or short FFFL), a new campaign to encourage consumers to shop at businesses that are owned and operated by women. The initiative was started by Dr. Sophia Yen, Founder and CEO of birth control startup Pandia Health, to address the issue of companies with white male founders swapping in women and POC…

Why are private healthcare organisations turning to Femtech?

I’m on a mission to start the conversation ‘how can femtech help the NHS’ but of course there are so many organisations that could benefit.  Take, for example, private healthcare providers that need to be on the front foot to maintain their competitive edge.  In the UK the private healthcare offer has traditionally focused on access, choice, continuity of care, facilities and…

Portfolia: An Interview with Trish Costello about the New Femtech II Fund, Learnings from Femtech I and Opportunities in Women’s Health Innovation

Portfolia, the visionary investment firm founded and led by Trish Costello, set out to reinvent investing in 2015. Her goal was to bring more women into investing and to create more diversity while delivering outstanding results. And so far it seems to be living up to this promise. The organization today has 10 funds in the market and invests in 8-12 companies…

Melanie Cristol: “We’re about to apply to the FDA and we expect that Lorals will be able to be used for STI protection later this year.”

In our “Starter Story” series we invite femtech founders to share their stories of how it all began. How did they come up with the idea? Where did they meet their cofounders and what was the hardest part of going from 0 to 1? In today’s Starter Story we get to share Lorals’ founding story as told by Founder Melanie Cristol. Lorals is on a…