Ecosystem

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…

BioInnovation Institute Receives a Grant from the Gates Foundation to Launch a New Initiative Focused on Women’s Health

BioInnovation Institute (BII), a non-for profit Foundation known for incubating and advancing world-class life science research, has received a grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to accelerate efforts to discover translational world-class research to identify new technologies and solutions that can improve the health of women and girls across the world, including low-income countries.  The grant supports BII’s vision to strengthen the…

Meet the 4 Winners of World Bank Group and CTA’s Global Women’s HealthTech Awards!

The World Bank Group and the Consumer Technology Association (CTA) have announced the winners of The Global Women’s HealthTech Awards, recognizing innovative startups that leverage tech to improve women’s health and safety in emerging markets. The winning startups selected by a panel of industry experts are Antiva Biosciences, InnAccel, NIRAMAI, and UE LifeSciences. The Awards attracted over 70 companies from 35 countries, which submitted their innovative…

Social Networks, Community Building & The Metaverse: An Interview with Diem Co-founder Emma Bates

What does a new social universe for knowledge sharing look like in 2022? Diem, a new social media alternative created for women & non-binary folks, is trying to answer this question. The company came our of beta in October launching its social networking platform to a waitlist of over 20,000 people. Diem’s mission? To reinvent how we meet, network, learn and collaborate…

Meet the 8 Femtech Startups Presenting at HITLAB’s Women’s Health Tech Challenge This Week!

On Friday, December 17th, HITLAB Women’s  Health Tech Initiative will host its fourth annual Women’s Health Tech (WHT) Challenge, where 8 promising femtech founders will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges in an effort to discover the next wave of innovation that can address the unmet needs within women’s health.   The HITLAB WHT Challenge began in 2018, focusing on emerging technology applications and systems that improve medical care and the provision of healthcare among women worldwide.   “The Global market…

Merck Announces an Additional $150M Investment in Merck for Mothers to Help End Maternal Mortality Inequities

Merck is investing an additional $150M through Merck for Mothers to further advance the initiative’s mission of helping create a world where no woman has to die giving life. This investment builds on a $500M commitment made in 2011 and underscores the company’s legacy of catalyzing sustainable solutions that improve health equity and maternal health outcomes worldwide. To date, programs supported by Merck for…

OvaryIt Launches a New Foundation to Increase Access to Contraceptive and Family Planning Services for Underserved Populations

Reproductive Health startup OvaryIt is launching the OvaryIt Foundation, a Not-for-Profit with a mission to increase access to contraceptive and family planning services and advance women’s health through Education, Research, and Advocacy. The Foundation has established partnerships with leading domestic violence shelters, anti-human trafficking organizations and is currently working to build relationships with re-entry programs for those released from incarceration. In addition,…