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“Alydia Health is thrilled to join Organon as we hold a similar vision to bring technology and therapeutic solutions to market that can improve outcomes for women in need across the globe. Our goal is to help make childbirth safer for more women. With critical gaps in maternal care, we believe this acquisition will potentially accelerate the delivery of the Jada System to more women and communities in need.” Rob Binney, Alydia Health CEO

Highlights

Merck’s women’s health spinoff Organon Announces the acquisition of maternal health company Alydia Health.

Gabbi raises a $500K pre-seed round to decrease delayed diagnosis of preventable diseases starting with breast cancer.

Sexual Wellness company Awkward Essentials raises a $2.3M seed round to further commercialization of Dripstick.

Béa Fertility raises £800K to bring at-home fertility treatments to the UK.

Femtech startup Yoppie raises a £1.2M seed round to personalize period care.

Cleo raises a $40M Series C to fuel growth and launch new products for working families and their employers.

Tia and CommonSpirit Health team up to deliver integrated, person-based care for women.

Women First Digital launches Ally, the world’s first abortion virtual assistant on WhatsApp.

Natera and Tesis Labs announce a strategic collaboration on prenatal genetic testing.

Israeli femtech company MobileODT is supporting a large scale government cervical cancer screening project in the Dominican Republic.

Women’s Brain Project co-founders publish a new book on sex and gender differences in diseases of the brain and mind.

Ava launches a first clinical trial to evaluate the effectiveness of its fertility tracking sensor bracelet in real-time, pre-symptomatic detection of COVID-19.

Dr. Adrienne Day joins women’s health biotech Celmatix’s Strategic Advisory Board.

Virtue Labs introduced Flourish to help women combat female hair loss.

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In the Know

Rock Health’s Q1 Digital Health Funding Report (Femtech Insider)

Too much money in digital health? (Out of Pocket)

Why Experts Say the Information Blocking Ban Will Be a Game Changer for Patients (Fierce Healthcare)

The Therapy App Phantasy (The Cut)

Let’s Talk About Sex(tech) (Trends.co)

What it’s like to have a baby during a pandemic (Second Opinion)

What if Hims had been born Hers…? (Medium / Rachel Braun Scherl)

‘Equal pay’ won’t be truly equal until fertility care is covered. (Fortune)

Is the MENA region ready for femtech? (Wamda)

Women-Run Health Care Startups Finally Break Through with Venture Investors (Inc.com)

Is ‘Femtech’ the Next Big Thing in Healthcare? (NY Times)

Elvie’s Tania Boler on breaking down taboos and carving our space in a male-cnetric world (Glamour)

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