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“Ryder founded Maven, which offers virtual care and health services in fertility, maternity care and pediatrics, among other areas. Maven aims to help employers and health plans achieve improved maternal outcomes and lower costs while attracting and retaining more working parents.” (c) Maven

Highlights

Maven founder Kate Ryder is recognized in Crain’s New York Business 2020 Notable in Healthcare List; Uqora launches new UTI pain relief and UTI diagnostic products;  Assembled Brands invests in sextech startup Dame Products; HealthTech companies claim their largest share of the Inc. 5000 to date with 123 entries; Mental Health Benefits Startup Lyra Health hits a $1.1B valuation; Women Who Tech launches challenge to help fund startups affected by COVID-19; Google is investing $100M in telehealth provider Amwell; Applications for Women’s Health Innovation Summit’s Spotlight 2020 Program close on Aug 28

Spotlight

Friends! It’s that time of the year again: YCombinator Demo Day. And as always we had a look through the almost 200 companies, that were part of the most recent batch to see if any of them are active in the women’s health space. And indeed we found a few:

Liyfe is building a telemedicine platform for breast cancer patients to communicate with oncologists and cancer professionals from home. 

Adyn is building a test to help women in the US determine which method of birth control is the best fit for their bodies in order to minimize side effects. 

Hannah Life Technologies wants to help couples struggling to get pregnant conceive at home without ever visiting a clinic. The startup sells a small device that can be used during sex which they say can triple the chance of conception. 

Featured Funder of the Week

This week’s “Funder of the Week” is Halle Tecco, Women’s Health Angel Investor & Co-founder of Natalist.

“We invest in femtech because women deserve greater access to better care. I’m currently looking for companies in the consumer space focused on health, public health and women’s health.”

>> Read Investor Profile on Femtech Insider

In the Know

Infertility Is Not a Women’s Issue (FastCompany)

Transforming Primary Health Care for Women – Part 2: The Path Forward (The Commonwealth Fund)

In a Men’s World, Female Healthcare Is a Missed Opportunity. Period. (Medium / Talis Capital)

The Economic and Moral Case for Period Leave (Forbes)

Tia Founder-Story: Carolyn Witte & Felicity Yost (Medium / Threshold Ventures)

The Coronavirus Crisis Will Impact Women’s Reproductive Health for Years (Forbes)

The Relationship Between Sexual Health and Middle Eastern Women Is Changing (Daye Blog)

The Dual PhD Problem of Today’s Startups (Techcrunch)

Kamala Harris is Fighting to Protect Black Mothers from Medical Bias (Oprah Magazine)

“I think in ten years femtech will be huge”, Joanna Bichsel on Building Africa’s First Femtech E-Commerce Company (TechCabal)

“We’re living like it’s not happening”: Michelle Obama Opens Up about Menopause (Guardian)

Who’s Hiring?

Everlywell is looking for a Manager of Enterprise Support

Alva is hiring a Growth Marketer.

Premom is hiring a Business Development Manager.

Minerva Surgical is looking for a Director Sales Operations.

Prelude Fertility is hiring a Medical Assistant.

>> View More Femtech Jobs

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