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Pollie, your personalized telehealth to manage your hormonal conditions – Episode 107

Jane Sagui is the co-Founder at Pollie, a personalized telehealth marketplace that matches people with ovaries to hormonal health specialists. They make it easier to manage reproductive hormonal conditions like PCOS and endometriosis, as well as hormonal imbalance symptoms like infertility, acne, hair loss, irregular periods, blood sugar imbalances, PMS, cramping, and more. Jane holds a Bachelor of Arts in Government from Georgetown University. Femtech Focus listeners can participate in Pollie's pilot PCOS program for 20% off with the code "FEMTECH21" by signing up at the following link: https://www.pollie.co/pcos-eligibility Check out Pollie at www.pollie.co Rate, Review & Subscribe!
April 15, 2021
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Philantropic menstrual and sexual health investors, The Case for Her – Episode 106

Wendy Anderson and Cristina Ljungberg are the Co-Founders of The Case for Her, a philanthropic investment portfolio addressing the key women’s health issues of menstruation and sexual health and pleasure through grants, investments, convenings, and advocacy. Founded in 2017, The Case for Her brings together decades of experience working and investing in women’s health and rights. This dynamic and flexible portfolio spans the globe and includes investments in product companies, tech innovations, research initiatives, and grassroots organizations. Wendy is a graduate of Queen’s University in Ontario, Canada. Wendy Anderson spent over a decade working in the financial industry before transitioning to strategic philanthropy. In 2009, she became founder and director of Futura Foundations, Social Initiatives. Wendy chairs the board at Be Girl, a mission-driven menstrual products company, is an active board member of Women Moving Millions and sits on the advisory board of Saral Designs. Cristina Ljungberg has a Master’s in Biotechnology from Northwestern and an MBA from Dartmouth College and this combined expertise in business and healthcare has propelled her nearly two-decade journey in health and philanthropy. Before The Case for Her, Cristina spent five years on the Board of Directors for Global Grassroots and established the nonprofit foundation Giving Wings in 2010. In 2016, Cristina became a founding member of the Maverick Collective, an initiative to eliminate extreme poverty created by Population Services International (PSI) in partnership with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In addition to her work with women’s health, Cristina is also a Partner at Influence Film—a foundation, investment fund and online platform that supports feature-length documentary film production. She is also an active board member of Acumen, a leader in the impact investment space and AFRIpads, a Ugandan manufacturer of reusable menstrual pads. Check out The Case for Her at thecaseforher.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
April 12, 2021
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Your Daye's CBD-infused tampons are soothing your menstrual pain – Episode 105

Valentina Milanova is the CEO and Founder of Your Daye, a female health research and development company on a mission to bridge the gender gap in product innovation. She founded and scaled the company through its clinical validation, regulatory approvals, proprietary in-house manufacturing, the creation of our unique brand, and the launch of our tampons in D2C and retail. She also developed the company’s product portfolio across period care, vaginal health screening and improved contraception. Prior to Your Daye, Valentina worked in Techstars UK and Founders Factory. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Economics, Business & Law from University of Buckingham and also her Master of Laws in International and Commercial Law from the University of Buckingham too. We discussed Valentina's personal story with painful periods, what Daye is doing to fight menstrual pain, the process of using CBD for feminine care products and convincing physicians about other solutions for menstrual pain. Check out Your Daye at yourdaye.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
April 11, 2021
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Your trusted guide for your hair care journey, Black Hair Management – Episode 104

Nnenna Umelloh is the Founder and CEO of Black Hair Management, a wellness brand with hair care at the center. They function as a trusted guide in the natural hair care journey and ship high-quality hair care and wellness products based on their hair texture and lifestyle. Their goal is to help women grow healthy hair. Prior to launching B.H.M, Nnenna was a Higher Education Consultant and taught students how to go to college, grad school, or trade school with scholarships based on personal experience. She has earned over $100,000 in scholarships to graduate debt-free in the United States and in the United Kingdom with her bachelors and masters. She also has created a 2 hours online scholarship course and published a book on scholarships. We discussed Nnenna's personal experience with her own hair care, confidence of knowledge for hair care and pubic hair care. Check out Black Hair Management at www.blackhair.management Rate, Review & Subscribe!
April 5, 2021
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Hot and Cold therapy packs for your privates with Private Packs – Episode 103

Suzanne Sinatra is the CEO and Founder of Private Packs, a New York City based FemTech company. A former Event Planner turned Accidental Entrepreneur. Private Packs has reimagined the therapy pack and sculpted it for the intimate areas to deliver discrete wearable and reusable comfort. Private Packs was born out of a traumatic Brazilian waxing incident that prompted Suzanne to design a product that currently was an unmet need in the marketplace and aims to transform the healing process for women in their most sensitive areas, specifically after childbirth, bikini waxes, intercourse, and surgery. We discussed her personal journey launching Private Packs, prototyping for her product, secret sauce compared to competitors and transforming the sex lives of women. Check out Private Packs at privatepacks.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
April 5, 2021
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GenZs on a mission to make your periods more sustainable with Viv for your V – Episode 102

Katie is the Founder & CEO of Viv for your V. Katie grew up in Tampa, Florida with a big Egyptian-American family. She graduated from Boston College where she studied Marketing and Managing Social Impact. Katie combined her passion for women empowerment and sustainability to create Viv for your V. Katie’s experiences in marketing, creative strategy, and nonprofit work have shaped her to build this mission-driven brand. Both Katie & Viv for your V have been featured in Forbes, Her Campus, Medium, Ramona, The Boston Globe and Harness magazine. We discussed building a mission-driven brand, FemTech supply chain management advice and patenting your idea. Check out Viv for your V at vivforyourv.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
March 29, 2021
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Advocating for menstruation education around the world with DaysForGirls – Episode 101

Celeste Mergens is the founder and CEO of Days for Girls International, an award-winning NGO that works to shatter stigma and limitations associated with menstruation for improved health, education and livelihood outcomes. To date, Days for Girls has reached more than 2.1 million women and girls in 144 countries on 6 continents with quality, sustainable menstrual care solutions and health education. Celeste is a sought-after speaker who has been featured in Oprah’s O Magazine and Forbes, among other top-tier publications. She was recently named an AARP Purpose Prize Award winner, a Conscious Company Global Impact Entrepreneur of the year and Women Economic Forum’s Woman of the Decade. We discussed the lack of proper feminine menstrual products for many menstruators around the world, the menstrual shame, menstrual education and advocacy. Check out Days For Girls at daysforgirls.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!
March 25, 2021
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Evidence-based testing before pregnancy with PreConception – Episode 100

Kristy Goodman is the Co-founder and CEO of PreConception Inc, an online service that provides consumer-driven preconception testing for women planning a pregnancy. Kristy earned a Bachelor of Science in Exercise Science with a minor in Health and Wellness from the University at Buffalo and completed a dual-degree program at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey where she earned a Master of Science in PA Studies and a Master of Public Health in Health Education and Behavioral Science. Kristy completed a postgraduate fellowship in Ob/Gyn and has worked in a variety of women's health settings providing preconception and prenatal care, emergency obstetric triage, labor and delivery services, and infertility evaluation and treatment. We discussed postpartum hemorrhage, what is pre-conception care, the importance of pre-conception testing, and the most common medicines women take before pregnancy. Check out PreConception at preconceptiontest.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
March 23, 2021
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Reducing vaginal infections with Vapiplug – Episode 99

Teneha Brown is the CEO & Founder of VagiPlug, a woman’s protective plug that assists with the reduction of vaginal infections associated with perfumed bathing soaps. As a Chemistry Pre-Med student at Xavier University, health-related issues have always been of interest to Teneha especially feminine-related health issues as they are understudied, underfunded, and sometimes misunderstood. Teneha holds a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry from Xavier University. Check out Vagiplug at www.vagiplug.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
March 18, 2021
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Manage Your Menopause Naturally with Maryon Stewart – Episode 98

Maryon Stewart is the author of "Manage Your Menopause Naturally" and 27 other books. A world-renowned healthcare expert, she has helped tens of thousands of women around the world overcome PMS and menopause symptoms without using drugs or hormones. In 2018 she was awarded the British Empire Medal and was recognized as one of the 50 most inspirational women by the Daily Mail. We discussed, natural solutions for PMS, managing menopause symptoms and more. Check out Maryon's book, Manage Your Menopause Naturally at www.maryonstewart.com/book Rate, Review & Subscribe!
March 15, 2021
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BONUS 9 – Nuvo's birthing the future of maternal-fetal healthcare

Debra Bass is a growth-oriented business and team leader who has built iconic brands at some of the world’s most admired Fortune 50 companies. Debra is currently President of the United States and Global CMO at Nuvo Group, an emerging leader in maternal-fetal health with a bold ambition to reinvent pregnancy care for the 21st century with new technology, tools, and practices that give every life a better beginning. Before joining Nuvo, Debra spent 15 years at Johnson & Johnson (J&J) Companies in a variety of commercial leadership roles, including President, Global Marketing Services at J&J Consumer Companies. Before joining J&J, Debra gained general and brand management training at Procter & Gamble, working on iconic brands such as Tide detergent and Cover Girl Cosmetics. Throughout her career, Debra has been committed to advancing women’s leadership. Debra holds a B.A. in Public Policy from Duke University and an M.B.A. in General Management from the University of Michigan, Ross School of Business. Check out the Nuvo at www.nuvocares.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
March 15, 2021
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Women-centered design and solving ergonomic problems for women with 4B Collective – Episode 97

Yvonne Lin is a designer and an expert at considering gender in developing compelling and functional solutions to complex design problems. She was named a Master of Design by Fast Company. Yvonne is a founder of 4B Collective and the Femme Den. She has designed numerous award-winning and best-selling products and services for clients such as Nike, Under Armour, Lego, Hasbro, UNICEF, Proctor & Gamble, Johnson & Johnson, PepsiCo, Nissan, and American Express. She is the inventor of more than 20 patents. In addition, she shares her knowledge by writing for Fast Company and teaching at Parsons. Previously, she was an Associate Director at Smart Design. She also spends a lot of time skiing, cooking, and dressing up her small kids in a variety of unwieldy and fuzzy outfits. We discussed examples of product designs that were not done with women in mind, designs for medical instruments, consumer products and consulting companies on women-centered design. Check out the 4B Collective at www.4bcollective.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
March 10, 2021
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Scar therapy and improving scar outcomes with Cicalux – Episode 95

Michel Alvarez is the Founder & CEO of Alvalux Medical SA and its USA spinout CicaLux Inc, an award-winning wearable for post-surgery scar therapy. Michel has 24 years of medical device industry experience in North America and Europe leading international teams, raising capital, and developing innovative medical devices from concept to market. His prior startup roles include: Founder & CEO of iSTAR Medical; co-Founder, CEO & Chairman of Healionics; and co-Founder & Director General of Medimexico (acquired by NxStage / Fresenius Medical Care). A passionate entrepreneur and patented inventor, he is excited about pioneering the next generation of wearable therapeutic devices to benefit patients. Michel earned an MBA from the University of Washington in Seattle, a BSc from San Francisco State University, and an AA from De Anza College in Cupertino CA. We discussed how to take care of scars, cesarean scars, how the Cicalux scar therapy works, and how to improve scar outcomes for women. Check out the Cicalux Inc. at www.cicalux.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
March 4, 2021
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Changing the benchmarks for heart diease with WomenHeart – Episode 96

Celina Gorre is the CEO of WomenHeart: the National Coalition for Women with Heart Disease. WomenHeart’s mission is to improve the health and quality of life of women living with or at risk of heart disease and to advocate for their benefit. Prior to WomenHeart, Celina served as executive director of the Global Alliance for Chronic Diseases (GACD). In that role, she led the GACD Secretariat team based in London. She was also the managing director of the Foundation for the United Nations Global Compact and worked with the United Nations Populations Fund and UNICEF in Angola as a senior HIV/AIDS advisor. She consulted the government of Angola on its HIV strategy, child survival, and nutrition programs, and local companies on their social and community investments. She earned her Bachelor's in Psychology and Masters in Public Health from UCLA and Masters in Public Administration from Harvard University. In this episode, we discussed stresses that women experience that contribute to heart diseases, the importance of knowing your body intimately, the lack of symptoms for high blood pressure, and prevention of hypertension. Check out the WomenHeart at www.womenheart.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!
March 1, 2021
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Clementine is improving women's emotional wellbeing with their hypnotherapy app – Episode 94

Kim Palmer is the CEO and Founder of the hypnotherapy app Clementine, which aims to improve the emotional wellbeing of women all over the world. Born after Kim experienced a number of panic attacks whilst pregnant, Clementine has been created to make women feel calmer, more confident, and better equipped to cope with everyday life. The hypnotherapy sessions available on the Clementine app can be used to boost confidence or help you return to sleep by guiding you to a relaxed state, similar to daydreaming, and suggests new ways to deal with everyday grievances; allowing you to kick back and continue your daily routine. Kim is listed as one of the top 100 women in Fem Tech & Health Tech and winner of the IPA Campaign Women of Tomorrow in 2018, which recognises female industry leaders of the future. Whilst working at Wunderman Thompson as a strategy director, Kim also helped some of the world’s biggest brands with their global marketing campaigns and was able to develop her personal resilience and kick-start a women’s mentoring programme. We discussed what is hypnotherapy and how it functions in an app, emotional wellbeing in the FemTech lens, self-confidence and self-esteem. Check out the Clementine at www.clementineapp.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
March 1, 2021
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Live stress-free with Emme's smart birth control case system- Episode 93

Amanda French is the Co-Founder and CEO of Emme, a contraception company home to the Emme Smart Case system that automatically tracks when a user takes their pill and reminds them when you don't, so they can live stress-free. Amanda has over a decade of experience bringing innovative products to the market with a focus on women’s health, including a product that facilitated the distribution of antiretrovirals to mothers in the developing world which was recognized by Hilary Clinton and won USAID’s Saving Lives at Birth Grand Challenge. She also developed heart valve technology as an R&D engineer with Edwards Lifesciences and went on to develop state-of-the-art hearing aids at Earlens. Amanda was a 2016-2017 Innovation Fellow at the Stanford-Byers Center for Biodesign, and a Ferolyn Fellow in 2018-2019 with the Fogarty Institute for Innovation. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University. We discussed the barriers to accessing contraception, fundraising by grants, research and investment in FemTech. Check out the Emme at www.emme.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
February 24, 2021
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Parentbirth and reproductive justice with Robyn – Episode 92

Allison Kasirer is the Founder and CEO of Robyn, a company on a mission to make maternal wellness and education accessible to all. Today, Robyn is a digital platform for aspiring, expecting, and new parents featuring 200+ meticulously selected providers across specialized fields including acupuncture, nutrition, lactation, mental and physical health and personal coaching. Robyn has also launched Parentbirth™, a modern and inclusive virtual childbirth education class featuring real stories and parent-centric care. Prior to launching Robyn, Allison was a Vice President at J.P. Morgan’s Corporate & Investment Bank. She holds a Bachelor of Applied Science from the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Engineering and Applied Science. We discussed maternal mental health, FemTech marketplace, "Parentbirth" and reproductive justice. Check out the Robyn at www.wearerobyn.co Rate, Review & Subscribe!
February 22, 2021
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Flushable eco-conscious femcare products with Planera- Episode 91

Dr. Olivia Ahn is the CEO and co-founder of Planera. Her indignation at the current femcare industry and a recent eco-convert makes for a good co-founder and a bad dinner guest. Olivia founded Planera as a result of mounting frustration with companies forcing the burden of waste onto us as individuals. She believes that a well-designed product should be intuitively simple to use and to dispose in a sustainable manner. Here, the flushable and biodegradable sanitary pad was born and three years of research and development later, Planera has launched the world's first and only certified flushable and 100% biodegradable sanitary pad. Planera's pads have a similar impact to toilet paper and give back the guilt-free choice and freedom to the consumer. Planera will be bringing a range of personal hygiene products to the market from 2021. We discussed how Planera products work, the double-standards for pads among the genders, the eco-conscious responsibility in the femcare space and material engineering in FemTech, Check out the Planera at www.planera.care/ Rate, Review & Subscribe!
February 19, 2021
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Creating a more equitable future in healthcare with MavenClinic & Equity Quotient – Episode 90

Dr. Jane van Dis, MD, is an Ob Hospitalist, Medical Director at MavenClinic, Co-Founder of Equity Quotient, Co-Founder of OB Best Practice in partnership with OBGProject, and a Co-Founder of TIME'S UP Healthcare. Dr van Dis also co-admins the non-profit OB Mom Group – a group of 4800+ women ObGyns. She is a national expert and speaker on equity in healthcare, as well, she currently advises 4 health care startups and was recently selected to serve as a medical advisor to Europe’s first FemTech accelerator, FemTechLab, and is a medical advisor with Portfolia. She is a single mom to twins Brooklyn and Miles. We discussed the doctor that changed her life, accessibility in healthcare and telehealth and how to create more equity in healthcare. Check out the Maven Clinic at www.mavenclinic.com/ and Equity Quotient at www.eqmedicine.com/ Rate, Review & Subscribe!
February 16, 2021
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OYA Apparel, leggings that are actually kind to your vulva and vagina – Episode 89

Mitchella Gilbert is the Founder & CEO of OYA Apparel, a FemTech apparel company on a mission to create technical clothes that support women’s health. OYA, aims to provide give all women more control over their health and create safe spaces to discuss feminine care. Based out of UCLA and born in a fashion lab, OYA engineers for women’s health, style, functionality, and comfort. Think: breathable, silky, leak absorbent, and curve shaping. Mitchella earned her Bachelor of Arts in Public Policy from The University of Chicago and is currently pursuing her Masters in Business Administration from the University of California - Los Angeles. We discussed the relationship between bacterial vaginosis and leggings, diversity in the apparel industry and societal pressures in the apparel industry. Check out the OYA Leggings at www.wearoya.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
February 10, 2021
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Calibrate your Vertigo with Cali Balance- Episode 88

Quinn Edgecomb is a the Founder and CEO of Cali Balance, Inc. and leads a team who are developing CALI to alleviate the burdens of life with Benign Proximal Positional Vertigo (BPPV, commonly referred to as vertigo). Cali is a human centered designed product enabling people to perform vertigo alleviating maneuvers effectively, independently, and accurately. Outside of Cali Balance, she also works at Brochsteins, where she program machines to turn creative designs into real woodworking products and furniture. Quinn earned her Bachelor of Science in Industrial Design from the University of Houston. We discussed benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV), how prevelant vertigo is in women, physical therapy for vertigo and the dix-hallpike test. Check out the Cali Balance at www.calibalanceinc.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
February 8, 2021
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Gender-affirming care with Plume – Episode 87

Dr. Jerrica Kirkley is the Co-founder and Chief Medical Officer of Plume. She's also a mom, physician, trans woman, educator, fierce social justice advocate and lover of all things athletics and the outdoors. She started Plume, the first health technology company dedicated to the transgender community, to radically redefine the way healthcare is delivered and to ensure that every trans person in the US has access to gender-affirming care at the convenience of a smart phone. She has provided training on gender-affirming care around the country to academic institutions, community health centers, private clinics and national conferences. She grew up in North Carolina and now lives in Denver, Colorado. She loves anything to do with bicycles, hiking, yoga and spending time with her 3-year old. Fun fact - She used to own a bike shop! We discussed access to care & discrimination in trans health, identity-based care, gender affirming care and inclusive healthcare. Check out the Plume at www.getplume.co Rate, Review & Subscribe!
February 3, 2021
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Fibroid Foundation legislation sponsored by VP, Kamala Harris – Episode 86

Sateria Venable is a patient advocate who was diagnosed with fibroids at the age of 26. After receiving the recommendation of a hysterectomy in her 20s, she was prompted to explore other options to manage her fibroid diagnosis. She began a quest for information, which led her to found The Fibroid Foundation. The Fibroid Foundation is a non-profit taking a multi-faceted approach to Fibroid education. By developing a collaborative partnership with fellow patients and healthcare providers, they are fostering a supportive relationship where informed women have proactive conversations with trusted providers on a regular basis. As a patient-founded organization, their unique insights layered with a unique mix of digital and in-person outreach drives exponential change. Sateria has been featured in the Washington Post and Huffington Post, and is published in the American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology. She holds a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Carnegie Mellon University. We discussed the variety of symptoms of fibroids, how women can get diagnosed and the fibroid bill. Check out the Fibroid Foundation at www.fibroidfoundation.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!
February 1, 2021
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Porn where women's pleasure comes first Afterglow – Episode 85

Lilly Sparks is the Co-Founder and COO of Afterglow, a porn company centered around female pleasure and the unabashed enjoyment of sex. Afterglow merges adult media and sexual wellness. Their mission is to create a comfortable home for pleasure on the internet and to cultivate the unabashed enjoyment of sex. Lilly is a serial entrepreneur who's grown 4 early-stage companies to millions of revenue. She saw a huge untapped opportunity in women's sexual wellness and decided to create afterglow and make porn that's good for you. We discussed how common it is for women to watch porn, women's spending power for adult content and helping women feel comfortable with their sexuality. Check out the Afterglow at www.xoafterglow.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
January 27, 2021
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A reminder to take your birth control, with Aavia and their smart pill case – Episode 84

Aagya Mathur is the Co-Founder & CEO of Aavia, a smart pill case and app that learns and improves pill-taking habits. The Aavia smart pill case knows when a user takes their pill and sends reminders to your app if it hasn't been taken your pill and will keep sending reminders until it's actually taken. The app automatically records what time a user takes the pill so they can visualize how they are managing their birth control pills over time. They are also regularly rolling out new features that allow users to gain personalized insights about their hormonal cycle over time with use. Aagya earned her Bachelor's in Neuroscience from the University of Virginia and her MBA from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. She has been honored Forbes 53 women-led startups disrupting health tech, Top 100 Women in FemTech and HealthTech, MedTech Boston 40 under 40 Healthcare Innovators, and BostInno's 50 on Fire. We discussed, what it means to "build in public", the Aavia smart pill case and the consequences of irregular intake of birth control. Check out the Aavia at www.aavia.io Rate, Review & Subscribe!
January 25, 2021
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Pro-sex, pro-porn, pro-knowing the difference with MakeLoveNotPorn- Episode 83

Cindy Gallop is the Founder & CEO of Make Love Not Porn, the world's 1st user-generated, human-curated social sex video sharing platform. Cindy has a significant reputation as a highly compelling and inspirational speaker at events and conferences all around the world. Cindy’s 30 years of experience in brand building, marketing and entrepreneurialism, combined with a razor-sharp analytical mind, wide-ranging business experience, future-forward approach to technology, a compellingly charismatic presence and a uniquely inspirational approach, equip her perfectly to address the theme of leadership and inventing the future across a range of business sectors. She earned her Master of Arts from University of Oxford and currently serves as an advisor for Awkward Essentials. We discussed MakeLoveNotPorn, the psychology of porn and starting a Sextech company. Check out the MakeNotLovePorn at makelovenotporn.tv Rate, Review & Subscribe!
January 20, 2021
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Brilliantly and the Thermodynamics of Reconstructed Breasts – Episode 82

Kristen Carbone is the Founder of Brilliantly, a company improving the lives to women that have been impacted by breast cancer. Brilliantly recently launched Brilliantly Warm, their first wearable designed for women who have had implant reconstruction after a mastectomy and feel constantly cold. Prior to Brilliantly, Kristen spent ten years working in the curatorial departments of museums throughout New York and New England, founded an artists' advocacy business and acted as the project manager for two business consulting companies. She earned her Bachelor of Science in Art History from Skidmore College. We discussed breast implants, preventative mastectomies & breast reconstruction, fundraising during COVID-19. Check out the Brilliantly at brilliantly.co Rate, Review & Subscribe!
January 19, 2021
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Rising above PTSD with Evren Technologies – Episode 81

Blythe Karow is the Co-Founder, President and CEO of Evren Technologies. They are working to advance the treatment of PTSD and other related issues through discreet, wearable products that fit into the user's daily life. They developed Phoenix, an earbud device that will be used to reduce symptoms of long-term PTSD, speed recovery from traumatic events, and improve quality of life by delivering tVNS therapy that responds to your own body’s signals. Blythe has over 20 years of experience in medical device strategy, product development, product launch, and marketing. Her prior experience includes work both as a consultant and with medical device companies, ranging from startups to Fortune 100s, including Medtronic, J&J, and Boston Scientific. She holds an MBA from the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration at the University of Virginia and a BS in Biomedical Engineering from Johns Hopkins University. We discussed neural modulation, neurostimulation, PTSD and treatments for trauma. Check out the Evren Technologies at www.evrenvns.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
January 13, 2021
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Microgenesis is using microbiota to help women get pregnant – Episode 80

Dr. Gabriela Gutiérrez is the founder, CEO & CSO of Microgenesis, a biotech company helping women discover the causes behind their fertility problems and recover to their full potential in order to get pregnant. Dr. Gutiérrez is a scientific researcher and molecular biologist by training and spent 15 years working on complex fertility cases globally with a main focus on Latin America and Spain. She holds a PhD in medicine from the University of Buenos Aires. We discussed the impact of microbiota on fertility, the importance of the microbiome, intestinal health and mRNAs. Check out the Microgenesis at www.microgenesis.net/en/ Rate, Review & Subscribe!
January 11, 2021
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Preventing bladder leaks before they happen with Privy- Episode 79

Evi Heilbrunn is the CEO of Privy, the first, women-led, feminine care company developing innovative and clinically proven solutions for women’s health issues ranging from bladder leaks to UTIs and yeast infections. The company was founded to bring to market the Finess softpatch, the first FDA-cleared, over-the-counter product that prevents light to moderate bladder leaks before they happen. Evi is a digital health leader and investor in FemTech. She has a proven track record of scaling early-stage products and audiences whether for health consumers or providers. She has worked for some of the largest digital health companies & brands in the world. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Pennsylvania. We discussed causes of bladder leaks, preventing bladder leakage & women having options for incontinence products. Check out the Privy at www.privywoman.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
January 6, 2021
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How “FemTech” came about, with Clue – Episode 78

Ida Tin is the co-founder and CEO of Clue, a mobile app that enables women and people with menstrual cycles to make good choices for themselves and live full lives not in spite of their biology but in tune with it. The app’s mission is to help people all around the world benefit from insights into female health. Ida is credited with coining the term "femtech". She was a speaker at prestigious conferences such as TechCrunch Disrupt in San Francisco, LeWeb in Paris, Slush in Finland and many more. We discussed the need for "FemTech", how the term came about and her journey of building Clue. Check out the Clue at www.helloclue.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
January 4, 2021
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FemTech 2020 Year in Review – BONUS #9

Since starting the podcast in early 2020, the listenership and FemTech Focus community has grown so much since then. In this episode, Dr. Brittany Barreto discusses the year in review from our successes to new discoveries. Check out FemTech Focus at www.femtechfocus.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!
January 1, 2021
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Cindy Gu, FemTech founder turned feminine energy coach – Episode 76

Cindy Gu is a feminine energy coach with a mission to elevate femininity as a source of power by helping high-impact women in tech create 5D success with inner alignment, abundance, and freedom, without compromising lifestyle goals to thrive in work and life. She was the previous founder of VITALI Wear, a bra startup founded with the mission to bring daily improvement to people's lives and make personalized health fashionable which has appeared on Mashable, VentureBeat, Engadget, Cosmopolitan and Conan O'brien's Show. Cindy earned herBachelor of Engineering from The University of British Columbia. We discussed feminine energy, founder burnout and what femininity looks like. Check out the Cindy's page at @the.femininecoach on Instagram Rate, Review & Subscribe!
December 30, 2020
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Egg donation matchmaking with Tulip Fertility & Donor Concierge – Episode 75

Gail Anderson is a Harvard-trained counselor with over 20 years of experience helping intended parents, and one of the fertility industry’s leading innovators and creative thinkers. After doing postgraduate research at Yale, she started two egg donor agencies, became the executive director of one of the top surrogacy programs in the United States, and founded Donor Concierge. Gail is a past Executive Director of the Society for Ethics in Egg Donation & Surrogacy. Tulip Fertility is a do-it-yourself online search platform helps intended parents navigate the challenging process of finding an egg donor through their proprietary database of almost 20,000 egg donors (nearly 90% of all U.S. donors). We discussed the ethics and process of egg donations & surrogacy. Check out the Tulip Fertility at www.tulipfertility.com and Donor Concierge at www.donorconcierge.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
December 28, 2020
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Trans Womxn’s Health – Episode 74

Claire Rosario is the User Experience & IT Infrastructure consultant at Hyivy Health, a rehabilitation company developing products to improve pelvic health for womxn and vaginas everywhere. She has worked in IT infrastructure for over a decade with clients and employers in various fields, including the financial, fashion, and non-profit sectors. A self-proclaimed “vagina hacker,” Claire contributes her expertise in engineering, network security, data compliance, and quality assurance to the advancement of vaginal health. She enjoys prototyping new hardware designs using her 3D printers and electronics. Claire brings a unique perspective to the challenges surrounding vaginal healthcare, being both a transgender woman of color and a patient who has gone through sexual reassignment surgery. In this episode we discuss gender reassignment surgery, the similarities between trans & cis women’s health, vaginal dryness and painful sex. More about Claire's at www.rosario.one and HyIvy at www.hyivy.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
December 23, 2020
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Hera Diagnostics is eradicating cervical cancer in developing communities- Episode 73

Teo Tijerina is the CEO of Hera Medical Devices, a cancer diagnostics startup currently focusing on bringing a cervical cancer screening tool to market. A bilingual Spanish/English executive with a career trajectory that spans organizational leadership, business development, marketing, corporate management, entrepreneurship, manufacturing, and innovation, he has been a Corporate Manager for Fortune 1000 companies and the Founder of for-profit and non-profit ventures. Teo has extensive experience in analysis, relationship building, creative problem solving, and leadership, and holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Stanford University. Teo is passionate about innovation and delivering value to health technology markets, and holds citizenship in both the United States and Mexico. We discussed accuracy of pap smears, HPV vaccines, InstaPAP, accessibility of pap smears in developing communities and symptoms of cervical cancer. Check out the Hera Diagnostics at www.hera-diagnostics.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
December 21, 2020
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Acessa Health, a Uterine Fibroids FemTech Exit – Episode 72

Kim Rodriguez was the President, CEO and Co-Founder of Acessa Health, Inc. who successfully sold to Hologic. Prior to Acessa Health, she served as president & CEO of Halt Medical. Prior to that, senior vice president of the Vascular Intervention business unit at Spectranetics, a publicly-traded cardiovascular company acquired by Royal Philips for $2.2B. Over the course of a 20+ year career in cardiology, radiology, vascular surgery, neurology and women’s health, Kim has been involved in the commercialization of dozens of innovative medtech technologies and M&A transactions. Kim received her Executive MBA at the University of Southern California Marshall School of Business and B.S. in Management from Pepperdine University. We discussed being a FemTech exit, uterine fibroids and hysterectomies. Check out the Acessa Health at www.acessaprocedure.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
December 16, 2020
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Turn liquid gold to powdered gold with Milkify – Episode 71

Dr. Berkley Luck & Pedro Silva are the Co-Founders of Milkify, the 1st breast milk freeze-drying service available direct to consumers in the United States. Their powdered breast milk does not have any additives or chemicals and can be stored on the shelf for 2 years while retaining it's vital nutritional and probiotic properties. Their service empowers new moms to breast feed for the entire first year of an infant's life by providing a more convenient way to pump at work, store their milk, and take it on-the-go. Dr. Luck has a PhD in Molecular Biology from Baylor College and her Bachelor’s in Microbiology from the University of Texas - Austin. Pedro received his Bachelor’s in Economics from Rice University and prior to Milkify has a background in finance and investment banking. We discussed how the freeze-dried breastmilk process works, the barriers for breastfeeding-working moms, the microbiome in pre-term babies and milk banks. Check out Milkify at www.milkify.me Rate, Review & Subscribe!
December 14, 2020
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Bloomlife is empowering moms on their pregnancy journey with data – Episode 70

Eric Dy is the Co-Founder of Bloomlife, a remote prenatal care platform combining technology, data science, and medical expertise with the goal of improving the quality of care for women, providers, and health plans. Eric Is a biomedical engineer turned business development manager turned entrepreneur specializing in application of mobile and wearable technology for health and wellness. Bloomlife's goal is to provide evidence-based solutions combining connected devices with data analytics to increase access to care, provide personalized feedback to moms, and help doctors earlier predict and manage pregnancy complications. We discussed the need for prenatal care, pre-term births, reasons for unecessary C-sections and the need for updated research in maternal health. Check out Bloomlife at www.bloomlife.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
December 9, 2020
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Check your head with HeadCheck Health- Episode 69

In this episode we interviewed both Kerry Costello and Rebecca Babcock. Kerry is the Co-Founder, COO & Product Owner of HeadCheck Health. She was a former athlete, with a wealth of expertise to her role, including extensive operations and multi-unit management for an international Fortune 500 company. She is also a University of British Columbia MBA graduate. Rebecca is a research reviewer for HeadCheck Health and graduated from the University of Otago in New Zealand with a Master’s in Bioethics and Health Law. Her thesis examined the ethical and legal issues surrounding concussion management. HeadCheck Health aims to improve outcomes for athletes by preventing mismanaged head injuries. Their tools help all those involved in the identification, management, and care of a suspected concussion. In this episode, we discussed how concussions differently affect women, CTE, concussions in women's sports. Check out Jubel at www.headcheckhealth.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
December 7, 2020
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With Jubel Health, you’re not alone on your fertility journey – Episode 68

Rachel Bond is the Founder and CEO of Jubel Health, a digital fertility platform which provides 24/7 access to personalized, unbiased, medically vetted information while keeping users connected to supportive resources like dedicated fertility coaches, community of peers and our panel of professional experts. Rachel earned her Master's in Accounting from Louisiana State University. We discussed personalized fertility coaching, the need for support in every woman's fertility journey and fertility planning. Check out Jubel at www.jubelhealth.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
December 2, 2020
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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 www.hyivy.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 30, 2020
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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 femtechfocus.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 28, 2020
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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 www.solacetx.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 25, 2020
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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 vitalaglobal.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 23, 2020
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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
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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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Making ovaries your muse with MUSE.CYCLES – Episode 62

Shara Raqs is the inventor and founder of MUSE.CYCLES. A guided experience to optimize one's hormone cycle for creative thinking, inspiration and pleasure. Prior to MUSE.CYCLES, Shara was a creative artist and former professional dancer. MUSE.CYCLES started as a personal experiment with everyday self-trackers which later turned into collaborations with other neuroscientists and a study with the Kriegsfield Neuroscience lab at Berkeley. In this episode we discussed how how fertility is linked to creativity, Shara's personal journey through self-tracking and filling the gap in research for women's brain health. Check out MUSE.CYCLES at discoveryourmuse.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 11, 2020
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Evofem Biosciences and the first ever non-hormonal contraception – Episode 61

Saundra Pelletier is the CEO of Evofem Biosciences, a biopharmaceutical company developing innovative women's sexual and reproductive health products.  In September 2020, Saundra led the successful launch of Phexxi – the first and only FDA-approved non-hormonal, female-controlled, on-demand prescription contraceptive vaginal gel.  Saundra is also advancing the Company’s pipeline product, EVO100, into a Phase 3 clinical trial for prevention of urogenital chlamydia and gonorrhea in women.  During her tenure, Saundra has led multiple equity financing rounds, raising more than $425 million in capital.  Prior to joining Evofem, Saundra founded WCG, a global non-profit organization focused on creating access to reproductive health products in over 100 developing countries.  Saundra is a breast cancer survivor, single mother, published author, skilled moderator, and coveted keynote speaker.  She was recently named to Inc. Magazine’s 2020 Female Founders 100 List. We discussed Phexxi's launch and becoming a public company. Check out Evofem at evofem.com and Phexxi at phexxi.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 9, 2020
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Fighting for equity in maternal health with Irth – Episode 60

Kimberly Seals Allers is an award-winning journalist turned speaker and advocate focused on advocating for equity in maternal and infant health. For the past seven years, she has ran on-the-ground community-partnered projects in Birmingham, AL, New Orleans, LA, Detroit and Philadelphia, to name a few, to better understand the lived experiences of birth and breastfeeding in low-income communities of color. Kimberly was recently named one of “21 Leaders for the 21st Century” for 2018 by Women’s eNews for her media advocacy work. Her fifth book, The Big Let Down—How Medicine, Big Business and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding was published by St. Martin’s Press in January 2017. Kimberly has appeared on Good Morning America, CNN, Anderson Cooper, the Tom Joyner Morning Show, Fox News and has been featured in various international and national media outlets, including The Guardian (U.K.), U.S. News & World Report, Essence, Black Enterprise, Pregnancy and in various online media properties. Kimberly is a graduate of New York University and Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism. We discussed black maternal health, disparities in maternal health, dismantling biases for all women's health and the intersection of policy & health. Check out Irth at birthwithoutbias.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 4, 2020
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Health Decisions changing the game for women’s health clinical studies – Episode 59

Dr. Andrea Lukes has an extensive career in women’s health ranging from being a board-certified OB/GYN to the Chief Medical Officer of Health Decisions. Dr. Lukes currently advises Health Decisions on the development and implementation of research protocols and communications to the FDA. Dr. Lukes has conducted and/or overseen more than 80 clinical trials of investigational women’s health products over the last ten years. Her articles have appeared in journals including the Obstetrics and Gynecology, the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology, the International Journal of Women’s Health, Cancer and Current Medical Research & Opinion and Drug Safety just to name a few. She also founded the Carolina Women’s Research & Wellness Center, co-founded and served as the Director of Gynecology for the Women’s Hemostasis and Thrombosis Clinic at the Duke University Medical Center and founded and chaired the OB/GYN Alliance, an online network of 8,000 OB/GYN physicians in the United States. We discussed heavy menstrual bleeding, clinical trials and barriers to getting women medical device getting approved. Check out Health Decisions at healthdec.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
November 2, 2020
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Livestrong is fixing everyday cancer problems – Episode 58

Suzanne Strong is the Chief Strategic Solutions and Programs Officer at Livestrong, an organization that is helping cancer survivors and their loved ones improve their quality of lives. They believe in putting the survivor first, by creating tools and resources to help ease the challenges of a cancer diagnosis. Suzanne is a graduate from Texas Christian University and started her career in the television industry, telling stories of the people and places which make Texas so unique. Over the years she started leading local non-profits in New York around the state like Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) and the Children’s Miracle Network. In this episode we discussed cancers that greatly affect women, the lack of innovation for mammograms and quality of life for all cancer patients. Check out Livestrong at livestrong.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!
October 28, 2020
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Why Twentyeight Health believes contraception should be free & accessible – Episode 57

Amy Fan is the Co-Founder, President & CPO of Twentyeight Health, a digital health platform on a mission to empower individuals with trusted information, affordable access and convenience for their reproductive and sexual health. They have partnered with Bedsider and the National Institute for Reproductive Health to donate 2% of their revenues to support their work to improve access to reproductive and sexual healthcare for underserved communities. Leading a DTC skincare & makeup startup, Amy was inspired by the focus on deeply understanding her customers by having a human-centric approach to healthcare and putting the patient first. Amy holds a Bachelor of Commerce from Queen’s University in Canada and a MBA & Master of Public Health from University of California, Berkeley. In this episode we discussed digital health platforms for underserved communities, the U.S. healthcare system and contraceptive deserts. Check out Twentyeight Health at twentyeighthealth.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
October 26, 2020
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Medicines360 is constructing healthcare for women everywhere – Episode 56

Dr. Jessica Grossman is the CEO of Medicines360, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit global women’s health pharmaceutical company with a mission to expand access to quality medicines for all women regardless of their socioeconomic status, insurance coverage or geographic location. Dr. Grossman is a seasoned industry executive and serial entrepreneur with a proven track record leading successful women’s health companies. Prior to joining Medicines360, she has founded Sense4Baby, Inc. and Gynesonics. Under her leadership, she invented and developed the first intrauterine ultrasound guided radio frequency ablation device for fibroid tumors. Dr. Grossman has performed research at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, one of the teaching hospitals of Harvard Medical School. In this episode we discuss increasing affordability and accessibility in women's health, equity in clinical studies and demystifying birth control. Check out Medicines360 at medicines360.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!
October 21, 2020
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VAGINA 101 with Dr. Brittany Barreto & Dr. Julie Hakim

On this episode, FemTech Focus's co-founders, Dr. Brittany Barreto and Dr. Julie Hakim discuss their favorite topic... the VAGINA! The magical, vital and self-cleaning organ that's part of the female reproductive system. From the anatomy & parts of the vagina to discharge, hymens and vaginal rejuvenation, Drs. Brittany & Julie share this educational episode to demystify common misconceptions and empower us with knowledge about our own vaginas! Check out FemTech Focus at femtechfocus.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!
October 19, 2020
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Celebrate World Menopause Day with The Cusp – Episode 55

Dr. Taylor Sittler is the co-founder & CEO of The Cusp, a digital platform that provides comprehensive, collaborative, compassionate menopause care that’s built around—and with—women. Their platform includes private chat options, 1-on-1 meetings with menopause specialists and personalized care plans. Taylor previously co-founded Color Genomics (now known as Color), a startup that created affordable genetic tests to help people understand their risk for hereditary cancer. He attended the University of Massachusetts Medical School, worked at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and then at University of California San Diego under a Howard Hughes Medical Training Fellowship. On this episode we discussed predicting menopause, education on menopause and getting men involved in femtech. Check out The Cusp at thecusp.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
October 19, 2020
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HITLAB’s Women’s Health Tech Challenge – Episode 54

On our first ever 3-way interview, we have Abby Stern and Savira Dargar from HITLAB. Abby was the Manager of the Women's Health Tech Initiative & Innovation Research & Evaluation and previously has a maternal and child health background with a Master's Public Health from Columbia University. Savira was the Deputy Director, Innovation Research, Strategy, & Compliance and the Director, Women’s Health Initiatives and has a clinical research background with a Master's degree in Health Policy & Economics from Cornell University. HITLAB is a research, advisory and educational organization focused in the digital health space and believe in the greater in academic research aiming to help people and startups in the community of digital health to gather the scientific knowledge needed to advance their technology. In this episode we discussed The Women's Health Tech Challenge, how public health relates to femtech and destigmatizing abortion. Check out HITLAB at hitlab.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!
October 14, 2020
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Portfolia’s 2nd Femtech fund & empowering womxn investors- Episode 53

Trish Costello is founder and CEO of Portfolia, which offers a radically different investing process designed for women and other emerging investors. She is also co-founder and CEO Emeritus of the Kauffman Fellows Program, Center for Venture Education, the global educational institute preparing the leaders of the venture capital industry, located in Palo Alto, CA. Portfolia brings investing into the 21st Century, creating entrepreneurial funds focused where women make markets, such as women's health, active aging, consumer, enterprise, food & agtech, and fashion, tech and beauty. The investing experience is smart, personalized, and educational, providing returns and market impact customized to your interests. Portfolia is building a powerful global community of sophisticated investors focusing their money and influence to build the world they want. In this episode we discussed how Portfolia came to be, the first ever femtech-focused fund and how to empower more womxn to be investors. Check out Portfolia at www.portfolia.co and to sign up for early access to their FemTech II Fund check out info.portfolia.com/femtech-ii Rate, Review & Subscribe!
October 12, 2020
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Hashiona pioneering the first ever app for Hashimoto’s disease – Episode 52

Eva Galant is the founder of Hashiona, the first all-in-one app for Hashimoto patients. Hashimoto patients are 90% female. Eva is a serial entrepreneur having co-founded 3 startups and experienced a small exit for one of her companies. She founded Hashiona after her own personal struggle with hashimoto disease at her previous startup. Eva earned her Bachelor of Science from West Pomeranian University of Technology and her Masters in Investment Management from University of London. In this episode we discussed Hashimoto's disease and how autoimmune diseases work, women disproportionately affected by it and how it deeply affects every aspect of one's life. Check out Hashiona at www.hashiona.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!
October 7, 2020
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Debunking the cranberry myth with Uqora – Episode 51

Jenna Ryan is the co-founder & CEO of Uqora, a urinary track health company that creates a range of products to support urinary track health for those fed up with heavy antibiotic rotations. Since 2017, Uqora has helped over 100,000 women get ahead of UTIs. Jenna graduated with a Bachelors of Art from UC Santa Barbara. In this episode Jenna shared her personal struggle with UTIs, we discussed the vaginal microbiome, debunking the cranberry myth and consequences of taking too much antibiotics to battle UTIs. Check out Uqora at www.uqora.com Rate, Review & Subsribe!
October 5, 2020
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“Connection” is the emotional food staple of life – Episode 50

Sheri Jacobs is the author of The Friendship Diet, a book about how women use food to cope with relationship troubles. She is a published, award-winning author, a certified and tenured NY teacher as well as a Texas certified teacher with ELA and ESL certification. She's also an active client of Pastorini-Bosby Talent Agency in Houston, TX with an extensive background performing on stage and in commercials and film. Sheri earned her Bachelor of Arts from Binghamton University and her Masters in English & Education from Stony Brook University. In this episode we got up close and personal with Sheri and I both opening up about their personal relationships and struggles with nutrition. We also discussed the correlation between unfilled relationships and self care, how loneliness is as dangerous as obesity and how you can "nourish" yourself. Check out Sheri's website at www.sheri-jacobs.com/book-bonus Rate, Review & Subscribe!
September 30, 2020
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Wild.AI is Unleashing the Beast in Womxn – Episode 49

Helene Guillaume is the founder & CEO of Wild.AI, a training app designed for womxn that is building the largest knowledge base of female datasets, across all ages, life stages and ethnicities. Starting with their B2C app, serving their first cohort of womxn: kickass females doing sports. Helene holds an Master’s Degree in Finance & Financial Risk Management from Audiencia Nantes Ecole de Management and a MBA from Universidad ESAN. She previously had an extensive career in financial services and consulting from working at BNP Paribas, Bank of America to Deutsche Bank. Wild.AI has been featured on Forbes, Wired and backed by Entrepreneur First and The Refiners. Wild.AI was also named one of the Top 10 London-based advanced digital technology startups to watch in 2020 by Digital Catapult. We discussed nutritional imbalances, maximizing your training while taking into account your menstrual cycle and the importance of building up research on a diverse range of womxn. Check out Wild.AI at www.wild.ai Rate, review & subscribe!
September 28, 2020
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Oova, your personal fertility translator – Episode 48

Dr. Amy Divaraniya is the co-founder & CEO of OOVA, a fertility tracking kit that allows couples to measure, track and predict ovulation cycles from home. Dr. Divaraniya has a PhD in Biomedical Sciences with a focus in Genetics and Genomics from Mount Sinai School of Medicine. In this episode we discussed how Oova works, the progesterone and luteinizing hormones and empowering women with their own fertility knowledge. Check out Oova at www.oova.life Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
September 23, 2020
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What they don’t tell you about postpartum with Cater to Mom – Episode 47

Marsha Stephanson is the founder & CEO of Cater to Mom, a monthly subscription box catered to the needs of moms during their fourth trimester, better known as postpartum. Their subscription boxes include monthly recovery essentials such as beauty or bath products, healthy snacks, books, self care tips and helpful postpartum care resources. Marsha is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, a degreed HR professional, an entrepreneur and she earned her BA from Ashford University in Human Resources Management. Cater to Mom was featured on Stories of Austin for highlighted Austin Entrepreneurs and won first place at the FordFund Pitch Competition 2019. In this episode we discussed Marsha's own struggle with postpartum depression, PTSD and what parents need & can expect postpartum. Check out Cater to Mom at www.catertomom.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
September 21, 2020
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Piloting Through Midlife with Terri Hanson Mead – Episode 46

Terri Hanson Mead is an experienced IT consultant, expert witness, angel investor, startup advisor, podcaster, YouTuber, and award-winning author of Piloting Your Life. Her award-winning book Piloting Your Life was written to embolden women over the age of 40 to take the controls and be the pilots in their own lives. Terri has spent over 20 years working in and with biotech, medical device, diagnostic and digital health companies on IT strategy, IT compliance, data integrity, and business/technology alignment to meet corporate objectives. She earned her BS & MBA from California Sate University-Hayward and also has a commercial pilot helicopter license. In this episode we discussed angel investing to expand the power and influence of women, how COVID-19 affects women and leveraging midlife as an opportunity, not a crisis. Check out Terri's website at www.terrihansonmead.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
September 16, 2020
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Lingerie for the beautiful & the brave with Everviolet – Episode 45

Keira Kotler is the CEO & Founder of Everviolet, an adaptive lingerie company that designs with the changes in a woman’s body following treatment for breast cancer and other meaningful life events in mind. Their lingerie are not only comfortable and functional but are also beautiful pieces of intimate apparel. Keira is a creative at heart, with a MFA in painting from the San Francisco Art Institute and has previously worked as a marketing professional. On this episode, Keira shares her journey after being diagnosed with breast cancer at age 40, Everviolet's mission with sustainability and developing products that adapt to women's ever-changing needs. Keira & Everviolet have been featured on top media platforms such as, Business Insider, Forbes and Create & Cultivate. Check out Everviolet at www.everviolet.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
September 14, 2020
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Meet Femtech Pioneer, Women of Wearables – Episode 45

Marija Butkovic is the Founder & CEO of Women of Wearables, a leading global organisation aiming to support, connect and mentor women and diverse groups in wearable tech, fashion tech, health tech and IoT with more than 20,000 members located across the globe. Marija is a digital marketing & business consultant and Forbes contributor who has worked across a range of projects in different industry sectors, including legal, journalism, tech, IoT, wearable tech and fashion tech. She has been featured in Forbes, TechCrunch, The Next Web, Huffington Post, was selected as one of the Most Influential Women in UK tech, Top 100 Influencers on Gender Equality & Diversity and Top STEM Entrepreneurs by Onalytica. We discussed women-centered design, what are wearables and data privacy in women's health research. Check out Women of Wearables at www.womenofwearables.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
September 11, 2020
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Women And Weed, with Colleen Fisher Tully- Episode 44

Colleen Fisher Tully is a freelance writer and editor. She writes content for magazine media, lifestyle websites, agencies and business clients (B2B and B2C). Her portfolio includes longform articles, web articles, ghostwriting, white papers, advertorial, blog posts, e-newsletters, landing pages, display copy, press releases, product descriptions and SEO. She has contributed numerous articles to Leafly with topics ranging from the history of cannabis in women's health to cannabis as medicine in ancient Egypt. We discussed the history of CBD in women's health, it's use for women's health, the current state of CBD use. Check out Colleen's CBD-related articles here: www.leafly.com/news/author/colleen-fisher-tully Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
September 9, 2020
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Mira – The AI Fertility Tracker – Episode 43

Sylvia Kang is the Co-Founder & CEO of Mira, a women's health monitoring platform with that tracks cycles, predicts ovulation, monitors fetal health, measures ovarian reserve and detects menopause at home. Sylvia earned her BS in Bioengineering from the University of Pittsburgh, MS in Biomedical Engineering from Columbia University and MBA from the Cornell Johnson Graduate School of Management. She has extensive experience in P&L general management and has worked in product director roles in a Fortune 500 life science company. Mira's fertility racker is clinically validated with 99% accuracy and has won the Best Startup of CES 2018 by Tom’s Guide and Finalist company of 2018 TechCrunch Disrupt SF Battlefield. We discussed all things hormones, the social stigma of infertility and when should people start tracking their fertility. Check out Mira by visiting www.miracare.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
September 7, 2020
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Pleasure with a Purpose with Lioness – Episode 42

Liz Klinger is the Co-Founder & CEO of Lioness, a sexual health & wellness startup home to the Lioness Smart Vibrator, the first and only vibrator to improve orgasms through biofeedback and data. The Lioness Smart Vibrator was developed from over half a decade of research and development with sex researchers, doctors and analyzing 50,000+ orgasms. It has also won multiple Best of awards at CES, the Women's Health Innovation Spotlight, and was a finalist for Last Gadget Standing. Liz graduated from Dartmouth College with a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and previously worked in the finance and sex toy industry prior to starting Lioness. We discussed improving orgasms through biofeedback and data, whether sextech is considered femtech and the life-sized vulva sculptures. Check out Lioness by visiting www.lioness.io Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
September 2, 2020
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KindBody & Fertility for All – Episode 41

Dr. Fahimeh Sasan the founding OB/GYN of Kinbody, a fertility & family-building clinic that is making it more accessible, intuitive, and empowering – for all. They serve patients and employers in New York, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and nationally online and through their partner clinics. Dr. Sasan completed her residency in Obstetrics and Gynecology at Mount Sinai Hospital in NYC and has been practicing and delivering clinical excellence for 12 years. She was rated one of NY Times Top Doctors in 2016 and 2017 and is passionate about helping women better understand their fertility and their options for the future. We discussed why employers should care about fertility benefits, transparency in healthcare and supporting the LGBTQ community's family needs. Check out Kindbody by visiting www.kindbody.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
August 31, 2020
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BONUS #5 – Future of Femtech’s Wellness & Self Care Summit

Christina Vanvuren is the Founder & CEO of Future of Femtech, a lifestyle wellness community for women’s health and femtech leaders. Christina is a mother, Navy veteran, and crisis counselor at Crisis Text Line. She is currently studying for a trauma-informed yoga instructor certification, as well as completing an intensive leadership program through Co-Active Training Institute. We discussed pivoting during COVID-19, the Wellness & Self-Care Summit and womxn's mental health. Check out Future of Femtech by visiting www.futureoffemtech.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
August 28, 2020
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Hela Health the one stop shop for women’s benefits – Episode 40

Cathy Sebag is the CEO & Co-Founder of Hela Health, the one-stop-shop for employee health & wellness that allows users and their family to choose their own tools to manage their care. Ranging from hundreds of teleconsultation platforms, apps, wearables, products and services, Hela Health features some other well-known femtech brands such as Elvie, Pearl, Joylux, Twentyeight Health and more! Everything that can be found on Hela Health has gone through a rigorous review process by Hela's medical board from the Harvard School of Medicine, Beth Israel and Genesis Fertility. Cathy obtained her Bachelor's degree from George Washington University in International Development and previously. On this episode we discussed women's willingness to spend money on their health & wellness, access to healthcare and why should employers care about women's health. Check out Hela Health by visiting www.helahealth.io Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
August 26, 2020
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Tickle.life, the ultimate sexual discovery ecosystem – Episode 39

Shakun Sethi is the CEO & Founder of Tickle.life, a community based online discovery platform and marketplace which is a one-stop-shop for sexual wellness content, products and services. Their platform has over 300 sex therapists, sex-positive groups, coaches and sex-perts. Prior to Tickle.life, Shakun founded Dizuna Communications, a crisis communication startup. She earned her Bachelor's degree in Psychology & English Literature from Jammu University & Master's degree in International Communications from The Hague University of Applied Sciences in the Netherlands. On this episode we discussed the stigma around sexual discovery, sex positivity and the sextech industry. Check out Tickle.life by visiting www.tickle.life Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
August 24, 2020
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BONUS #4 – LactApp, el experto en lactación en tu bolsillo!

Maria Berruezo es la cofundadora de LactApp Women's Health con sede en Barcelona, ​​España. LactApp, la primera aplicación dedicada a la lactancia y la maternidad con consultas individuales con especialistas sin la molestia de visitas en persona o largos períodos de incertidumbre. LactApp tiene 40,000 usuarios mensuales y responde a más de 90,000 preguntas cada semana y fue seleccionada por Apple como una de las 10 empresas dirigidas por mujeres en el mundo para su Campamento de Emprendedores de Apple. María es consultora certificada en lactancia desde 2012 y tiene una maestría en Gestión del Conocimiento y una Licenciatura en Publicidad y Comunicación de Relaciones Públicas. Hablamos sobre cómo funciona LactApp, la baja por maternidad en España y la educación en lactancia. Echa un vistazo a LactApp visitando www.lactapp.com ¡Califica, revisa y suscríbete! Title translation: LactApp, the breastfeeding expert in your pocket! Maria Berruezo is the Co-Founder of LactApp Women's Health based in Barcelona, Spain. LactApp the first app dedicated to breastfeeding & motherhood with one-on-one consultation with specialists without the hassle of in-person visits or long periods of uncertainty. LactApp has 40,000 monthly users and responds to over 90,000 questions each week and was selected by Apple as one of 10 female-led companies in the world for their Apple Entrepreneur Camp. Maria is a certified lactation consultant since 2012 and has a Master’s Degree in Knowledge Management & Bachelor’s Degree in Advertising & PR Communication. We discussed how LactApp works, maternity leave in Spain and lactation education. Check out LactApp by visiting www.lactapp.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
August 21, 2020
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WellFemme is breaking barriers with Menopause Telehealth- Episode 38

Dr. Kelly Teagle is the Founder & CEO of WellFemme, a Telehealth service provided by female General Practitioners who specialize in menopause and midlife care. They provide evidence-based menopause information, advice and treatment in collaboration with our clients’ usual General Practitioners. She graduated in Medicine from the University of Queensland in 2001 and worked in the Royal Australian Air Force as a Medical Officer until 2010. As a civilian GP she gained Fellowship of the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and developed her interest in women’s medicine with a Graduate Diploma of Women’s Health, further studies in reproductive and sexual health and surgical assisting. On this episode we discussed the barriers in telehealth for women in Australia, educating on menopause, cultural differences in menopause and the goal of building a global pipeline for access to women's health services & products. Check out WellFemme by visiting www.wellfemme.com.au Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
August 19, 2020
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The HabitAware story, from Hiding to Healing – Episode 37

Aneela Idnani is the Co-Founder of HabitAware. Through HabitAware, Keen was invented. It is a smart bracelet that uses gesture detection technology to bring awareness to hair pulling (trichotillomania), skin picking and nail biting disorders. These disorders are part of an umbrella term called Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB). HabitAware aims to spread awareness of these behaviors and empowering people to “Retrain The Brain” with healthier coping mechanisms. She’s spoken at TEDxFargo and been named a Minneapolis/St. Paul Business Journal 40 under 40. Aneela graduated from Binghamton University School of Management in Accounting and also the Miami Ad School. On this episode we discussed Body Focused Repetitive Behaviors (BFRB), Aneela's personal journey with trichotillomania and the diverse spectrum of mental health. Check out HabitAware by visiting www.habitaware.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
August 17, 2020
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Calling all Femtech investors! with Portfolia – Episode 36

Chantell Preston is a serial entrepreneur, femtech founder & an active investor. She is a lead partner in the Portfolia Active Aging & Longevity fund and has over 20 years of healthcare operations & management. Within her extensive experience in the healthcare industry, she has successfully founded & exited several healthcare companies. On this episode we discussed how healthcare management relates to women's health, how women make 80% of all the healthcare decisions in their household (in the U.S.) & current investing trends. Check out Portfolia by visiting www.portfolia.co Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
August 12, 2020
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Step into the pleasure portal with Dirty Lola – Episode 35

Dirty Lola is the Founder & CEO of Sex Ed A Go Go, a sex Q&A and variety show. It's hosted live in New York City featuring burlesque and go-go dancers to liven up the mood. Dirty Lola is a huge advocate for sex positivity and has a vast experience being a performer and sex educator. She's spent the last 6 years working to end the stigma, shame & lack of accessible sex education. During my interview with Dirty Lola we discussed the female orgasm, pubic hair, butt play and how these relate to women's health & wellness. Check out Sex Ed A Go Go at www.sexedagogo.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
August 10, 2020
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The Google of women’s health, Hertility Health – Episode 34

Dr. Helen O'Neill currently serves as the Founder & CEO of Hertility Health while also being the Programme Director, Reproductive Science and Women's Health at University College London and Lecturer in Reproductive and Molecular Genetics. Hertility Health is creating an easier way for women to get personalised insights into their digital biological clock, whenever they need it. Their Hertility Health Test is a proactive hormone test that gives insights into egg count, ovulation and how general health might be impacting reproductive biology. She was selected for 10W London- "Highlighting Impressive Women Leaders around the World" and one of the Top Twenty in Data and Technology in the United Kingdom by Women in Data UK. She's also appeared on BBC News and spoken at The Royal Society. We discussed egg freezing, biometrics and my personal favorite topic: genetics! Check out Hertility Health at www.hertilityhealth.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!"
August 5, 2020
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Springboard Enterprise supporting Femtech innovation – Episode 33

Kristen Comer is a program manager at Springboard Enterprises who carries out their signature accelerator programs, focusing on the Tech and Health Innovation Hubs. Springboard's mission is to accelerate the growth of entrepreneurial companies led by women through access to essential resources and a global community of experts. Since 2000, over 800 Springboard portfolio companies seeking financial and human capital for product development and expansion have created over $20B in value, are revenue generators and job creators. With 200 exits to strategic acquirers and 20 IPOs, Springboard Entrepreneurs are transforming industries. Kristen holds a BA in Psychology and Dance from University of California, Santa Barbara. She also obtained her MSc in Management from Lund University School of Economics and Management in Lund, Sweden. We discussed the changing the narrative of looking at women's hollistic health, the women's health coalition and what is considered "Femtech". Check out the Women's Health Coalition at www.womens.health Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
August 3, 2020
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Taking a pulse on Femtech Trends – Episode 32

Dr. Alice Zheng is a women's health practice leader at McKinsey in the Pharmaceutical and Medical Device and Global Public Health practices. She leads women’s health efforts at the Firm, including internal research on industry sub-segments such as FemTech and pharma. Previous to McKinsey, she worked in women’s health as a clinician and also as a public health practitioner in reproductive health in East Africa and Asia. Alice holds an MBA from Harvard Business School and MD/MPH from the University of Michigan Medical School and School of Public Health. We discussed the definition of women’s health, what needs innovating in various women’s health sectors & femtech trends. Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
July 29, 2020
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Stress does not equal Success, with Bask + Being – Episode 31

Brionna Ned is the Co-Founder & Lead Facilitator of Bask + Being, a mental health startup on a mission to reduce workplace stress, anxiety & burnout. She co-founded Bask + Being to help others and organizations understand and remove the institutional barriers to employee success and well-being. Prior to Bask + Being, Brionna received her MA & BA from Stanford Sociology with a focus on Organizational Behavior & International Relations, respectively, and her J.D. with honors from the University of Texas. She has prior experience in big law, intellectual property and has served as in-house counsel. We discussed the elusive "work-life balance", how stress manifests in your body and self care vs productivity. Check out Bask + Being at www.baskandbeing.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
July 27, 2020
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Perinatal Access – bridging the gap to pregnancy care – Episode 30

Greg Linton is the founder & CEO of Perinatal Access, a cloud-based digital health platform that leverages telemedicine and live ultrasound streaming to enable OB/GYN physicians and other specialists in the Obstetric space to be more effective. Greg was inspired to start Perinatal Access by his past 9 years working in the high-risk obstetrics business and he and his wife’s personal experience with the premature birth of their twin sons. Greg believes Perinatal Access will help healthcare facilities offer high-value specialist care to mothers despite projected OB/GYN shortages and dwindling access to rural maternal care. We discussed access to maternal care, high risk pregnancies & telehealth during COVID-19. Check out Perinatal Access at www.perinatalaccess.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
July 22, 2020
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Femtech FOMO with Portfolia – Episode 28

Dr. Faz Bashi, M.D is the lead investor at the Portfolia Femtech Fund and is also one of Femtech Focus's advisors. One of their investment funds, The Portfolia FemTech Fund, focuses on emerging technologies, products and services improving women’s health and wellness. From fertility solutions to menopausal care and overall fitness, the fund will invest in high-potential opportunities that can be both profitable and grant women greater health and wellness. Faz has a background in Immunology and Virology from UCSF and was one of the early investors who was actively investing in Femtech before the industry rose in popularity. We discussed the investments that Portfolia has made in different Femtech companies, what Femtech investors are looking for and the importance of your network. In this episode Dr. Brittany Barreto announces some exciting new launches for Femtech Focus! Hint: We want to help YOU fundraise your Femtech startup. Check out Portfolia at www.portfolia.co Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
July 15, 2020
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Bra + Robe = Brobe – Episode 27

Allison Shickel is the CEO, founder & inventor of Brobe, a bra & robe combination for women after mastectomies or any kind of chest surgery. Allison's company specializes in post-surgical adaptive clothing company that focuses on developing apparel and accessories for women recovering from major surgeries that are comfortable yet chic. Allison has won multiple awards namely, the Women's Chamber of Commerce 2016 "Blazing Star" award and Austin's 2015 InnovateHer Award. Among her accomplishments, she has also partnered with Kendra Scott for the "Heal Comfortable, Feel Beautiful" campaign in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We discussed her story behind Brobe, the obstacles she overcame and fundraising as a femtech entrepreneur. Check their products at www.thebrobe.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
July 13, 2020
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BONUS #3 – Black Women’s Health in the United States

Dr. Teriya Monick Richmond is a board certified family medicine physician and has been practicing for over 10 years. Dr. Richmond was the first physician in the Harris Health System to facilitate Centering Pregnancy, she also served as an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas-Houston and currently serves as the Chief Medical Officer of the AIDS Foundation in Houston. Dr. Richmond recently opened Your Essential Healthcare and DaySpa (YEHD), which is a dedicated women’s health center and continues her clinical research in areas topics including endometriosis, cervical cancer and bacterial vaginosis. Apart from her extensive career in health, Dr. Richmond has also initiated her own women’s empowerment brand, Mocha Millennium Women, which encourages women to be confident in who they are through fitness, fashion, and fun. We discussed the history, disparities & the current state of of black women’s health in the United States including racism in public health. Check out Dr. Richmond’s work at www.yourtotalhealthdoctor.com
July 10, 2020
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Breastmilk delivery! with Milk Stork – Episode 26

Kate Torgersen is CEO and Founder of Milk Stork. The first and only breast milk delivery service for business traveling moms. They provide refrigerated overnight shipping of your milk to your baby while you are away. Milk Stork is on a mission to help moms continue to nourish their babies while they continue to nourish their careers. In 2015, Milk Stork was recognized as one of Business Insider's "19 Coolest New Businesses in San Francisco" and has shipped over 3.6 million ounces of breast milk. We discussed the basics of breastfeeding, balancing life while lactating and supporting mom-run businesses. Check out Milk Stork by visiting www.milkstork.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
July 8, 2020
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MiddleSexMD, your trusted menopause sex guru – Episode 25

Dr. Barb DePree is CEO and Founder of MiddleSexMD, a sexual health resource for women in perimenopause and beyond. They provide medically accurate content, and suggest products that have been proven to help women continue to have great sex even after menopause. Dr. Barb DePree has been a practicing gynecologist for over 30 years and has been specializing in menopause for the last 10 years. We discussed sex after menopause, the role of estrogen for comfortable sex, and the importance of maintaining intimacy with yourself or a partner after menopause. Check out MiddleSexMD by visiting www.middlesexmd.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
July 6, 2020
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BONUS #2 – Britt & Julie review Femtech pitches, dismantling the biases in women’s health & Julie launches SOMOSGYN

The founders of Femtech Focus, Drs. Brittany Barreto and Julie Hakim, sit down in sesh-coworking (no dogs this time) to talk about the Femtech Focus podcast and what the femtech industry needs as a whole. In this episode they touch upon their observations in recent pitch competitions to how they can help future Femtech founders. Julie expands her reach by launching SOMOSGYN in both English & Spanish to help young girls out there. The duo drops little teasers on future episodes and interesting findings surrounding diversity in the womxn’s health & wellness space! The conversation was live-streamed in June on Facebook and Instagram. Don’t wait for these behind the scenes discussions to drop on the podcast. Rate, review & subscribe!
July 3, 2020
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Menstrual Mates Dispelling the taboo of menstruation – Episode 24

Cindy Belardo is CEO and Founder of Menstrual Mates, a community to discuss periods and normalize menstruation. They are committed to uplifting their community, especially those experiencing period poverty. This lack of access to menstrual care products greatly affects people who are homeless and people in prison. We discussed the history of menstrual cups and the biology of toxic shock syndrome. Support their initiatives by visiting www.menstrualmates.com Rate, Review, and Subscribe!
July 1, 2020
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Period Health & Gender Equality with Menstrual Health Hub – Episode 23

Milena Bacalja is the Co-Founder & Chief Innovation and Research Officer at Menstrual Health Hub, a female health nonprofit and social impact business. They have particular efforts around menstrual health, gender equality, and women-centered design. We speak about period equity around the world, what really is women-centered design, and the difference between women's health and female health. Support their efforts and learn more at www.mhhub.org Rate, review, and subscribe!
June 29, 2020
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Bras that fit with Missfits – Episode 22

Charlotte Chiang is the Founder and CEO of Missfits, a lingerie company that helps women find a bra that uniquely fits them. Missfits has a data-driven approach which includes breast height, projection, and how much support they require. All these dimensions impact which bras will make a woman feel her best. We speak about the history of bras, bras in space, and what women around the world prioritize in their bras. Check out their products at MissFits.co Rate, review, and subscribe!
June 24, 2020
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Making Menopause Mainstream with Lisa Health – Episode 21

Ann Garnier is the Founder and CEO of Lisa Health, a science-backed platform that empowers women to manage their menopause journey. Lisa Health helps women make small changes to prepare for menopause, manage symptoms, and improve their midlife well-being. Women can select from over 100 science and expert-backed challenges to create a personalized journey and join community groups to find support and advice. Rate, review, and subscribe!
June 22, 2020
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BONUS- Britt & Julie review OBGyns a friend or foe, birth control a miracle or mask, and Asian vaginas

The founders of Femtech Focus, Drs. Brittany Barreto and Julie Hakim, sit down to talk all things femtech. They have a casual conversation on Brittany's coach surrounded by her rescue pups. The conversation was live-streamed in May on Facebook and Instagram. Don't wait for these behind the scenes discussions to drop on the podcast. Follow Femtech Focus on social to watch them (and their dogs!) live!
June 19, 2020
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Work & Mother – Lactation Suites for the Office Building

Abbey Donnell is the Founder and CEO of Work & Mother, a network of fully equipped lactation facilities that not only supports working mothers but makes it easy for employers to be in compliance with FLSA regulations. W&M helps prevent workplace attrition associated with childbirth, while also helping mothers reach their breastfeeding goals and keep their children happy and healthy. W&M operates much like a building gym. So, rather than every company trying to create individual solutions to support working mothers, they can simply join our membership program & enjoy the benefits. We spoke about the setting moms need to produce the most milk and the health benefits of breastmilk for babies. Rate, review, and subscribe!
June 17, 2020
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Maternal Care during the Pandemic with Zaya Care – Episode 19

Leoni Runge is the Founder and CEO of Zaya Care, providing maternal and newborn expertise in your pocket and in-home. Zaya Care is a network of licensed nurse midwives, doulas, and lactation consultants with the mission to help moms have the most pleasant motherhood experience possible. The vision was inspired by the European methods of treating pregnant women pre-, during, and post-birth. We discuss why this access to healthcare is even more important now during the pandemic. Check out Zaya Care at JoinZaya.com Rate, review, and subscribe!
June 15, 2020
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Mosie Baby, the ‘Turkey Baster’ of the 21st Century – Episode 18

Maureen Brown is CEO and Co-Founder of Mosie Baby, an at-home insemination kit. Mosie Baby has helped thousands of women get pregnant at home with their patent-pending, nature-inspired syringe. Designed by women specifically for conception, Mosie is a safe, simple, affordable option worth trying before intrauterine insemination at a fertility clinic. And it’s as familiar to use as a tampon. Mosie is MD-endorsed with a patent-pending design that's simply perfect for making a baby at home. We speak about the role of the cervix is fertility and the different types of aspiring parents that use Mosie Baby. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!
June 10, 2020
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Pelvic Floor Stretch with Materna Medical – Episode 17

Tracy MacNeal is CEO of Materna Medical. Materna is a powerful leader in transforming women’s pelvic health. It is the outcome of years of research and development which began at Stanford University’s Biodesign program, and continues as part of the Fogarty Institute for Innovation in Silicon Valley. Materna has one product commercially available since 2018 called Milli for consumer purchase on www.milliforher.com. Their secondary product, the Materna Prep medical device, is in clinical trials. We speak about what happens to the pelvic floor during and after childbirth and how their consumer product can gradually expand the vagina for comfortable intercourse. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!
June 8, 2020
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Estrogen and Your Diet with Tammy Karni – Episode 16

Tammy Karni is a registered dietician and certified coach in metabolic balance. She specializes in holistic nutrition that take four key factors into account; insulin, microbiome, acidity, and inflammation. We speak about how all of these factors directly affect estrogen in women. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!
June 3, 2020
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The Motherhood Center – Episode 15

Gabriela Gerhart is the Founder and CEO of The Motherhood Center in Houston, Texas. The Motherhood Center supports expecting and new moms and their partners through the journey of birthing. Gabriela has been assisting moms for over 20 years in the Houston area and we speak about why this type of center is not present in every city. We cover topics like baby doulas, birthing positions, baby yoga, and what improvements should be made to the delivery room in hospitals. Check out their services (both in-person and virtual!) at www.motherhoodcenter.com Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!
June 1, 2020
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Gennev wishing you a Happy Menopause Day! – Episode 14

Jill Angelo is the CEO and Cofounder of Gennev, first online clinic for women growing through menopause.  Due to social stigma and lack of innovation, less than 7% of women get the help they need in menopause. Gennev set their vision on being the go-to health and wellness solution for women in menopause. They offer products, coaching, telemedicine through their platform. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!
May 27, 2020
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Social Mama ending isolation for moms – Episode 13

Amanda Ducach is the Founder and CEO of Social Mama, an app that matchmakes moms for friendship and support. Part of that support includes experts like OBGyns, business coaches, and therapists. With over 20,000 moms already on the platform, Social Mama is ending isolation for mothers everywhere. Community is a key to women's mental and emotional health when they become a mother. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!
May 27, 2020
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Femtech down under! Aussie Edition – Episode 12

Megan Capriccio is a Femtech consultant and Femtech Collective Chapter Director in Sydney, Australia. In this episode, we discuss how women's health and wellness are addressed in the land down under. We had several project ideas during our conversation and Megan initiated one when we finished recording! Follow @FemtechFocus to access the open google sheet that's collecting a list of femtech technologies, products, and drugs that need updating or new clinical trials. This list is for all you aspiring femtech founders to be inspired!
May 27, 2020
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Kegg, Cervical Fluid as the 5th Vital Sign – Episode 11

Kristina Cahojova is the Founder and CEO of Kegg, the world's first 2-in-1 fertility tracking kegel ball. While strengthening the pelvic floor, Kegg also uses sensors to monitor cervical mucus and notifies the wearer when they are fertile. We speak about the biology of cervical mucus and why it's important for fertility and can be used as a measure of a woman's health. Pre-order kegg now at kegg.tech ! Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!
May 18, 2020
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Femtech in Japan with Fermata -Episode 10

Amina Sugimoto is Founder and CEO of Fermata, a Japanese company that promotes femtech in Asia. Fermata is a multifaceted organization that has femtech fund to deploy investments, an in-person store to display femtech products, femtech fest which is a roadshow conference promoting femtech across Japan, and a marketing arm to help femtech products around the world penetrate the Japanese market. We speak about the cultural difference in Femtech and how many words for women's health do not exist in the Japanese language. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!
May 13, 2020
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Birth control delivered to your door with Pandia Health -Episode 9

Dr. Sophia Yen is founder and CEO of Pandia Health, a birth control delivery service. Get prescribed or have an existing prescription filled by this doctor-founded, doctor-led company. We dive into the accessibility & convenience of birth control, the different types of contraceptives on the market and the biology behind each of them. Check out Pandia Health at www.pandiahealth.comRate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!
May 11, 2020
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A lovely glass of Feminade -Episode 8

Roya Pakza is Founder and CEO of Feminade, an online concierge for women’s hormone and reproductive health based on naturopathic and holistic health. Roya was sick and tired of being sick and tired. When she realized that the pill was not the 'easy' solution for her, she decided to build a platform and at-home test to truly understand women's hormones. Feminade offers an at-home Dutch Test and online naturopathic clinicians to help women understand their beautifully complex biology and feel better. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!
May 4, 2020
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Got questions? Kliit Health has answers -Episode 7

Crystal Evuleocha is the Co-Founder and CEO of Kliit Health, a sexual and reproductive healthcare platform coming out of Los Angeles. When Crystal immigrated to the US for college as a young woman, she had a lot of questions and only had google for answers. Kliit health empowers young women to have a safe, private, and culturally sensitive place to have all their private questions about sex and reproduction by healthcare professionals. Download her app or go to kliit.com.  Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast
May 4, 2020
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Motive Bio, getting closer to a PCOS diagnosis -Episode 6

Tony Morrison is the Founder and CEO of Motive Bio, a clinical support tool for polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. PCOS is a major cause of infertility and takes an average of 3 years for a woman to be diagnosed. Tony and I discuss why there’s such a lag time in diagnosis and how Motive Bio can empower women to go into their physician's office prepared with data to help get diagnosed faster. I asked Tony about being a male founder in femtech and what that experience has been like. He gives some really shocking and insightful stories that really got me fired up. Rate, review, and subscribe! Tony Morrison is the Founder and CEO of Motive Bio, a clinical support tool for polycystic ovary syndrome, or PCOS. PCOS is a major cause of infertility and takes an average of 3 years for a woman to be diagnosed. Tony and I discuss why there’s such a lag time in diagnosis and how Motive Bio can empower women to go into their physician's office prepared with data to help get diagnosed faster. I asked Tony about being a male founder in femtech and what that experience has been like. He gives some really shocking and insightful stories that really got me fired up. Rate, review, and subscribe! 
April 27, 2020
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Vagipreneur, Rachel Braun Scherl -Episode 5

Rachel Braun Scherl is an entrepreneur, speaker, and author. She successfully built and grew Semprae Laboratories, a venture-backed women sexual wellness company. Semprae Laboratories developed topical products to help heighten women's feelings of desire and arousal. This company was successfully acquired by Innovues Pharmaceuticals in 2013. Rachel calls herself a vagipreneur and has been recognized with dozens of awards. She published her book in 2018 titled “Orgasmic Leadership: profiting from the coming surge in female health and wellness”. This was an amazing episode. I hope we have Rachel back on very soon! Rate, review, and subscribe!
April 20, 2020
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Man on a Mission to End Your Cramps with Visana Health -Episode 4

Joe Connolly is the Founder and CEO of Visana Health, an app that supports women experiencing menstrual pain caused by conditions such as endometriosis. Visana Health is a startup out of Minneapolis that empowers the 15 million women with severe menstrual pain to take control of their health. The digital care program teaches clinically proven self pain-management habits and provides a list of vetted physicians who listen to patient's concerns about menstrual pain. In this episode, we talk about being a man in the femtech community, the biology of endometriosis, the social implications of not believing women when they say they are experiencing physical pain. Rate, review, and subscribe! 
April 20, 2020
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Viva La Vulva with Dr. Lyndsey Harper from Rosy -Episode 3

Dr. Lyndsey Harper is an OBGyn that felt the lack of treatment for female sexual dysfunction was unacceptable. She is now the founder and CEO of Rosy, a sexual wellness app for women. Rosy had over 20K downloads in one year and successfully closed a round of funding. Drs. Harper and Barreto explore differences in male and female sexual empowerment, media blocking femtech ads, and how decreasing sexual shame is an urgent matter. Rate, review, and subscribe!
April 13, 2020
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Dr. Julie Hakim on Vaginal Stents – Episode 2

Femtech Focus co-founder, Dr. Julie Hakim, sits down with me to discuss her love for Femtech. Julie is a pediatric gynecologist and inventor of the vaginal stent. Thanks for listening! Please rate and review!
April 6, 2020
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Femtech, it’s kind of a big deal. – Episode 1

Welcome to the Femtech Focus podcast! This is our first episode where our host Dr. Brittany Barreto tells us about what femtech is and why it's important. She gives examples of femtech companies by highlighting over a dozen of her favorites. Future episodes will include interviews with experts. Enjoy this introductory episode!
March 31, 2020
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This is just a quick intro into what we are, and what we are about. Thanks for listening.
March 22, 2020
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About 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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