FemTech Focus

FemTech Focus

Femtech experts talk about the innovative technology, services, and products that are improving women's health and wellness.

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Improving womxn’s quality of life, one pelvic floor at a time with Hyivy Health – Episode 67

Rachel Bartholomew is the CEO and Founder of HyIvy Health, a pelvic rehabilitation company with products for women who have pelvic cancers and diseases to help improve sexual recovery after a devastating diagnosis, treatment or surgery. They are the first company to perform therapy while also tracking data in real time on pelvic health. She is a previous founder and has is worked in the entrepreneurship, tech and innovation space all 3 of which are areas she is extremely passionate about. Rachel earned her Bachelor's of Commerce from York University and Master’s in Entrepreneurship & Technology from University of Waterloo. We discussed Rachel's personal journey with cervical cancer, pelvic floor examinations, Hyivy's IoT vaginal wand, pelvic floor health issues and gender reassignment surgery. Check out Hyivy Health at Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 30, 2020

BOOBS 101 with Dr. Brittany Barreto & Dr. Julie Hakim

On this episode, FemTech Focus's co-founders, Dr. Brittany Barreto and Dr. Julie Hakim are back again with the BODY 101 series! This time they discuss the beautiful, milk-producing and tender breasts. This episode includes everything from breast anatomy to how to examine your breasts, nipple discharge and common breast issues. Tune in and let's be breast-ies! Check out FemTech Focus at Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 28, 2020

Solace Therapeutics’s de-stressing solutions for Stress Urinary Incontinence- Episode 66

Bill Gruber is currently the President and CEO of Solace Therapeutics, an emerging women’s health company focused on a revolutionary non-surgical office based treatment for unexpected bladder leaks, the primary symptom of female Stress Urinary Incontinence (SUI). Bill was the President and CEO of Interlace Medical. While at Interlace he raised over $28MM in venture capital for the development and launch of devices for the treatment of Abnormal Uterine Bleeding caused by fibroids. The company was purchased by Hologic in 2011. Bill began his career in sales and marketing roles at Procter and Gamble before transitioning into the medical device sector. We discussed the types of urinary incontinence, what is the urethral sling, product design in FemTech and how to convince investors to care about women's health & wellness. Check out Solace Therapeutics at Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 25, 2020

Improving access to safe abortions around the world with Vitala Global – Episode 65

Dr. Roopan Gill is an obstetrician gynecologist with expertise in family planning and abortion care and also the Co-Founder & Executive Director of Vitala Global. Dr. Gill is a Women’s Health Advisor for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF), Paris section and has worked as an emergency obstetrician gynecologist in Nigeria and Yemen and has supported projects in countries such as Malawi, Chad and Pakistan. She works with the World Health Organization (WHO) as a Medical Director, providing technical expertise to its Department of Sexual and Reproductive Health Research. Her research interests include human-centered design, innovative approaches to improving abortion access, sexual and reproductive health in humanitarian contexts and knowledge translation to improve health policy. She completed her training in Canada and holds a Masters in Public Health in Global Health from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. We discussed reproductive health for adolescent girls, self-managed medication abortions and did some abortion myth-busting. Check out Vitala Global at Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 23, 2020

Daré Bioscience is daring to be different – Episode 64

Sabrina Johnson is the founder, CEO and is a member of the Board of Directors of Daré Bioscience, a clinical-stage biopharmaceutical company committed to the advancement of innovative products for women’s health. Daré in Italian, it means“ To Give” while Dare in English, it“ To be Bold.” Sabrina has had an extensive career in healthcare industry and bringing products to market. She previously served as President of WomanCare Global Trading, Chief Financial Officer of Cypress Bioscience, Inc. Sabrina has a Masters of International Management degree with honors from the American Graduate School of International Management (Thunderbird), a MSc in Biochemical Engineering from the University of London, University College London and a BSc in Biomedical Engineering from Tulane University. We discussed the various products currently in Daré Bioscience's portfolio, bacterial vaginosis, female sexual arousal disorder andbarriers in bringing FemTech products to market.
November 18, 2020

Smashing the taboo of menopause with Elektra Health – Episode 63

Jannine Versi is the COO & Co-Founder of Elektra Health. Elektra Health is on a mission to smash the menopause taboo by empowering women with world-class, evidence-based care, education and community. We’re building a movement to bring high-quality hormonal healthcare into the 21st century alongside some of the best investors in the space. Two million women enter menopause every year in the US. A majority face the transition unprepared, unsupported and under-cared for, just when they need it most. Prior to Elektra Health, she worked at Google, The White House National Economic Council, the U.S. Department of Commerce and Cityblock Health. Jannine earned her BA in International Relations & History from University of Pennsylvania and her MBA from Harvard Business School. In this episode we discussed integrative care with menopause, the history of hormone therapy and breathing techniques for hot flashes.
November 16, 2020

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FemTech Focus

The FemTech Focus Podcast with Dr. Brittany Barreto is a meaningfully provocative conversational series that brings femtech experts - including doctors, scientists, inventors, and founders - on air to talk about the innovative technology, services, and products (collectively known as femtech) that are improving women's health and wellness.

Though many leaders in femtech are women, this podcast is not specifically about female founders, nor is it geared toward a specifically female audience. The podcast gives our host, Dr. Brittany Barreto, and guests an engaging, friendly environment to learn about the past, present, and future of women’s health and wellness.
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Brittany Barreto, PhD

Brittany Barreto, PhD

Dr. Brittany Barreto is the unconventional serial entrepreneur that proves that anything is possible with hard work and heart. While finishing her PhD in genetics at Baylor College of Medicine, Brittany became the CEO and Co-Founder of the revolutionary dating app Pheramor. The ambitious venture was the first nationwide DNA-based dating app to hit the market, reaching an eager audience that resulted in 50% growth, month over month. Brittany was also successful in fundraising $1.3 million for her startup, her founder’s journey took a pivot three years later when she embarked on a new path as the Senior Venture Associate at Capital Factory, a notable innovation player in Texas.

Under her leadership the Houston accelerator portfolio grew by an impressive 205%. It was also during this time that Brittany realized that Houston needed more former-founder mentors like herself to help usher in the next generation of Femtech startups. Dr. Brittany Barreto now has her sights on advancing the Femtech community through her latest world-changing venture - FemTech Focus.

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