Episodes

Nov 28, 2022

How pregnancy affects the brain - Ep 189

Dr Mary O’Neal is an expert in Women’s Neurology, serving as the Director of the Women’s Neurology Program at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She’s written multiple papers on this subject and edited several books including the American Academy of Neurology (AAN) Continuum edition of “Neurological Illness in Pregnancy”, “Women’s Neurology- what do I do now?”, and “Neurology and Psychiatry of Women: A Guide to Gender-based Issues in Evaluation, Diagnosis, and Treatment”. She also directs a Harvard Medical School Women’s Neurology and Psychiatry course. In this interview, we discuss the difference between male and female brains, how contraception could affect what therapeutics patients take for disorders like epilepsy, and how pregnancy affects the brain. Enjoy the episode!

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Nov 21, 2022

Caring for your breast health with Complex Creatures - Ep 188

Tara Elmore is the Co-Founder of Complex Creatures, a breast wellness brand that makes topical and ingestible products to support breasts. Women mostly pay attention to their breasts when there's a problem. Complex Creatures want to make breast care a regular practice, in the same way women take care of other body parts. In this interview, we discuss Tara’s experience being diagnosed and treated for breast cancer and how it inspired their product lines. This holiday season, treat the ones you love with breasts to Complex Creatures products. Go to www.wearecomplexcreatures.com and enter promocode FEMTECH for 25% off your order.

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Nov 14, 2022

Ida Sports designs the first female athletic cleat - Ep 187

Laura Youngson is the CEO and Co-founder of Ida Sports. Laura is a STEM advocate, TED speaker, and four-time Guinness World Record Holder. After completing a degree in physics, she worked at the 2012 Olympics and was immediately drawn to the power sport had in bringing people together. She founded the nonprofit Equal Playing Field which challenges inequalities in sports. During one of her Guinea World Records where 30 female athletes played 90 minutes of soccer at the top of Mount Kilimanjaro, she realized that cleats were not designed for female feet. This was the start of Ida Sports which makes cleats specifically for the female foot. In this interview, we discuss the difference between male and female feet and the consequences female athletes face by wearing male-designed cleats. Go to www.idasports.com and use promocode FEMTECH15 for 15% off your order!

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Nov 07, 2022

Sprout Pharmaceutical's $1 Billion little pink pill - Ep 186

Cindy Eckert is a highly regarded entrepreneur, a strong advocate for female entrepreneurship, a pharmaceutical leader and one of the few women to have ever sold a company for a billion dollars. Over a distinguished 24-year career in healthcare, she started and sold two businesses for more than $1.5 billion. Having co-founded and sold Slate Pharmaceuticals, which redefined long lasting testosterone treatment for men, she launched Sprout Pharmaceuticals immediately thereafter. As Co-Founder & CEO of Sprout, the company broke through with the first ever FDA-approved drug for low sexual desire in women named Addyi — dubbed “female Viagra” by the media. In 2015, Cindy sold the company to Valeant Pharmaceuticals for $1b cash. Shortly after the sale, Valeant became the subject of media scrutiny for the rampant price inflation of their drugs and an SEC investigation related to accounting practices. Not one to sit idly by, Cindy negotiated to reacquire Addyi at no cost, in order to properly launch it into marketplace on her own terms. Today, Cindy is focused on mentoring, investing in, launching and building other women-led or focused businesses. In 2016, she opened the doors to The Pink Ceiling — a cross between a VC firm, a ‘pinkubator,’ and a consulting enterprise — where she is CEO. At The Pink Ceiling, she has personally invested $15m across 10 different health tech companies at various stages of development.

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Oct 31, 2022

Venture Capital investing in FemTech with Fusion Fund - Ep 185

Lu Zhang is the Founder and Managing Partner of Fusion Fund. Lu is a renowned Silicon Valley based investor, a serial entrepreneur, and a Stanford Engineering alumna. Lu was recently selected as one of the Best 25 Female Early-stage Investors by Business Insider. The Fusion Fund just closed its third fund at $125M, to invest in founders innovating in deep tech and healthcare with a focus on seed and series A stage companies in North America. In this interview, we discuss what venture funds want to see in femtech startups, common mistakes, and Lu’s biggest advice. This is a great opportunity for an inside look into how VC is thinking about femtech investments! Learn more about the fund at www.fusionfund.com.

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Oct 24, 2022

Occiguide soothes headaches & migraines that disproportionately affect females - Ep 184

Jillian Fink is the CEO and founder of Occiguide which is a medical device that treats headaches. Headaches are a leading cause of pain and disability, and routinely affect the well-being and work productivity of more than 45 million Americans each year. Women are twice as likely to have headaches than men and even worse, 85% of migraine patients are women. Many people suspect its hormonal fluctuations are to blame but research still needs to be done. Learn more at www.occiguide.com

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Oct 03, 2022

Diagnosing & Managing ADHD in females with Understood.org - Ep 183

Jenny Wu is the Co-President & Chief Product Officer at Understood.org. Understood.org is a resource for more than 70 million people with learning and thinking differences like ADHD and dyslexia. They help these neurodivergent individuals understand and anticipate life’s challenges, and build their confidence through personalized and expert-driven experiences, community and content. Understood.org is a 501(c)(3) private operating foundation based in New York. In this episode, we dive deep into ADHD or attention deficit hyperactivity disorder. Although males are diagnosed with ADHD 3x more than females, it takes significantly longer for females to be diagnosed even though the symptoms arrive as early as they do In males during childhood. Jenny and I discuss why that is and what we could do about it. For more information, to donate, or to become a partner, visit u.org/media and follow them on Twitter @UnderstoodOrg

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Sep 26, 2022

Cosm Medical is revolutionizing the vaginal pessary - Episode 182

Derek Sham, the founder and CEO of Cosm Medical, is an engineer who has launched over 8 medical devices in urology, gynecology, gastroenterology, and cardiology. His last urology diagnostic company was PE-back and exited in 2016. Inspired by the complications his grandmother faced, Derek set out to create a better solution for pelvic floor health like preventing pelvic organ prolapse and stopping urinary incontinence. Cosm Medical is creating a digital gynecology platform to personalize care for women. They are revolutionizing the pessary using ultrasound, AI, and 3D printing technologies. Derek is bringing pelvic floor health into the 21st century with cutting-edge technology. Learn more at www.cosm.care

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Sep 20, 2022

Dr. Silvia Mah from Stella Angels provides an angel's perspective on FemTech investing - Ep 181

Dr. Silvia Mah is the founder and chairwoman of Stella, a business accelerator for women, and the founder of Stella Angels. Stella Angels is a network of accredited angel investors who are funding women. In this interview, we cover what it’s like for angels investing in femtech, what they’re looking for, what challenges they see companies facing, and what they hope the future of femtech investing looks like.

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Sep 13, 2022

The Honey Pot Co creating natural products for vaginal wellness - Ep 180

Beatrice Dixon is the founder and chief innovation officer at The Honey Pot Co. Their products are sold online and at major retailers including Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens, Bed Bath and Beyond, Wegmans and more. The Honey Pot Company currently offers feminine washes, wipes, tampons, pads, mommy-to-be products, sexual wellness and soon-to-be additional offerings in both the feminine hygiene and feminine care segments. Their plant-derived feminine hygiene line is created with the goal to provide humans with vaginas, a healthy alternative to feminine care that is made with ingredients that are kind and safe for skin. Our listeners get a special offer! Go to www.thehoneypot.co and use promocode femtech for 15% off your order.

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