Author page: Kathrin Folkendt

Celmatix, Evotec & Bayer Just Hit Another Milestone in Their Quest to Develop a First-in-Class Drug for PCOS

Celmatix, a New York-based pre-clinical stage biotech company focused on ovarian biology, has announced today that a novel PCOS target identified as part of its five-year, multi-target alliance with Evotec, has progressed into hit-identification. It may still be early in the process, but what this milestone essentially means is that Celmatix, Evotec and pharma leader Bayer, who formed a “PCOS alliance” around…

A Visit to Procter & Gamble’s (Seemingly All Male) Metaverse

A couple of months ago I got my first Oculus and *really* got into Beat Saber. And while I still do enjoy the occasional VR gaming experience, lately I’ve become even more aware of and excited about the opportunities the Metaverse has to offer beyond gaming (Also in healthcare! More on that soon!) and I was quite intrigued when I saw the…

The Lowdown’s New Missed Contraceptive Pill Calculator and a Somewhat Personal Birth Control Storytime

A few years ago I was a young-ish tech exec working for a U.S. startup. I was based in Europe, traveling to the U.S on a monthly basis and dating someone who lived in Canada. And at the time the birth control pill was my contraceptive of choice. With many hours spent on transatlantic flights, in different timezones and with a body…

Opinion: Is French President Emmanuel Macron the Unlikely Femtech Hero We’ve All Been Waiting For?

Bonjour, mes amis! How’s it going on this beautiful day? Anyone of you spent some time on twitter as of late? Yes? No? Well. If you did and hang out in the femtech & women’s health twitterverse, you may have come across a recent tweet, that turned French President Emmanuel Macron into somewhat of a.. *taking a deep breath*… FEMTECH ICON. (Yes.…

Thermal Wellness Company Embr Labs Launches Wave 2, a Wearable Wristband and App Designed to Improve Physical and Emotional Wellbeing

Like a lot of great inventions, Embr Labs got started somewhat on accident in 2013, when co-founders Matt Smith, David Cohen-Tanugi and Sam Shames met at MIT’s Material Science department. The three were working together on a project at a laboratory in Boston. Outside it was a sunny and warm day, yet inside the lab everyone was wearing hoodies and jackets freezing…

Femtech Startup Syrona Health Launches ‘SORA’, a New Mobile Virtual Health Assistant for Women Living with Endometriosis

Just like many other conditions in the women’s health space endometriosis is under researched, underserved and underfunded although it affects around 170 million women globally. The most common symptom of endometriosis is pelvic pain, which often correlates to the menstrual cycle. As the symptoms of the disease are not easily recognized – by providers and affected women – many experience a significant…

Building and Monetizing Communities in Women’s Health

It’s been all over twitter these past couple of weeks: Community is the new moat and has founders and investors equally excited. Community has made its way back into pitch decks as a strategic advantage and the digital health space is no exception here. But what does all of this mean for women’s health startups and how does one build, scale and…