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.

May 12, 2021

Mount Carmel's Women's Heart Program treating the hearts of every woman - Episode 115

Dr. Amrita Karve is the Co-Founder and Co-Director of Women's Heart Program at Mount Carmel Health System. Dr. Karve, MD, FACC, is a cardiologist at Mount Carmel Health System, a large private community health system in Columbus, Ohio. The Women's Heart Program was created to increase awareness of heart disease in women, reduce gender disparities in diagnosis and treatment, and to provide a concierge experience for women of all socioeconomic classes to be more engaged in their health. Dr. Karve is a member and guest speaker for the American Heart Association and is board-certified in internal medicine, cardiovascular disease, and echocardiography. Her special interests include women's health and innovative clinical approaches to obesity medicine. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from George Washington University's BA/MD program in 2004, completed her residency in internal medicine at the University of Michigan in 2014, and cardiology fellowship at Ohio State University in 2017. We discussed underdiagnosis for women's heart diseases, risk factors for women's heart diseases and the women's heart program at the Mount Carmel Health System. Check out The Women's Heart Program at the Mount Carmel Health System at https://www.mountcarmelhealth.com/find-a-service-or-specialty/womens-heart-program/ Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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May 11, 2021

Decreasing delayed diagnosis of breast cancer with Gabbi - Episode 114

Kaitlin Christine is the CEO & Founder of Gabbi, a FemTech company aiming to solve delayed diagnosis of preventable diseases that affect women, starting with breast cancer. Kaitlin is a breast cancer survivor and ovarian cancer previvor who has made it her life's mission to empower women to understand their bodies and advocate for themselves. Kaitlin has spent over 9 years in women’s health--working for leading nonprofits, as a sought after national speaker, was the youngest hire for the world’s leading genetic testing company where she led sales and eventually transitioned to a role as a hereditary cancer specialist, and most recently was the VP of Growth for an e-commerce marketing startup. Kaitlin earned her Bachelor of Arts from the University of Denver. We discussed Kaitlin's personal journey with breast cancer, barriers to entry in healthcare, gaps in awareness and innovation for breast cancer. Check out Gabbi at www.begabbi.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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May 05, 2021

ELANZA Wellness and their behavioral health fertility platform- Episode 113

Catherine Hendy is Co-founder of ELANZA Wellness, a behavioral health coaching platform that helps fertility clinics easily provide lifestyle and emotional support to patients, for better experiences and outcomes. ELANZA was recently selected for Techstars New York, an accelerator program for the world’s most promising startups. Catherine and her cofounder, Brittany Hawkins, started the company after their own experiences of gaps in fertility care and have just launched the ELANZA Wellness Whole Patient Care Initiative - asking clinicians who care about diversity, equity and inclusion, emotional support and patient-centric operations to sign the pledge, as well as past and current patients to share their experiences of care. We discussed types of fertility-related issues, fertility clinics and egg freezing. Check out ELANZA Wellness at www.elanzawellness.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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May 03, 2021

Menstrual reflux and early diagnosis for endometriosis with Hera Biotech - Episode 112

Somer Baburek is the CEO, President and Co-Founder of Hera Biotech. Hera Biotech is a biotechnology company that was formed to address unmet needs in the field of women’s health and specifically, in reproductive medicine. Hera’s initial goal is to commercialize the MetriDx™, a non-surgical method for the definitive and early diagnosis of endometriosis. Prior to founding Hera, Somer spent 7 years with the largest life science venture capital fund in San Antonio assisting with due diligence activities and served in 2 of the fund’s sister companies as the Director of Clinical Operations. During her time with the companies, she was part of the senior management team that took them from a single investigator-initiated IND to 4 open INDs, saw the successful license of a 5 sku product line to the largest industry participant and successfully managed an End of Phase 2 Meeting with the FDA before they were acquired for $250M USD. Somer took a short break following the exit, while she looked for available technology in her field of passion, women’s health. We discussed menstrual reflux, the stages of endometriosis and endometriosis diagnosis. Check out Hera Biotech at www.herabiotech.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Apr 29, 2021

FemTech in Emerging Markets with Nabta Health - Episode 111

Sophie is the Co-founder and CEO of Nabta Health, a Hybrid Healthcare company for women headquartered in the United Arab Emirates. Prior to co-founding Nabta, Sophie worked for Accenture as a technology consultant and then founded several impact startups including myZindagi (a doctor-finding platform based in Pakistan) and Le Plastics (a plastic recycling company based in Sierra Leone). Sophie’s lifetime ambition is twofold: to empower women to manage their health with privacy, autonomy and convenience, and to make healthcare affordable and accessible for all women. Sophie read History at the University of Cambridge and completed an MBA with Quantic School of Business and Technology. We discussed the differences between healthcare systems between the United Arab Emirates and the United Kingdom, what the ecosystem for women's health is like in emerging markets and Sophie's journey with fundraising for Nabta Health thus far. Check out Nabta Health at www.nabtahealth.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Apr 25, 2021

Nourishing the future of humanity with BIOMILQ's breastmilk - Episode 110

Michelle Egger, CEO & Co-founder of BIOMILQ, is a diversely experienced food scientist with an eye to global food systems change. She looks to combat global food security and malnutrition in everything she does. Inspired by upstream solutions for infant nutrition at the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, she became obsessed with advancing human nutrition through better infant feeding options. Michelle seeks to harness the capacity to drive environmental and social change through creative food solutions with a consumer-first design. Her entrepreneurial expertise in social impact and sustainable business models drives her commitment to seeking mission-aligned partners. Michelle believes that providing all infants with optimal nutrition in their first 1,000 days of life should be a human right for every parent on the planet. We discussed Michelle's mission to advance society through nourishment, how BIOMILQ produces the breastmilk, Michelle's fundraising mandate for BIOMILQ. Check out BIOMILQ at biomilq.com Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Apr 21, 2021

Granville Biomedical's vaginal models replacing cow tongues in medical school training -Episode 109

Christine Goudie is the Co-Founder and CEO of Granville Biomedical, an all female tech company specializing in the design and manufacturing of women’s health anatomical simulation models for surgical training around the world. Cow tongues, orange peels and car wash sponges are being used as vulva simulation models for medical trainees, Christine and her partner at Granville Biomedical aspire to offer trainees to practice and learn on life-like 3D printed models that reflect the real human body and offer opportunities for hands on training that reflect real world, culturally respective, situations that the current simulation models don't offer. Granville Biomedical is also the first female-led company to receive Health Canada approval to begin clinical trials for their COVID-19 testing product. Christina has a background in Industrial Design and Biomedical Engineering. We discussed vaginal models, normalizing the aesthetics of vulvas, vaginas and making women's health devices less invasive. Check out Granville Biomedical at www.granvillebiomedical.ca Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Apr 19, 2021

Digital health accountability for women's health apps with ORCHA - Episode 108

Dr. Fatima Ahmed is a physician entrepreneur and an ObGyn from the UK with 10 years’ experience working as a doctor. Her passion for improving women’s health on a global scale led her to working at ORCHA, a game changing & world leading company in health and care app evaluation, as their clinical lead in maternity & women’s health. Her strive to improve women’s health and wellbeing globally is what lies behind her motivation to support Femtech founders develop the best products they can to solve some of women’s most urgent needs. How digital health can increase accessibility, app review requirements and making digital health apps safer for everyone. Check out ORCHA at www.appfinder.orcha.co.uk Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Apr 14, 2021

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!

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Apr 12, 2021

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!

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Apr 11, 2021

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!

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Apr 04, 2021

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!

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Apr 04, 2021

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!

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Mar 29, 2021

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!

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Mar 24, 2021

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!

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Mar 23, 2021

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!

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Mar 18, 2021

Reducing vaginal infections with Vagiplug - 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!

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Mar 15, 2021

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!

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Mar 14, 2021

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!

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Mar 10, 2021

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!

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Mar 03, 2021

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!

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Mar 01, 2021

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!

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Mar 01, 2021

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!

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Feb 23, 2021

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!

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Feb 22, 2021

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!

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Feb 19, 2021

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!

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Feb 16, 2021

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!

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Feb 10, 2021

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!

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Feb 08, 2021

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!

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Feb 03, 2021

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!

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