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US HHS Unveils Action Plan to Address Maternal Morbidity

Black women are three times more likely to die from pregnancy-related causes, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. In light of these statistics, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announced Thursday morning an action plan to improve maternal health. The road map outlines three targets to achieve in the next five years:  To reduce the maternal mortality…

Twentyeight Health Will Join Healthify’s SDoH Network to Provide Low- and No-Cost Birth Control to People in Need

Healthify, a company that works with managed care organizations to integrate social determinants of health (SDoH) into the healthcare ecosystem, has announced that Twentyeight Health, a femtech startup that provides affordable and convenient reproductive and sexual care, is joining its network of community-based organizations working to address social needs and improve outcomes for disadvantaged populations. “We are very excited to be partnering with…

Menstrual Health Startup Vulvani Launches New Period-Themed Stock Photo Library

Menstrual Health startup Vulvani has recently launched a library of free stock photos all about period related themes. By making their image database available to other companies and individuals the Vulvani hopes to contribute to the destigmatization of periods. The pictures are under Creative common License and can be used free of charge. “We know how difficult it is to find good…

Everlywell Raises $175 Million to Expand Consumer Lab Testing and Digital Health Offerings

Everlywell today announced an oversubscribed Series D financing of $175 million. New investors participating in the round include funds and accounts managed by BlackRock, The Chernin Group (TCG), Foresite Capital, Greenspring Associates, Lux Capital, Morningside Ventures, and Portfolia, as well as existing investors Goodwater Capital, Highland Capital Partners, and Next Coast Ventures. This investment brings the total capital raised by the company to…

K’ept Health wins HITLAB’s Women’s Health Tech Challenge

Since launching the Women’s Health Tech Challenge in 2018, HITLAB has committed to being at the forefront of impactful change in women’s health, inviting global innovators and entrepreneurs to come together every year to propose their novel solutions to health issues affecting women everywhere. Last week on Women’s Entrepreneurship Day a global audience came together again for HITLAB’s third-annual Women’s Health Tech Challenge. Five femtech founders…

Nasdaq Seeks Mandatory Board Diversity for Listed Companies

Nasdaq has filed a proposal with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to adopt new listing rules related to board diversity and disclosure. If approved by the SEC, the new listing rules would require all companies listed on Nasdaq’s U.S. exchange to publicly disclose consistent, transparent diversity statistics regarding their board of directors. Additionally, the rules would require most Nasdaq-listed companies to have, or explain why they…

EHE Health Partners with Femtech Startup Wildflower Health to Launch Their New App for Maternal and Family Health

EHE Health, a preventive and primary healthcare provider organization, launched Thrive Now, its first-ever, clinically-integrated, mobile health app last week. The app is designed to help women prepare for healthy pregnancies, improve maternal and infant health and minimize the risks and costs of preventable complications before and after delivery. Thrive Now offers a set of highly personalized tools and content, powered by femtech…

Breast Cancer Technology Company Endomag Secures £15M in Series D Funding

Cambridge-based startup Endomag, has raised a £15M Series D led by Draper Esprit, which was supported by existing investors Sussex Place Ventures among others. This investment brings the company’s total funding to over £32 million. Endomag’s technologies use non-invasive magnetic sensing to locate and stage breast cancer and have helped over 130,000 women across the world receive more precise and less invasive…