Yes.. It is indeed that time of the year again… As always we made time to look through hundreds of startups who just graduated from Y Combinator (Batch W22) to share with you who we believe can truly make an impact in the women’s health space (either directly or indirectly). Here we go! 👇
BBy: BBy powders breast milk that’s immunologically active & lasts 6 months
“BBy’s condensing device turns milk into a fine powder that spares the biome leaving it biologically and immunologically active. This allows hospitals to stop wasting precious nursing time defrosting milk for hours and milk wastage from discarding rules. Simply weigh the powder, add water, shake and serve. No more freezing, no more defrosting, only patient care. NICUs are time sensitive wards in the hospital, time is everything and yet nurses today continue to prepare frozen milk for infants in what’s known as the milk shift. A shift where the nurse spends the day defrosting milk for the next shift of nurses. Our tech is now fully peer reviewed and published, yielding safe and reliable results in over 20 hospitals in the New York Tri-State.”
Syrona Health: Employee Employee benefits for Women’s health : Endometriosis to Menopause
Syrona is an employee benefit solution tackling diversity and Inclusion, for 45% of the workforce that go through women’s health events from Endometriosis through to Menopause. We do this though our virtual clinic which provides personalised diagnostic, telemedicine and evidence based self-management tools. The areas we cover are Endometriosis, PCOS, Fertility, Parenthood, Cancer or Menopause.
Craniometrix: We diagnose Alzheimer’s 3x more accurately – all from your cellphone!
Our D2C SaaS solution makes it possible to diagnose Alzheimer’s accessibly, affordably, and accurately. Catching Alzheimer’s early is essential to helping those with the condition. Unfortunately, early detection today means a PET scan, which is expensive and invasive (especially given everyone above 55 should be screened annually). Based on our previous academic work, we’ve built models that can catch the condition three times as accurately as a doctor and 5-10 years before symptoms appear. All from 10 minutes of gameplay on a computer! We’re building in the $18bn diagnostics space and leveraging our proprietary tech to craft the first bespoke care stack in the $300bn Alzheimer’s industry.
Anja Health: Umbilical cord blood banking made easy
Helping pregnant parents capture stem cells from their umbilical cord for future disease treatment purposes
LunaJoy: Precision mental health care for women
LunaJoy is a precision mental health platform that is specialized in women’s mental health through all phases of life including adolescence, pregnancy, postpartum, infertility, miscarriage, loss, perimenopause, and aging. We deliver care by creating a specialized workforce to provide targeted psychotherapy, medication management + genetic testing, coaching, and holistic wellness. LunaJoy utilizes technology and data science to provide intelligent touchpoints that decrease costs and accelerate outcomes. We are increasing our in-network footprint to provide truly accessible care for all.
Starling: AI enabling digital urine diagnostics in the home
Starling is building a urine diagnostic remote patient monitoring platform that seamlessly integrates into anyone’s bathroom routine. By detecting early changes in a patient’s urine using our toilet indwelling mass spectroscopy device, our platform is aiming to prevent hospitalizations from numerous conditions like recurrent UTIs, BPH exacerbations, or diabetes. We do this while creating significant new annual revenues for our clinician partners from remote patient monitoring reimbursements without requiring any significant changes in a staff’s day to day schedule.
Soteri Skin: D2C Skincare for Eczema
Soteri Skin is D2C skincare for chronic skin conditions like eczema. We’re the only non-prescription product proven to provide long-lasting relief for the 30 million Americans who suffer from eczema. How it works: Skin surface pH is constantly in flux, and many of your daily activities can throw it out of balance. People with chronic skin conditions such as eczema have a harder time regulating their skin’s pH. Soteri’s patented pH/LOCK™ locks skin in at a therapeutic pH for 12+ hours, which is shown to help break the cycle of skin sensitivity, whether you have eczema, psoriasis, or just a bad sunburn. Our formulations are aesthetically elegant (non-sticky, sit well under makeup, etc), safe for anyone to use, and don’t require a prescription. Most people see skin health improvements within the first few weeks of application, even for tricky, chronic skin conditions like eczema and psoriasis.
Ankr Health: Full-stack patient support platform for cancer clinics
Ankr’s B2B enterprise platform combines AI + telehealth to cut cancer complications in half! Cancer clinics get 200 million calls for complications each year. Ankr’s full-stack solution (1) automatically warns + educates patients to prevent side effects, and (2) allows clinics to treat patients faster and bill for services using our telehealth suite. Founded by industry experts, Ankr is deployed in 26 clinics in 4 states, facilitating care for 16K+ patients.
Alfie: Men’s health: starting with weight loss
Alfie is the first program for men that combines doctor-prescribed medication, 1:1 health coaching, and community based competition to help you lose 15% of their weight on average. We’re tackling men’s health from the lens of men’s weight loss because obesity is the single largest risk factor for men’s health conditions like prostate disease.
Tuva Health: Open source software that cleans and transforms messy healthcare data.
At Tuva Health, we make open source software that cleans and transforms messy healthcare data. We’re founded by Aaron Neiderhiser and Coco Zuloaga, former senior execs from Health Catalyst and Strive Health. We realized data transformation and data quality is the fundamental problem preventing the healthcare industry from building scalable data products.
Sophys health: Analytics Platform for EHR data
Sophys Health is an analytics platform that enables digital health companies to easily analyze their electronic health record data to predict patient outcomes. Our customers can analyze, visualize and build predictive models within a few minutes, without having to use any code. Built on FHIR® & SMART on FHIR® technology.
Spot: At-home lab tests via API
We provide everything needed to offer lab-analyzed diagnostic tests using at-home collection kits. Companies simply order tests via our API, and we handle the rest—the collection kits, the logistics, and the lab integrations.
Origami Therapeutics: Oral drugs to halt neurodegeneration
Origami Therapeutics, Inc. is a biotech company developing novel protein degraders with potential to delay or halt disease progression by eliminating toxic proteins from the body. Our drug discovery platform leverages our proprietary human disease models developed to select the small molecules with the best chance of clinical success. Our first indication is Huntington’s disease, a debilitating, progressive and ultimately fatal disorder caused by a genetic mutation. We have already identified small molecules that reduce the toxic mutated protein, suppress mutant protein-induced toxicities in human disease neurons and get into the brain. We anticipate that this approach will be broadly applicable to traditionally “undruggable” targets in other neurological diseases.
Engage Bio: mRNA Immunotherapies to Eliminate Cancer
Engage Bio is developing mRNA immunotherapies to eliminate cancer. Our founders have deep experience in immunotherapy development, including four drugs in the clinic, and in building mRNA therapeutics platforms. In the last four months, we have moved from concept to fully working drugs which have eliminated human tumors in mice. We achieve this by delivering mRNA directly to the tumors, providing instructions for these cells to make and gradually release our drugs. This local therapy allows us to completely eliminate the cancer while sparing distant healthy tissues.
Nest Genomics: Genomic medical record to manage results for life
Nest Genomics is software for health systems that automatically creates personalized care plans for patients who had genetic testing. For example, if someone is at risk for breast cancer, we provide a personalized plan that includes imaging, referrals to specialists and medication that can help prevent cancer.