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FemTech Focus

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

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HerShare, a new femtech-specific angel network – Ep 190

Milena Bacalja Perianes is a femtech expert and gender lens investing specialist. Having worked across the public and private sector to create women-centered products, programmes and financing instruments. She is committed to driving more innovation and investment into women's health solutions that can close the gender gap. With an MPHIL in Gender Studies from the University of Cambridge, she is the co-founder of Madami and the Menstrual Health Hub (the latter being recently acquired) and founder of soon to be launched HerShare, a femtech focused angel investing network.Madami is a purpose-driven advisory and innovation agency specialising in tailored consulting services in femtech, sextech and gender lens investing. HerShare is a femtech focused angel investing network that seeks to close the gender wealth gap by supporting more women to become angel investors in female founded femtech companies.https://twitter.com/milenabacaljahttps://www.linkedin.com/in/milena-bacalja-perianes-4833a8b2/Social HandlesLinkedin: @FemTech Focus @Brittany BarretoTwitter: @Femtech_Focus @DrBrittBInstagram: @FemTechFocus @DrBrittanyBarretoFacebook: @FemTech Focus @Dr. Brittany BarretoFemTech Focus Bio:FemTech Focus is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded to bring awareness externally and internally for the FemTech industry and to empower the key stakeholders including entrepreneurs, investors, physicians, governments, and biopharma with resources and research to elevate women’s health and wellness globally. Subscribe and Donate: www.femtechfocus.orgFemTech Focus Podcast Description:The FemTech Focus Podcast with Dr. Brittany Barreto is a meaningfully provocative conversational series that brings women's health experts - including doctors, scientists, inventors, and founders - on air to talk about the innovative technology, services, and products that are improving women, female, and girl's health and wellness, collectively known as FemTech. The podcast gives the host, Dr. Brittany Barreto, and guests an engaging, friendly environment to learn about the past, present, and future of women’s health and wellness.  
December 5, 2022

How pregnancy affects the brain – Ep 189

Dr. O’Neal is an expert in Women’s Neurology. She serves as the Director of the Women’s Neurology Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. Further, she’s written multiple papers on this subject and edited several books including: the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Continuum edition of “Neurological Illness in Pregnancy”, “Women’s Neurology- what do I do now?”, the Neurologic Clinics edition on the “Neurology of Pregnancy” and “Neurology and Psychiatry of Women: A Guide to Gender-based Issues in Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment”. She also directs a Harvard Medical School course in Women’s Neurology and Psychiatry and for many years directed the Neurology of Pregnancy course at the AAN.
November 28, 2022

Caring for your breast health with Complex Creatures – Ep 188

Breast wellness starts here. Complex Creatures is a first-of-its-kind breast wellness brand that makes topical and ingestible products to support breasts. Through products, education and community, we're building the final frontier of personal care. Founded by industry marketing veterans, whose lives were impacted by breast cancer, we are bringing solutions to a much-neglected space. Women mostly pay attention to their breasts when there's a problem. We want to make breast care a regular practice, in the same way you take care of every other body part. We believe taking care of this part of our bodies should be easy, positive and accessible. Join us on this exciting journey to raise awareness and improve breast health for all women.
November 21, 2022

Ida Sports designs the first female athletic cleat – Ep 187

Laura Youngson is a STEM advocate, TED speaker, and four-time Guiness World Record Holder. After completing her physics degree at Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship in Melbourne, Australia, she worked at the 2012 Olympics and was immediately drawn to the power sport had in bringing people together. She’s always held a desire to make a lasting mark in sports and set out to do just that when she founded Ida Sports, makers of soccer cleats designed specifically for women, and Equal Playing Field, a nonprofit initiative challenging gender inequality in sports.Ida Sports makes soccer cleats fit for female athletes because women and men's feet are different and more options are needed! From players looking for more comfort so they can focus on their game, to parents or coaches looking out for their players' health and safety, Ida Sports is changing the game for women and girls around the world.IG @idasportsTW @idasportsco @laurayoungson Podcast Link: https://link.chtbl.com/FemTechFocusSocial HandlesLinkedin: @FemTech Focus @Brittany BarretoTwitter: @Femtech_Focus @DrBrittBInstagram: @FemTechFocus @DrBrittanyBarretoFacebook: @FemTech Focus @Dr. Brittany BarretoFemTech Focus Bio:FemTech Focus is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded to bring awareness externally and internally for the FemTech industry and to empower the key stakeholders including entrepreneurs, investors, physicians, governments, and biopharma with resources and research to elevate women’s health and wellness globally. Subscribe and Donate: www.femtechfocus.orgFemTech Focus Podcast Description:The FemTech Focus Podcast with Dr. Brittany Barreto is a meaningfully provocative conversational series that brings women's health experts - including doctors, scientists, inventors, and founders - on air to talk about the innovative technology, services, and products that are improving women, female, and girl's health and wellness, collectively known as FemTech. The podcast gives the host, Dr. Brittany Barreto, and guests an engaging, friendly environment to learn about the past, present, and future of women’s health and wellness. 
November 14, 2022

Sprout Pharmaceutical’s $1 Billion little pink pill – Ep 186

Cindy Eckert is a highly regarded entrepreneur, a strong advocate for female entrepreneurship, a pharmaceutical leader and one of the few women to have ever sold a company for a billion dollars. The New York Times called her pharmaceutical product the “drug of a generation” and Fortune called her a “tireless force of nature.” Associates of hers call her unapologetically pink.Over a distinguished 24-year career in healthcare, she started and sold two businesses for more than $1.5 billion. Having co-founded and sold Slate Pharmaceuticals, which redefined long lasting testosterone treatment for men, she launched Sprout Pharmaceuticals immediately thereafter. As Co-Founder & CEO of Sprout, the company broke through with the first ever FDA-approved drug for low sexual desire in women named Addyi — dubbed “female Viagra” by the media. In 2015, Cindy sold the company to Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $1b cash.  Everyone that was a part of the original Slate team was gifted shares in Sprout.Shortly after the sale, Valeant became the subject of media scrutiny for the rampant price inflation of their drugs and an SEC investigation related to accounting practices. Not one to sit idly by, Cindy negotiated to reacquire Addyi at no cost, in order to properly launch it into marketplace on her own terms. Not only did she reacquire the drug, she also secured a $25m loan from Valeant to fund initial operating expenses.Today, Cindy is focused on mentoring, investing in, launching and building other women-led or focused businesses. In 2016, she opened the doors to The Pink Ceiling — a cross between a VC firm, a ‘pinkubator,’ and a consulting enterprise — where she is CEO.  At The Pink Ceiling, she has personally invested $15m across 10 different health tech companies at various stages of development.Cindy’s work has been featured in countless major publications including The New York Times, Fast Company, Financial Times, Vanity Fair, Bloomberg, CNBC, CBS, Fox, Yahoo and on the cover feature of Entrepreneur Magazine. Cindy has been an invited speaker at Fortune’s Most Powerful Women, the Fast Company Innovation Festival, Ad Week, Inc. Magazine, and many more. She is on a mission to speak to as many women as possible about what it takes to achieve breakthrough business success. It’s no surprise that JJ Ramberg, the host of MSNBC’s Your Business says that “Cindy is one of our favorite guests. Though she has reached a level of success as a founder that most can only dream of, she is incredibly relatable and honest about what it takes to run a business.  She offers the perfect combination of inspiration and advice and it’s hard to come away from listening to Cindy speak without wanting to hear more.”https://thepinkceiling.com/ Podcast Link: https://link.chtbl.com/FemTechFocusSocial HandlesLinkedin: @FemTech Focus @Brittany BarretoTwitter: @Femtech_Focus @DrBrittBInstagram: @FemTechFocus @DrBrittanyBarretoFacebook: @FemTech Focus @Dr. Brittany BarretoFemTech Focus Bio:FemTech Focus is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded to bring awareness externally and internally for the FemTech industry and to empower the key stakeholders including entrepreneurs, investors, physicians, governments, and biopharma with resources and research to elevate women’s health and wellness globally. Subscribe and Donate: www.femtechfocus.orgFemTech Focus Podcast Description:The FemTech Focus Podcast with Dr. Brittany Barreto is a meaningfully provocative conversational series that brings women's health experts - including doctors, scientists, inventors, and founders - on air to talk about the innovative technology, services, and products that are improving women, female, and girl's health and wellness, collectively known as FemTech. The podcast gives the host, Dr. Brittany Barreto, and guests an engaging, friendly environment to learn about the past, present, and future of women’s health and wellness.  
November 7, 2022

Venture Capital investing in FemTech with Fusion Fund – Ep 185

Lu Zhang is the Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund, a renowned Silicon Valley based investor, a serial entrepreneur, and a Stanford Engineering alumna. Lu was recently selected as one of the Best 25 Female Early-stage Investors by Business Insider (2021). As one of the top female investors in America, Lu's story was a case study of the UN Women Leaders in Action series, she was a World Economic Forum – Young Global Leader (Class of 2018), as well as the Featured Honoree in VC of Forbes 30 Under 30 (2017). Prior to starting Fusion Fund, she was the Founder and CEO of a medical device company focused on non-invasive technology for the early diagnosis of Type II diabetes. Lu is a frequent speaker at tech events and conferences and also serves as a mentor and advisor to several tech innovation programs in Silicon Valley. Lu is the board member and chairman of the Youth Council of Future Forum and Future Science Award.Fusion Fund supports early-stage entrepreneurs who are looking to build globally disruptive companies using innovative technologies to drive systemic change. We are entering the next wave of technological advancement and foundational innovation is required to enable massive growth. With Fusion Fund’s technical and entrepreneurial backgrounds, we seek to support entrepreneurs who are building companies with strong technical barriers and advantages in their business models. Fusion Fund explores both established industries and nascent markets as we search for the next teams of entrepreneurs. Areas we have strong conviction include: network technology, connected industry, AI, Health + medical, deep [email protected] @luzhangvcPodcast Link: https://link.chtbl.com/FemTechFocusSocial HandlesLinkedin: @FemTech Focus @Brittany BarretoTwitter: @Femtech_Focus @DrBrittBInstagram: @FemTechFocus @DrBrittanyBarretoFacebook: @FemTech Focus @Dr. Brittany BarretoFemTech Focus Bio:FemTech Focus is a 501c3 non-profit organization founded to bring awareness externally and internally for the FemTech industry and to empower the key stakeholders including entrepreneurs, investors, physicians, governments, and biopharma with resources and research to elevate women’s health and wellness globally. Subscribe and Donate: www.femtechfocus.orgFemTech Focus Podcast Description:The FemTech Focus Podcast with Dr. Brittany Barreto is a meaningfully provocative conversational series that brings women's health experts - including doctors, scientists, inventors, and founders - on air to talk about the innovative technology, services, and products that are improving women, female, and girl's health and wellness, collectively known as FemTech. The podcast gives the host, Dr. Brittany Barreto, and guests an engaging, friendly environment to learn about the past, present, and future of women’s health and wellness.
October 31, 2022

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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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