Episodes

Aug 15, 2022

Dimension Inx using 3D-printed biomaterials to restore bone regeneration and fertility - Ep 176

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Caralynn Nowinski Collens, the CEO of Dimension Inx. She manufactures 3D structures that enable cells to think they are inside the human body and restores their function. Dimension Inx is a next-generation biomaterials and biofabrication company developing 3D-printed therapeutic products that direct cells to rebuild healthy tissues. They are currently developing medical products for various therapeutic applications ranging from bone regeneration to fertility preservation. To learn more visit www.dimensioninx.com.

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Aug 08, 2022

Nua Surgical improving cesareans with a novel retractable device- Ep 175

In today’s episode, I interview Barry McCann, the Founder and CEO NUA Surgical. NUA Surgical is a multi-award-winning start-up dedicated to creating innovative surgical solutions in obstetrics and gynecology. Headquartered on the West Coast of Ireland, the company has developed the patented SteriCISION C-Section Retractor. This c-section retractor is designed to improve ergonomics and make cesarean delivery of newborns safer by providing better access and visualization during surgery. You are never going to believe what the current standard of care is for a c-section. I am grateful femtech founders like Barry are finally leveling up this super common procedure. Enjoy the episode!

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Aug 01, 2022

Natural Cycles, FDA-approved birth control app based on body temperature - Ep 174

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Elina Berglund Scherwitzl, the co-founder and CEO of Natural Cycles. Natural Cycles° is a birth control app used by millions of women around the world. As a Class II medical device, the Natural Cycles app is cleared by the FDA in the United States and certified to be used as a contraceptive in Europe, Australia, and Singapore. Their internal research team has contributed to 14 peer-reviewed research papers. After contributing to physics research that led to a Nobel Prize in 2013, Elina applied her skills to create the unique algorithm in Natural Cycles that accurately pinpoints when a female is fertile based on her body temperature. Download Natural Cycles and use promo code 'femtechfocus' to get 20% off an annual membership and a free thermometer. Enjoy the episode!

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Jul 25, 2022

BD's newest HPV screening assay - Episode 173

In today’s episode, I interview Molly Broache, a women’s health nurse practitioner and currently the Associate Director of Medical Affairs in the US Region for BD Integrated Diagnostic Solutions. BD is one of the largest global medical technology companies in the world with 75,000 employees in virtually every country. The BD Onclarity™ HPV Assay is the only FDA-approved HPV assay that identifies six high-risk HPV genotypes individually, including HPV 31. As more women received the HPV vaccine, the prevalence of two of the three highest-risk genotypes – HPV 16 and 18 – have declined. Unfortunately, HPV 31 remains prevalent. BD’s diagnostic tools provide a new standard of care for women. Learn more about BD’s commitment to women’s health at https://Womens-health-solutions.bd.com Enjoy the episode!

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Jul 18, 2022

Prenatal genetic screening as a critical maternal health tool with Natera - Episode 172

In today’s episode, I interview Jennifer Saucier, the Senior Director of Clinical Genetic Services at Natera. Natera is one of the largest non-invasive prenatal testing and genetic counseling providers. Prenatal testing provides insights into the risk of a fetal genetic abnormality and can help inform pregnancy management before and after birth. Genetic counselors are critical healthcare providers that help families understand the results of their genetic tests and guide them in making decisions about the health of the mom and baby. Something that fascinated me in this interview was how the new overturning of Roe v Wade has profound implications on prenatal testing and how genetic counselors can and cannot do their jobs. To learn more about Natera visit https://www.natera.com. Enjoy the episode!

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Jul 15, 2022

Data Privacy of FemTech Apps in a post Roe v Wade America - Bonus

In today’s episode, I interview Laura Lazaro Cabrera, a Legal Officer at Privacy International. Since the overturning of the constitutional right to abortion in the United States, you may have seen social media posts telling you to delete your period tracking app or posts on Facebook about going "camping" in other states. We wanted to have a clear understanding for both the users of femtech digital health apps and the teams building them on what is the legal implications of tracking your reproductive health on your phone. Today I deep dive with Laura, a data privacy expert, on the facts and fiction of what having information on your female health could mean for you. Please be sure you are subscribed to the femtech focus newsletter and join our virtual community for more updates on how females and innovators in the US can stay vigilant and safe in these unprecedented times.

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Jul 11, 2022

Verity Now wants car safety standards to include females - Episode 171

In today’s episode, I interview Beth Brooke, the co-chair of verity now. Beth is a prominent voice worldwide on Diversity and Inclusion, including most prominently on LGBT inclusion and women. She has been named eleven times to the Forbes “World’s 100 Most Powerful Women“list. Today Beth is working towards equal safety standards in the transportation industry. In the United States, women are over 17 percent more likely to die and 73 percent more likely to be seriously injured in a vehicle crash than men. VERITY NOW, which stands for Vehicle Equity Rules in Transportation, unites people to fight for equality in vehicle safety by educating on and advocating for, crash testing standards that protect men and women equally to make cars safer for all. Please visit vertiynow.org to find out how you can get involved in this vital consideration for female women and girls' health, wellness, and safety. Enjoy the episode!

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Jun 06, 2022

MAS Holdings, the global leader in femtech apparel and textiles - Episode 170

In today’s episode, I interview Pilar Diaz, the Global Head of FemTech at MAS holdings. MAS specializes in creating reusable and sustainable apparel and textile solutions for women’s health and hygiene. They work in collaboration with femtech companies and startups such as Thinx period underwear and Become menopause sleepwear to create apparel and textile solutions across all female life stages, from menstruation to maternity to menopause, and everything in between. Headquartered in Sri Lanka, MAS Holdings is one of the world’s most recognized design-to-delivery solutions providers in apparel and textile powered by 30 years of operations, 53 manufacturing facilities across 16 countries, and 99,000 employees. Pilar is eager to work with more femtech companies to bring their textile and apparel visions to the market. I would be happy to introduce you to Pilar if you send me an email at [email protected] Learn more about MAS holdings at www.masholdings.com. Enjoy the episode!

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Jun 06, 2022

VDOM providing that 'Big D' energy at the push of a button - Episode 169

In today’s episode, I interview Glenise Kinard - Moore, the Founder and CEO Skii MooTech which produces their product the VDOM. SkiiMoo Tech was created to disrupt the status quo and break through societal barriers by leveraging "all things tech". Their focus is on creating tech-based consumer products for niche markets that are usually not at the forefront. Their premier product, The VDOM, is the first app-connected prosthetic penis that can go from flaccid to erect at the push of a button or via a swipe on a smartphone or smartwatch. This device is specifically designed to enhance the lifestyles of LGBTQ+ people, Erectile Dysfunction sufferers, and Spinal cord injury patients. While pre-order quantities have sold out, you can join our waitlist at www.thevdom.com Enjoy the episode!

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Jun 06, 2022

MYAVANA takes a scientific approach to healthy hair - Episode 168

In today’s episode, I interview Candace Mitchell, the CEO and Founder MYAVANA. Candace is a computer scientist and visionary entrepreneur transforming the hair care industry through science & technology. She serves as Founder & CEO of MYAVANA, a beauty technology company that uses artificial intelligence to recommend the perfect products for your hair. Through their mobile application, you're able to take a photo of your hair and receive an instant analysis of your hair type along with recommended products, consultations with an expert, and healthy hair guidance. For customers with specific hair challenges, MYAVANA offers a hair kit to send strands of your hair for a detailed hair analysis and personalized hair care plan. MYAVANA has developed it's own patent-pending proprietary technology to help women choose the best haircare products, ingredients, regimens, and professional salons to achieve desired styles and hair health. Our listeners get a special offer. Use promocode FEMTECH at www.myavana.com to save 20% on a hair analysis kit. Enjoy the episode!

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