Reproductive Health

Kenyan Medical Care Chain Penda Acquires Femtech Startup Grace Health to Bolster Its On-demand Telehealth Offering

Kenyan medical care chain Penda Health has made a strategic move to enhance its on-demand telehealth services by acquiring Swedish healthtech startup Grace Health. The acquisition marks a significant development in the African health space, as two prominent healthcare players join forces to expand their reach and impact. Grace Health, founded in 2018 by Swedish entrepreneurs Estelle Westling and Thérèse Mannheimer, has…

Telehealth Abortion Provider Choix Closes Virtual Doors and Launches Partnership with carafem

Choix, the telehealth clinic to offer asynchronous abortion care in California, will cease its virtual operations on October 31st, 2023, following three years of delivering safe, affordable, patient-centered sexual and reproductive healthcare to over 8,000 patients across six states. In the face of the overturn of Roe vs. Wade, mounting bans, abortion care restrictions, and politically motivated attacks on mifepristone, Choix persevered in expanding…

Gameto’s In Vitro Maturation Candidate Fertilo Shows Potential in Improving Reproductive Technology

Gameto just presented findings on Fertilo, their product candidate designed to mature oocytes outside of the body at the 2023 American Society for Reproductive Medicine (ASRM) Congress. The data suggests Fertilo could improve both oocyte maturation and human embryo development in minimal stimulation cycles. Here’s a breakdown of what was shared: What is Fertilo? Fertilo is an iPSC-derived solution aimed at enhancing…

Partner Features in Reproductive Health Apps: Empowerment or Overexposure?

One of the reasons I love working in femtech, the rapidly evolving intersection of technology and women’s health, is that companies in our space are constantly innovating to cater to the diverse needs of women around the globe. A notable trend that has recently emerged is the inclusion of ‘partner features’ in reproductive health apps. Take, for example, the popular fertility tracking…

University of Dundee Receives $4.4M Gates Foundation Grant for Contraceptive Research

Researchers at the University of Dundee‘s Schools of Medicine and Life Sciences have secured a $4.4 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The funding will be directed towards research aimed at developing contraceptives that target sperm once they have entered the female reproductive system. Professor Chris Barratt of the School of Medicine outlined the primary objective of their research:…

Pollin Secures $20M Funding to Advance Fertility Healthcare in Canada

Pollin Fertility, a Canadian fertility clinic and technology firm, has announced a $20M Series A fundraising round, led by Osmington. Set to open its doors on October 16 in Toronto’s Yonge and Eglinton district, Pollin Fertility, under the leadership of renowned fertility physician Dr. Kim Garbedian, aims to revolutionize fertility care in Canada with advanced technology and a state-of-the-art lab geared towards…

Nature Study: Fairtility’s CHLOE AI Supports Academic Research in Assisted Reproductive Technologies

A recent study published in the Nature demonstrates the potential of CHLOE, an AI decision support technology developed by Fairtility, to advance academic research in reproductive health. The study led by Professor Iris Har Vardi, an authority in the field of fertility and IVF, specifically focused on the impact of blastocyst morphometric parameters on implantation potential. Professor Har Vardi, Director of Fertility…

Natural Cycles Gains FDA Clearance for Apple Watch Integration

Natural Cycles, the FDA-cleared and CE-marked birth control app, announced today that it has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as well as from European regulators for integration with Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra. Natural Cycles helps women looking to naturally prevent and plan pregnancy without hormones. The algorithm-powered app analyzes daily hormone-driven temperature…