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“Missed pills result in nearly one million unplanned pregnancies in the United States each year. They also disrupt hormone balance causing side effects such as bleeding, nausea, mood changes, and headaches. After hearing stories from hundreds of women about the stress of the pill, I knew we could help improve the effectiveness of the pill by solving the problem of adherence with technology.” Amanda French, Co-founder of Emme

Highlights

Emme raises a $2.5M seed round and announces the launch of an integrated technology enabled birth-control solution; British femtech startup Callaly lands €1.9M via crowdfunding to expand internationally; Fenometer launches Lilac, a FDA registered smart kegel exerciser; Fortune releases their 40 under 40 in Healthcare list, which features numerous femtech founders this year; 24 consumer tech & digital health startups join new push for industry-wide digital therapeutics standards; USPS delays threaten women’s access to birth control; HITLAB now accepts application for their Fall 2020 Women’s Health Challenge; Future of Femtech now offers a membership program for femtech leaders; The Guild & Femtech Focus are organizing a femtech accelerator program; All Raise fights all-male panels with the launch of its own speaker bureau

Office Hours: Got questions about PR? Heather Delaney, founder & CEO of Gallium Ventures, a full-service PR/marketing consultancy with international clients, helps consumer tech brands cut through the noise. Ask her anything!

Spotlight

In light of Emme’s recent funding news, let’s have a look at a couple of digital health startups in the business of birth control!

Emme is a healthcare technology company with a mission to put women’s health in women’s hands, starting with birth control. Their first product, the Emme Smart Case and app, is an integrated technology-enabled solution designed to safeguard the birth control experience and help reduce the rate of missed pills.

Aavia is improving healthcare, and the health and wellness of individuals, starting with a smart case & app that learns and improves birth control pill-taking habits.

The Lowdown is a website that allows women to submit reviews on contraception. Goal is to create a statistically viable dataset on side effects, pros and cons and experiences – that all women can use for free.

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. 

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In the Know

Femtech Analyst Report: Femtech Expected to Break New Grounds (Femtech Insider)

Featured Femtech Funder of the Week: Rina Obi, Principal at Global Brain (Femtech Insider)

PitchBook’s Analyst Note: Femtech Expected to Break New Grounds (Femtech Insider)

Riding the Femtech Wave(s): Status Quo & Outlook (Marceau Partners / Ringier Digital Ventures)

Fertility Treatments Are Now Company Business (Washington Post)

Fewer Than Half of American Women Were Taught about Birth Control, Study Finds (Forbes)

Meet 25 Amazing Women of Color for Your Board (The BoardList)

The New “Virtual Normal”: Is Face-to-face Care Delivery a Thing of the Past? (MedCityNews)

The Intersection of Healthcare Affordability & Value-based Care (HIMSS)

Interview with Alice Pelton, Co-founder & CEO of Femtech Startup The Lowdown (Women of Wearables)

The Startup World Needs a ‘Black Minds Matter’ Awakening (Techcrunch)

A Trusted and Safe Digital Space: How Poppy Seed Health’s Simmone Taitt is Disrupting the Maternal Healthcare Model (Crunchbase)

Diversifying Investments: A Study of Ownership Diversity & Performance in the Asset Management Industry (Knight Foundation)

Who’s Hiring? 

Rory is hiring a VP of Corporate Development.

Flex Company is hiring a Director of Product Marketing.

EverlyWell is looking for a Medical Writer.

MeiYou is looking for a Product Manager.

Bellabeat is hiring an Embedded Hardware Engineer.

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