Ecosystem

Get F*cked by the Government: Dame Releases a New Limited Edition Sex Toy to Raise Awareness and Funds for Abortion Access

Sexual wellness company Dame has teamed up with creative agency Mischief @ No Fixed Address to launch a new limited edition sex toy bearing the face of Mitch McConnell, the Republican senator from Kentucky who helped engineer the fall of Roe v. Wade by working to reshape the federal judiciary and the US Supreme Court. Goal of the campaign is to “make…

The NIH Launches Bridge2AI, a New Program to Expand the Use of A.I. in Biomedical and Behavioral Research

The National Institutes of Health will invest $130 million over four years, pending the availability of funds, to accelerate the widespread use of artificial intelligence by the biomedical and behavioral research communities. The NIH Common Fund’s Bridge to Artificial Intelligence (in short: Bridge2AI) program is assembling team members from diverse disciplines and backgrounds to generate tools, resources, and richly detailed data that…

MATTER Launches 51 Labs, A New Accelerator Focused on Women’s Health Innovation

Healthcare incubator and innovation hub MATTER is launching 51 Labs, an accelerator focused on women’s health. The name stems from the fact that women are 51 percent of the population. The inaugural year’s program is focused on menopausal transition and includes partners Astellas Pharma US, Walgreens, Parkview Health and University of Chicago Medicine. Women’s health has long been underfunded and under-innovated, given the scale…

Maven Clinic and March for Moms Team up to Invest in Community-Based Organizations Advancing Maternal Health Outcomes 

  Maven Clinic, the virtual clinic for women’s and family health, and March for Moms, a non-profit that improves the health and wellbeing of mothers through advocacy and awareness, have launched MPact for Families, a new program to invest in community-based organizations (CBOs) advancing maternal health. The program provides financial, mentoring, and skill support to community-based organizations that are filling gaps in…

The NIH Launches a New Challenge to Advance Community-based Maternal Health Research in the U.S.

The National Institutes of Health has recently introduced a $3M challenge competition to encourage community-based and advocacy organizations in the United States to develop the infrastructure and capabilities necessary to conduct maternal health research. In addition to competing for cash prizes, participating organizations will receive training and mentoring in writing research proposals and building maternal health research infrastructure. The challenge is part of the White House Blueprint…

Techstars Healthcare: A New Accelerator Sponsored by Cedars-Sinai, Point32Health, UCI Health, and UnitedHealthcare Is Set to Launch in Los Angeles

Leading accelerator Techstars is launching a new program dedicated to innovation in healthcare in Los Angeles. The new Techstars Healthcare accelerator is sponsored by Cedars-Sinai, Point32Health, UCI Health, and UnitedHealthcare, and is designed for founders focused on innovative technology solutions that cut across a variety of segments in the healthcare industry. These segments include, but are not limited to patient experience, physician…

Meet 9 Startups from Y Combinator’s S22 Batch We’re Watching Closely Right Now

Yes.. It is indeed that time of the year again… YC Demo Day is around the corner and as always we made time to look through the hundreds of startups who just graduated from Y Combinator (Batch S22) to share our picks, who we believe can truly make an impact in the world of healthcare innovation. Curious who made our list? Here…

These 24 Femtech Startups Will Pitch at Women’s Health Innovation Summit This Year

On September 29 and 30, 2022 the North American femtech community is coming together again in Boston for the 4th edition of Women’s Health Innovation Summit. Each year the 2-day event invites selected startups to pitch their solutions in front of industry leaders and investors. Just recently the finalists, who were selected by 10 leading VCs in the space, were announced. Selection…