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 01, 2022

Live UTI Free advocates for females suffering with chronic UTIs - Episode 166

In today’s episode, I interview Melissa Kramer the CEO and Founder of Live UTI free. As a women's health advocate Melissa works closely with researchers, clinicians, and members of the public to ensure the patient perspective is acknowledged, particularly in the area of recurrent urinary tract infection - the second most common infection in adults, globally. In 2017, she founded Live UTI Free, a patient advocacy and research organization with a highly engaged community. 7 million females experience a UTI each year in the United States with about 35% of them having another UTI within 6 months. Many of these reoccurring infections may be caused by an underlying bladder infection that goes undiagnosed and ineffectively treated. My favorite resource they offer is the ‘take to your doctor’ and ‘patient guide’ resources. These are documents that help empower women to speak with their physicians about what they believe they are experiencing. Get these resources and more at www.LiveUTIfree.com. Enjoy the episode!

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May 01, 2022

Abortion in the United States and what's at stake this June - Episode 165

In today’s episode, I interview Madeline Waugh, a social scientist with a focus on reproductive rights in the United States. In this episode, we walk you through the history of abortion in the United States and the present-day situation we find ourselves in. Unfortunately, it feels like most of the world is in chaos so many of us may not realize how close we are in the United States to losing our right to an abortion. In June the Supreme Court will review a Mississippi abortion law and there is a high probability that the court will overturn Roe v Wade making abortion no longer a constitutional right. This will cause a domino effect state by state of the elimination of a female’s right to decide what’s best for her and her body. Although this seem very gloom for women’s rights today we still have an opportunity to improve our chances for the future. The opportunity lies in voting, especially in local elections. I recently met Lisa Mead, a woman running for election in my community. If elected, she would be the youngest female County Commissioner and only parent of school aged children. In Wake County North Carolina we have a very important local election on May 17, with early voting beginning April 28. If you live elsewhere, please make sure to check with the Board of Elections to see when your primary election is, many are occurring in the next month! Local elections can have huge impacts on women's rights and health, so it is important to vote. Please share this episode with your networks because female rights may take a huge setback but we must be prepared to fight for our right to choose. If you benefited from listening to this episode, please consider donating to FemTech Focus which is a 501c3 non-profit empowering the women's health innovation industry. https://femtechfocus.org/donate/

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Apr 17, 2022

Virtual eating disorder treatments by Equip Health - Episode 164

In today’s episode, I interview Erin Parks, PhD the co-founder and chief operating officer of Equip Health. Equip helps families recover from eating disorders at home. Equip’s virtual, evidence-based care is provided by a dedicated five-person team that empowers families to help their loved ones achieve lasting recovery. In the US alone 5 million people will develop an eating disorder which has the 2nd highest mortality rate of all mental illnesses. In fact, there’s been a 70% increase in eating disorders since the start of the pandemic indiscriminate of gender, race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Did you know that 40% of people struggling with anorexia are males? When a disease is considered a female disease it is wildly underserved. If you’re a male suffering from a culturally-perceived female condition, you may even have it worse than the females suffering from that illness because of the bias. If you or someone you know is wondering if their disordered eating is actually an eating disorder then please take a free assessment at www.equip.health

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Apr 17, 2022

AllVoices enables a healthier work environment and company culture - Episode 163

In today’s episode, I interview Claire Schmidt the founder & CEO of AllVoices. AllVoices is an employee feedback management platform that is taking a modern approach to driving change within organizations by giving all employees a way to speak up, provide feedback, ask questions, share positive input, and report harassment, bias, or culture issues directly to their company’s leadership. Before founding AllVoices, Claire served as Vice President of Technology and Innovation at 20th Century Fox and she came across Susan Fowler's blog, exposing the toxic harassment she experienced as a software engineer at Uber. The story occupied part of Claire’s mind for months. She began speaking with CEOs, lawyers, HR professionals and other employees (including Susan Fowler) and discovered that the tools available to employees to share feedback or report issues were ineffective, ominous and rarely used. The whistleblower hotlines in the market were outdated and clunky. This lack of an effective and comprehensive employee feedback management platform, was encouraging toxic workplace cultures of silence and unresolved, systemic issues. So Claire began building AllVoices. Now, AllVoices is the leading Employee Feedback Management Platform, trusted by leading companies and preferred by employees. Learn more at www.allvoice.co Enjoy the episode!

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Apr 04, 2022

Decoding the vaginal microbiome with Juno Bio - Episode 162

In today’s episode, I interview Hana Janebdar, the co-founder and CEO of Juno Bio. Juno Bio is decoding the vaginal microbiome with its at-home vaginal microbiome test. To date, there has been very little attention to the vaginal microbiome event though it has massive implications for women’s lives. That's why this microbe-obsessed team from London developed a breakthrough test that decodes your microbes and powers up research for the betterment of everyone with a vagina. Disrupted vaginal microbiomes can cause everything from recurrent infections to infertility. Trouble is, it’s a bit of a black box because no one has really invested the time and effort to look until now. June Bio ran The Juno Study. Over 1000 women across the US registered to be part of the biggest IRB-approved study of its kind to power up women’s health research with the richest and most representative repository of vaginal microbiomes. This study shed light on patterns that will raise the standard of care possible for women across the world. You can get your vaginal microbiome test today at www.Juno.Bio Use promo code FEMTECH for 20% off your kit! Enjoy the episode!

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Mar 31, 2022

Flourish combats diet culture and negative body image - Episode 161

In today’s episode, I interview Claire Siegel, the co-founder and CEO of Flourish. Flourish is a wellness platform that helps women “get healthy for good” with zero focus on weight loss or food tracking. Diet culture is so deeply embedded into the American psyche that it is difficult to find programs and platforms that don’t subscribe to the diet approach to wellness. Claire Siegel is a registered dietician and knows first-hand how damaging yo-yo dieting can be–both physically and emotionally. After battling 10 years with diets, food, health, and body image, Claire founded Flourish as the first truly non-diet platform, where she helps women heal from diet culture and sustain healthy habits that align with their values through accountability, community and education. To learn more visit www.weflourish.com Our listeners get a special offer for 1 free week on the platform and 1 free coach consultation meeting. Click the link below, create an account, and voila! Flourish! Enjoy the episode! https://app.weflourish.com/dashboard?invitationCode=FEMTECH

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Mar 21, 2022

American Bone Health gives us the basics on Bones and Osteoporosis - Episode 160

In today’s episode, I interview Cheryl Hostinak, the Executive Director of American bone health. American Bone Health teaches people how to build and keep strong and healthy bones for life with practical and up-to-date information and resources to engage, educate and empower them to prevent bone loss, osteoporosis and fractures. They love bones and we should too! Bone health is something we should think about sooner rather than later. Many health conditions that women deal with, and treatments for those conditions, can cause bone loss and increase risk of broken bones. Everything from diabetes to breast cancer to lupus to mental health. People achieve peak bone mass by about age 30, so after that, you want to minimize net bone loss. Around menopause, bone loss increases significantly. “Primary osteoporosis” is a state of low bone mass related to age and loss of estrogen; “secondary osteoporosis” is low bone mass caused by something else, whether another disease or a medicine or factors such as smoking, alcoholism or an eating disorder. American Bone Health has a scientifically validated assessment tool called the American Bone Health Fracture Risk Calculator. This is a great tool for anyone over 45 to learn whether they are at low, moderate or high risk for weak bones. Take the quiz and learn more about bone health at www.americanbonehealth.org Enjoy the episode!

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Mar 15, 2022

MysteryVibe Prioritizes Pleasure for Everyone with Engineering and Research - Episode 159

In today’s episode, I interview Soumyadip Rakshit, the CEO and co-founder of MysteryVibe. MysteryVibe invents category-defining products that combine the best of humanity & technology to create the most personalized pleasure experience. They want to make sexual health as commonplace as health. So anyone from post-natal to post-menopause, adventurer to ED solver, single to long-term couples…everyone can use MysteryVibes tools, talks & techniques to bring mystery back into the bedrooms. My favorite part of this interview is the revelation that this sextech company is truly dedicated to improving pleasure for women. Whether there’s pain during sex, dryness, or paralysis, MysteryVibes takes their engineering and research to the max to make sure everyone is experiencing mystery and pleasure in the bedroom. Get yours at www.mysteryvibe.com Enjoy the episode!

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Mar 15, 2022

Find the right birth control option for you with Reya Health - Episode 158

In today’s episode, I interview Dallas Barnes, the founder and CEO of Reya Health. Reya’s digital solution makes navigating birth control easy and effective. Their smart algorithms utilize in-depth user profiles to match members with the right birth control solution for them. They also have a Birth Control Boundary tracking system that supports users in managing any birth control side effects or symptoms. Dallas is from Ontario, where she resides with her cats and chickens. Before becoming an entrepreneur herself, Dallas consulted small businesses, working closely with Indigenous entrepreneurs to build business plans and strategies. Now Dallas' main focus is working towards revolutionizing the birth control experience for all birth control users, so females can feel more informed and confident. Our listeners get a special offer. Go to www.reyahealth.ca and use promo code FEMTECH15 for 15% off a monthly membership and find the right birth control for you. Enjoy the episode!

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Mar 04, 2022

BONUS 10 - The Bowdoin Group on the Jobs Market and Skills Needed to Land a Job in FemTech

Today is a special bonus episode! I interview Katelyn Marini, Managing Director at the Bowdoin group. The Bowdoin Group is an executive search firm that specializes in leadership and strategic roles, recruitment process outsourcing (RPO) services, and major hiring projects for a wide range of companies, from small firms building out their executive team to larger firms sourcing talent for rapid market expansion. The Bowdoin group knows women’s health is an emerging market that needs thought leaders at every level to support and accelerator our growth. I am so pleased to see Bowdoin stepping up to the plate as the go-to femtech executive search firm. They have partnered with FemTech Focus one our upcoming jobs fair on March 23rd! In fact, the first hour of the event will be an in-depth talk about the current jobs market in the United States and what skills one needs to land a job in femtech. Consider this bonus episode as a preview to this excellent talk. Please be sure to register for the jobs fair at femtechfocus.org Learn more about the Bowdoin Group at www.BowdoinGroup.com Enjoy the episode!

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Feb 27, 2022

New UK-based FemTech Fund, Goddess Gaia Ventures - Episode 157

In today’s episode, I interview Priya Oberoi, Founding general partner Goddess Gaia ventures. Priya is an entrepreneur, founder, and lawyer by training. She is also a cancer survivor passionate about investing in technology that improves women’s health. Goddess Gaia Ventures is a female-founded 100M Pound venture fund investing in pre-series A femtech startups in the United Kingdom. They align their investments with creating a sustainable and healthy planet and prioritize investing in underrepresented and female founders. If you would like your startup's fundraise to be considered by Goddess Gaia then go to www.ggventures.co.uk to submit information about your deal. Enjoy the episode!

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Feb 20, 2022

Techquity and Cultural Humility in Digital Health with Dr. Harpreet Nagra - Episode 156

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Harpreet Nagra, a behavioral scientist, clinical researcher, licensed psychologist, and equity expert. She serves as the VP of Behavior Science and Advanced Technologies at One Drop. One Drop is a digital health company harnessing the power of behavioral science, mobile computing, and data science to transform the lives of people with diabetes and other chronic conditions worldwide. In this interview, we speak about techquity. Techquity refers to digital health solutions being more equitable, accessible, and inclusive. I know many of you listeners know about the systemic biases in AI/ML algorithms used in healthcare that aren’t being addressed – in just one example, most of the data used to power AI are from studies done predominantly with male subjects. In another example, a 2019 study found that an algorithm assigned the same health risk scores to Black patients who were considerably sicker than white patients. As we continue to see digital health exploding, these companies are based their solutions on biased algorithms. Dr. Harpreet and I discussed how we must prioritize the creation and refinement of digital health tools to advance “techquity” and cultural humility. Enjoy the episode!

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Feb 20, 2022

Interview with Deborah Copaken, Author of "Ladyparts", a Memoir - Episode 155

In today’s episode, I interview Deborah Copaken, the author of "Ladyparts", a memoir. Deb is a New York Times bestselling author of several books, including Shutterbabe, The Red Book, and Between Here and April, among others. A contributing writer at The Atlantic, she was also a TV writer on Emily in Paris, a performer, and an Emmy Award–winning news producer and photojournalist. Her photographs have appeared in Time, Newsweek, and The New York Times. Her writing has appeared in The New Yorker, The New York Times, The Guardian, The Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, the Oprah Magazine, and many more. We speak today about her seventh book entitled “Ladyparts, a memoir” where she describes her real-life journey through female health issues in a world prioritized for males and systems that are supposed to support the sick but often keep them down. Be sure to get your copy of her book at your local book store. Learn more about Deb at www.deborahcopaken.com. Enjoy the episode!

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Feb 20, 2022

CoFertility has the expert, curated answers to all your fertility questions - Episode 154

In today’s episode, I interview Arielle Spiegel, the founder and CEO of CoFertility. Cofertility is a dynamic website where you can get all your fertility questions answered. CoFertility can’t make you get pregnant faster. But they can make the waiting less lonely and confusing. I love Arielle's story of how and why she founded CoFertility. She founded it in the middle of her own fertility struggles. She says she had a great doctor and a clinic but she still had questions. Sometimes these questions were too embarrassing to ask. Sometimes they felt stupid. Sometimes they happened in the middle of the night. She would look online and find some answers but they weren’t credible, out of touch, or completely overwhelming. So she started CoFertility to curate the expert answers to every fertility-related question all in one place. My personal favorite resource they have is a full database of funding resources to pay for fertility treatments. Check this out and more at www.cofertility.com Enjoy the episode!

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Feb 20, 2022

Orchyd's App and Purse help you not get your period while unprepared - Episode 153

In today’s episode, I interview Morgan and Courtney King, the Cofounders of Orchyd. Orchyd is a period care company that provides inclusive and sustainable support to women and everyone who has a period by reshaping the way we look at menstrual care. They have a period tracking app with on-demand telemedicine and a Bluetooth enabled purse that holds your menstrual products and reminds you when to bring them along with you so you don't find yourself bleeding without being prepared. Essentially Orchyd provides a modern-day solution to old-world problems. Read more about the King sisters and Orchyd in the Show Notes. Check out their app, purse, and other offerings at www.orchyd.com Enjoy the episode!

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Jan 27, 2022

Cleo supports working parents as an employer benefit - Episode 152

In today’s episode, I interview SJ Sacchetti the CEO of Cleo. Cleo’s mission is to transform the perception and experience of being a working family from a disadvantage to an edge in America’s workforce. Cleo is a family benefit offered to prospective and current parents through their employers. Cleo’s clients include major companies such as Pinterest, salesforce, PepsiCo, and Upwork. Cleo brings working families the support they need from family planning to parenting children up to age 12 with mental health support, career coaching, parenting advice, family health navigation, and more through one-on-one guidance with a coach, personalized content, and an intuitive app. In this episode, we not only speak about the need for employers to support working parents but also how the pandemic has disrupted what we think of as work/life balance. Platforms like Cleo are needed now more than ever not only to maintain business success but also to keep parents and children healthy and happy. Learn more at www.hicleo.com Enjoy the episode!

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Jan 27, 2022

Proov, the first & only FDA-cleared at-home ovulation test - Episode 151

In today’s episode, I interview Amy Beckley, PhD, founder and CEO of Proov. Proov is an at-home test and app to monitor hormone levels and predicts fertile windows and ovulation quality. Proov was invented by Dr. Amy Beckley after three years of infertility and seven miscarriages, Amy applied her own science expertise to uncover a luteal phase defect also known as a problem with ovulation quality. With help from her doctor and a simple supplement, Amy was able to get pregnant with her daughter. She is now on a mission to support other women trying to get pregnant. Proov’s Confirm PdG test strips were clinically validated and are registered with the FDA and received FDA clearance in March of 2020. Their tests are the first and only FDA-cleared PdG tests to confirm successful ovulation at home. Proov’s corresponding app tells you exactly when to test and provides a monthly ovulation score. Just upload a picture of the pee strip test to get numerical results in minutes about your hormone levels. I’ve truly enjoyed watching Proov grow as a company from idea to Series A funded with sales starting to go international. They have a lineup of strong intellectual property on their tests and some incredible investors supporting them. Get 20% off your order at www.proovtest.com with promo code "femtech". Enjoy the episode!

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Jan 14, 2022

PostureWings integrates posture support into their revolutionary athletic bra - Episode 150

In today’s episode, I interview, Mary Fenske, the founder and CEO of Posture Wings. The Posture Wings athletic bra supports the breasts, spine, and shoulders while allowing for freedom of movement. It's a sports bra that helps with posture support and keeps bones and joints in proper alignment so that muscles are used correctly. Posture Wings are engineered to leverage the skeleton and muscles to support breast tissue. The patented straps improve posture support while reducing bounce and pain. The combination of comfortable, effective breast support with posture positioning is a game changer! In this episode, I did a lot more listening than talking. Mary is so informed on the history of bras and the science of posture and breast tissue, it blew me away. I just wanted to keep listening to her recount the stories of how we got to where we are and what health problems women face today that may be due to our bras! Learn more at www.posturewings.com Enjoy the episode!

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Jan 13, 2022

BabyScript's Remote Maternal Health Monitoring via Customizable Mobile App - Episode 149

Hi femfans, in today’s episode, I interview Juan Pablo Segura, president and co-founder of Babyscripts. Babyscripts is a virtual maternity care software solution. It enables physicians to virtually connect with expecting and new mothers between visits with a fully customizable, branded, HIPAA-compliant mobile app. Providers are able to educate, empower and engage with patients with daily content up through 1 year postpartum. The app offers a robust library of educational content in English and Spanish, weight tracking tools, and customizable assessments and surveys including remote blood pressure monitoring and monitoring the mental health of the mom. Babyscripts is helping fill in the maternal health gap using technology. Learn more at www.babyscripts.com Enjoy the episode!

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Jan 13, 2022

2021 End of Year Review - Episode 148

FemTech back a hot topic in 2021. How has this affected our industry? What are the risks and benefits of FemTech becoming mainstream? In this episode, our host, Dr. Brittany Barreto discusses the industry year in review plus predictions for where the industry is headed in 2022. Check out FemTech Focus at www.femtechfocus.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Dec 29, 2021

Future of Sex & SexTech School with Bryony Cole - Episode 147

In today’s episode, I interview Bryony Cole, the founder of Future of Sex and SexTech School. As the world’s leading authority on sextech, Bryony is fascinated by the way technology permeates every corner of our lives, even the most intimate ones. Since launching the top-rated podcast *Future of Sex*, Bryony has been on stages across the world forecasting trends in the sextech industry for governments, tech titans and entertainment companies. Her incredible body of research, global sextech hackathons and annual *Future of Sex* report are considered the pinnacle of industry insights and innovation. She is also part of the New York-based Women of Sextech, a fast-growing community of entrepreneurs, developers and thought leaders. More recently Bryony launched sextech school which is a 6-week virtual program for founders and investors to learn more about the market and how to be successful in the space. Check out her podcast Future of Sex at futureofsex.org and her new program at sextechschool.com Enjoy the episode!

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Dec 20, 2021

Femasys creates Products and Procedures for the Fallopian Tubes - Episode 146

In today’s episode, I interview Kathy Lee-Sepsick CEO and founder of Femasys (NASDAQ FEMY). Femasys is a publicly-traded, biomedical company focused on transforming women’s healthcare with minimally invasive, non-surgical, in-office product technologies providing significant clinical impact to address severely underserved areas. Their product FemVue is available in the market to physicians to assess the Fallopian tubes via ultrasound since sometimes infertility is caused by blockages in the Fallopian tubes. Their other product candidates are FemBloc, a nonsurgical product for permanent birth control, and FemaSeed, a sperm delivery product for infertility treatment. Kathy founded Femasys in 2004 and continues to serve as the company's CEO even after it went public in June of this year. She holds over 100 patents globally for Femasys’ products and product candidates. Learn more at femasys.com. Guest Bio: Kathy Lee-Sepsick, Femasys founder, has served as Chief Executive Officer and President and as Chairman of the board of directors since February 2004. Ms. Lee-Sepsick has served as a senior executive in the medical technologies industry for nearly three decades, compiling a successful track record in growing emerging companies and corporate operating divisions. She holds over 100 patents globally for Femasys’ products and product candidates. Ms. Lee-Sepsick was instrumental in the various stages of product and company life cycles with strategic, operational, and executive responsibilities, at start-ups Novoste Corporation, developer of intravascular therapy solution and SaluMedica, biomaterial developer of artificial cartilage. At the onset of her career, Ms. Lee-Sepsick served in a product management role at Terumo Medical Corporation, where she was integral in the management of strategic partner, Boston Scientific Corporation. Ms. Lee-Sepsick also serves on the Board of Directors of Georgia Bio. Ms. Lee-Sepsick is a graduate of Rutgers University with an MBA and a BS in Biochemistry.

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Dec 06, 2021

Lin Health supports those struggling with Chronic Pain - Episode 145

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Abigail Hirsch the founder of Lin Health. Abigail is a clinical psychologist by training and no stranger to the world of digital therapeutics. Her company Lin Health is a digital platform for chronic pain management. Their care support team helps individuals navigate a personalized and integrative approach to care. They’ve built a connected, curated, and customizable digital pain management solution poised to deliver chronic pain treatment at scale in a way that the current health systems cannot. Chronic pain affects one out of five Americans or 50M people and accounts for 15% of all doctor visits. Globally, women struggle with chronic pain at higher proportions than men; however women are less likely to receive treatment. Women with persistent pain have been underserved by a broken healthcare system to the point of a national crisis. In this episode, we learn that persistent pain isn't just a symptom but rather a medical condition that needs to be properly diagnosed and addressed head-on. 90% of Lin members reported lower pain intensity, reduced pain interference in their lives, start to sleep comfortably, feel happy and calm, and cope better if the pain does flare up. To learn more visit www.Lin.Health Enjoy the episode!

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Dec 06, 2021

Big Health Digital Therapeutics for Insomnia and Anxiety - Episode 144

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Juliette McClendon, the Director of medical affairs at Big Health. Big Health has two mental health apps. The first is called Sleepio which supports people suffering from insomnia and the second is Daylight which supports people with anxiety. Both of which disproportionately affect women. Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than men. Women are also twice as likely to have insomnia, the inability to fall asleep and stay asleep, as men. Big Health has raised over $40M in funding. Their mission is to help millions back to good mental health by providing safe and effective non-drug alternatives for the most common mental health conditions. Big Health’s digital therapeutics expand access to gold-standard care, including behavioral medicine, and are backed by industry-leading research and randomized controlled trials. They have 64 publications with more than 28,000 participants, including 13 randomized controlled trials. A fun fact about Big Health is that their apps are offered for free to all the citizens of Scotland. Go Scotland! To learn more go to www.bighealth.com Enjoy the episode!

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Nov 23, 2021

Dr. Robynne Chutkan talking about GutBliss and Period Poop - Episode 143

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Robynne Chutkan. She’s an Integrative Gasterointerologist, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, and author of three books; The Bloat Cure, The Microbiome Solution, and Gutbliss. This is a super informative and fun episode where we discuss the difference between women's and men's GI tracks. Spoiler alert - turns out we have a lot of differences! We also talk about how hormones from pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause change your stool. Yes, I’m referring to period poop. Dr. Robynne did not shy away from the topics that we all wonder about but don’t ask. Learn more about her practice and books at www.gutbliss.com. Enjoy the episode!

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Nov 18, 2021

Femtec Health's Platform Technology, Fresh Out of Stealth Mode - Episode 142

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Kim Capone the Chief Scientific Officer of Femtec Health. FemTec Health intends to integrate genetic, microbiome, and biometric data into a consumer-driven digital health experience with a focus on women’s specific health issues. This is a special episode because Femtec Health has just emerged from stealth mode and requested to tell their story on our show. Normally I like to interview people and companies that have been around and made huge strides to advance women’s health. This company is interesting because prior to their press release they raised $38M from big-name investors including Longmont Capital, Ithaca LifeSciences, Unilever Ventures, Shiseido, E Ventures, Viking Global, and Trinity Capital. They acquired Birchbox makeup subscription service, Mira Beauty, and Liquid Grids a healthcare marketing platform. At launch, the company has over 10M members, 2 clinical trials in progress, and a team of 150 people around the world. The founder Dr. Kimon Angelides has previously exited four healthcare companies with billions in exit value. Femtec Health claims to bring together products, services, and data analytics to accommodate continued care for women at every stage of their life. Their patent-pending BiomeAI engine uses AI and deep machine learning to translate consumer, genetic, microbiome, and biometric data into holistic personalized healthcare for women. One cannot deny the splash Femtec Health has created. Enjoy the episode!

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Nov 08, 2021

Bayer's commitment to Women's Healthcare - Episode 141

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Cecilia Caetano, Medical Affairs Director of Bayer’s Women’s Healthcare. Over the last 6 years, Cecilia has been a key physician at Bayer in their women’s health division. She’s worked on their short-acting contraceptives as the medical lead for the birth control pill, Yaz. She then worked on long-acting contraceptives supporting the global launch of a new intrauterine contraceptive and the global lead for the IUD Mirena. Over the past year, Cecilia has led Bayer’s strategy for menopause management. Bayer has been doubling down on their women’s health strategy with collaborations with period tracking giant, Clue, an exclusive license agreement with publicly-traded company Dare Biosciences, a collaboration with Evotec to develop clinical candidates for treating PCOS, and a half a billion-dollar acquisition of KaNDy Therapeutics a UK based biotech company with a compound to treat hot flashes for women in menopause. If you’re a startup looking to partner with a Pharma giant, Bayer may just be the partner you’re looking for. Enjoy the episode!

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Nov 01, 2021

CBD products for women's health with EcoFibre - Episode 140

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Alex Capano the Chief scientific officer of EcoFibre. Ecofibre is a leader in hemp-based products with over 20 years of growing and breeding experience. They own one of the largest collections of genetically diverse hemp plants with over 300 landraces of cannabis from over 25 countries. Industrial hemp refers to the non-psychoactive, meaning less than 1% THC, varieties of Cannabis Sativa. Over the years, hemp has been unjustly demonized due to its association with marijuana, but this good seed is shedding a bad name. As promising research and mass interest grow in what many are calling a “miracle plant,” hemp is making a comeback of global proportion. Ecofibre has several businesses it operates including a hemp-based textile company and over-the-counter health and wellness products sold at local pharmacies. This pharmacy brand is called Ananda Health and it’s the leading pharmacy brand in the United States for hemp-derived CBD products. In fact, Ecofibre was the first hemp company to receive Investigational New Drug or IND authorization from the FDA for a clinical trial on hemp-derived CBD to treat chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. At Ecofibre, Dr. Alex Capano champions the company’s $40 million commitment to research to advance the clinical evidence of hemp extract. As the Chief Science Officer for Ananda Hemp, she acts as a principal investigator on clinical research and trials, focusing on hemp-based CBD therapy. Dr. Alex is the first person to earn a Ph.D. in cannabinoid science. She is currently researching CBD’s effects on CIPN, sleep, anxiety, addiction, endometriosis, certain cancers, and cognitive decline. She has a particular interest in women’s health and has truly spearheaded research in CBDs effectiveness for all things gynecology including intimate oils, flora balancing gels, and period pain. Check out these products at www.anandaprofessional.com.

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Nov 01, 2021

Wile products empower grown women (40+) through perimenopause - Episode 139

In today’s episode, I interview Gwen Floyd, the co-founder and CEO of Wile. Wile is a holistic, plant-based wellness line for grown women 40-plus, rooted in hormonal and emotional balance. Created in partnership with endocrinologists and naturopaths, Wile is led by a team of seasoned entrepreneurs. Wile serves the 30 million mid-life women ignored by brands and the medical establishment yet overburdened with expectations. Wile believes access to effective solutions, real information and community around perimenopause and emotional wellness is a critical health and gender justice issue of our time. Wile recently launched on Grove Collaborative and may be in a retail store near you soon. Check out their lineup of drinks, supplements, and tinctures at www.wilewomen.com. Our listeners get a special discount. Just enter FEMTECH20 at checkout for 20% off your order. Enjoy the episode!

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Oct 18, 2021

Cost to Acquire a Customer in FemTech & SexTech with O.School - Episode 138

In today’s episode, I interview Andrea Barrica the founder and CEO of O.School. O.School is a judgment-free multi-media platform for sexual wellness. Andrea is building a future with less sexual shame and judgment and more permission to build sexual wellness, whatever that means for each person. O.School believes that every human being on this planet deserves comprehensive education about sex, pleasure, and relationships. Andrea is a serial entrepreneur, investor, contributor to New York Times and Forbes.com, author of the book entitled “Sextech Revolution, the Future of Sexual Wellness”. In our interview, you’ll hear how she was raised in a religious, conservative, first-generation Filipino-American family that only taught abstinence. Struggling with her own sexuality and the shameful messages she received about sex and the importance of virginity, she couldn't find reliable resources online. She became obsessed with the question: what exists between Planned Parenthood and porn? In this interview, we also deep dive into customer acquisition in the women’s health space. If you read FemTech Focus’s report we published this summer, you would have seen that 1 of the 4 biggest challenges facing femtech startups is media censorship of our products on marketing platforms. Andrea and I deep dive into some key metrics on marketing, research, and sales in the women’s health space. Learn more at O.School. Enjoy the episode!

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