Author page: Kathrin Folkendt

LEIA Health Raises €1.4M in Pre-seed Funding to Reinvent Post-Pregnancy Care for the Digital Age

LEIA Health, a Swedish startup focused on supporting new parents during the Forth Trimester has raised €1.4M in pre-seed funding. The round was led by People Ventures with participation from Norsken, Unconventional Ventures, The Case for Her, and Octaquest. LEIA raised a €600K angel round about a year ago. Out of the 140 million women giving birth each year, 90% will experience…

Biotech: Second Novel PCOS Drug Target from Celmatix-Evotec Alliance Progresses into Hit-Identification

About a year ago Celmatix, a New York-based pre-clinical stage biotech company focused on ovarian biology, announced, that a novel PCOS target identified as part of its five-year, multi-target alliance with Evotec, progressed into hit-identification. Today Celmatix announced that another milestone has been achieved in this alliance, as Evotec and Bayer AG are advancing a second drug program, centered around a novel Celmatix-identified drug target,…

Lesley Brown: How One Woman’s Courage Changed the Odds for Millions of People Struggling with Infertility

On July 25, 1978 Lesley Brown gave birth to Louise Joy Brown, a little girl who would soon be known all around the world as “the test-tube baby” and the first human ever born using in-vitro fertilization. Since Louise’s birth more than 10 million other “IVF babies” have followed and declining fertility rates suggest that this number will be growing rapidly over…

Reproductive Health Startup Fertilly Initiates ‘Think Tank Fertility’, An Interdisciplinary Effort Towards Destigmatization of Infertility and ART in Germany

More and more people around the world struggle with infertility. In Germany, where reproductive health startup Fertilly is headquartered, around 1 in 7 couples are affected. Infertility is a big struggle for those trying to conceive; yet stigmatization is what makes the experience even more difficult to handle. The lack of public discourse leads to a lack of education about fertility, but…

For Many Femtech Entrepreneurs Advocacy Is Part of the Job. Should It Be?

As a founder in the femtech space, I talk about women’s health pretty much all day, every day. I consider it part of my job to create awareness, to advocate for women’s health and do my part to contribute to destigmatization. “We’re not just building companies. We’re starting a movement.” I’ve said this many times. And I’ve also heard this many times…

Internationalization: How VCs Are Supporting European Femtech Startups with U.S. Market Entry

“Just call us America’s sweethearts!” shared the HANX team on Twitter a few weeks ago as they proudly announced their expansion plans and launch in the U.S. The sexual health company, that offers intimate care products like vegan condoms and lube, but also oral contraceptives delivered to your doorstep, was founded in the UK in 2017 and has now made the move…