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Femtech Focus Podcast

With Dr. Brittany Barreto

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. 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.

Aug 03, 2020

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!

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Jul 29, 2020

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!

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Jul 27, 2020

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!

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Jul 22, 2020

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!

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Jul 20, 2020

"Clean up in aisle V" with Come & Gone - Episode 29

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Jul 15, 2020

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!

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Jul 13, 2020

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!

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Jul 10, 2020

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

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Jul 08, 2020

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!

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Jul 06, 2020

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!

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Jul 03, 2020

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!

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Jul 01, 2020

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!

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Jun 29, 2020

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!

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Jun 24, 2020

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!

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Jun 22, 2020

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!

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Jun 18, 2020

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!

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Jun 17, 2020

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!

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Jun 15, 2020

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!

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Jun 10, 2020

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!

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Jun 08, 2020

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!

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Jun 03, 2020

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!

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Jun 01, 2020

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!

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May 26, 2020

Gennev wishing you a Happy Menopause Day! - Episode 14

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May 26, 2020

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!

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May 26, 2020

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!

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May 18, 2020

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!

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May 12, 2020

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. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!

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May 10, 2020

Say 'No' to having a period 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. Dr. Yen is an advocate for not having your period while on birth control. We dive into the biology and evolutionary principles for why she stands behind this advice. We talk about the different types of contraceptives on the market and the biology behind each of them. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast!

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May 04, 2020

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. 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!

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May 04, 2020

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. Rate, review, and subscribe to the podcast

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