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“Women of Sex Tech president Alison Falk tested the live stream on YouTube on Friday evening. After four minutes of streaming with a speaker in the UK, the stream was cut off for violating community guidelines. “I was so confused, I thought it had to be a glitch considering there was no mention of sex or adult content at that time,” Falk told Motherboard.”

Highlights 

UK menopause startup Astinno gets a $450K grant to continue work on its wearable; YouTube faces criticism for removing a sextech conference from their platform; HITLAB announces the finalists of the Women’s Health Tech Challenge; Mom-focused content startup Motherly raises $5.4M as it expands into commerce; Women of Wearables announces Femtech Forum 2020, a global virtual conference about femtech; Mount Sinai deploys Google Nest cameras for COVID-19 patient monitoring and communication; Carrot publishes a report and employer handbook about the state on fertility care in the US; Fitbit launches a large-scale “heart study” to understand whether their devices can screen for atrial fibrillation; Wellth raises a $10M Series A 

Company Spotlight 

The finale of HITLAB’s Women’s Health Tech Challenge is around the corner, so we thought we’d introduce you to the finalists. Curious, who will take home the big price? You can attend the pitching event on May 21.

Bloomer Tech is the company behind the world’s only multi-lead ECG heart health wearable bra.

Dioptra is redesigning and rebuilding the speculum.

Infiuss is a blood bank management system that connects hospitals with blood banks to hospitals without blood banks.

Presque is a B2B and B2C femtech startup developing a series of need-specific smart wearable lactation aids to mitigate unwanted early weaning.

In the Know

Investments in the Early Stage Femtech Ecosystem in Times of COVID-19 (Femtech Insider)

Women and Weed: A History of Cannabis and Women’s Health (Leafly)

Female Founders Face Funding Hurdles amid the Pandemic (Pitchbook)

The Opportunities for Female Leadership in Health and Technology (MobiHealthNews)

How Pandemics End (NY Times)

Keeping Women’s Health Essential despite COVID-19 Shortages (CNN)

Melinda Gates: How Rethinking Caregiving Could Play a Crucial Role in Restarting the Economy (Washington Post)

Australian Artist Ellie Kammer Went Viral with Paintings of Her Endometriosis Pain (Buzzfeed)

The US Has No Idea How to Manage All the Health Data It’s Collectiong (MIT Technology Review)

Who’s Hiring? 

The Cusp is looking for a Marketing Lead.

Natalist is hiring a Product Development Lead.

Oura is looking to hire a Director of Social.

Revel is looking for a VP od Engineering.

Flo is looking for an Infrastructure Engineer.

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