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.

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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Oct 18, 2021

Astarte Ventures, Investing in FemTech before FemTech was a Thing - Episode 137

In today’s episode, I interview Tracy Warren the Managing Partner of Astarte Ventures. Astarte Ventures was formed by Tracy and her business partner, Tammi Jantzen. The fund ran from 2013 to 2017 and was the first early-stage investment fund dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of women and children. Tracy and Tammi could not successfully fundraise the fund because in 2013 the bias of thinking women were a niche market and could not produce large returns was rampant. Tracy and Tammi took things into their own hands and made 8 investments themselves without raising a large fund with outside investors. Their investments include Maternal Medical which just closed a $10M series A, Madorra which has raised over $4M to date, Astarte Medical which Tracy and Tammi now operate as CEO and CFO, Alydia health which was acquired by Merck for $240M and initiated the organon spin-off, and Maven clinic which was just value at over $1B and hasn’t even exited yet. Needless to say, the returns on the fund will be very promising and the data that comes from their portfolio’s success will be extremely valuable for the 6 other femtech funds in operation today to prove to investors that funding women’s health is not only impactful but financially smart. Enjoy the episode!

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Oct 05, 2021

The Lactamo ball supports easier and healthier breastfeeding - Episode 136

In today’s episode, I interview Etta Watts-Russell the Founder and CEO of Lactamo. Lactamo is a specialized ball specifically designed and developed to facilitate and promote breastfeeding. Lactamo harnesses the power of breast massage, compression, heating, and cooling. Breast massage and temperature may be helpful in providing relief for the most common breastfeeding challenges. Lacatamo helps clear blocked ducts, relieve swelling and pain, fight off infection, stimulate milk production and flow and aid the let-down reflex. Check out the lactamo ball at www.lactamo.com

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Oct 05, 2021

Speaking about miscarriages with Parla - Episode 135

In today’s episode, I interview Lina Chan CEO and founder Parla. Parla is a digital health company revolutionizing reproductive health by providing greater access to diagnostic tests and proactive support. Parla was inspired by Lina’s own experience with fertility. She always felt on the back foot. Like many women, she found it difficult to understand what was going on with her body, get trusted support, and take care of her emotional health. Parla means to speak, and Lina believes it’s time to make women’s health an ongoing informed conversation. She is breaking taboos and making misinformation a thing of the past by creating a space that empowers women as they become the authority of their health, body, and choices. Parla supports women in 3 main ways: It empowers women with knowledge about their bodies through at-home tests, predictive data reports, and health quizzes. Second - It makes women feel supported by connecting them with a community of engaged experts and other women in similar reproductive life journeys. And third It nurtures women’s minds and emotional well-being through audio health guides and mindfulness content. The Parla app includes Free fertility health checks, Free meditation programs, Fertility experts for support, and a Community to share and learn with. The thing I was most inspired by in this interview was Lina’s attention to miscarriages and stillbirths. Both miscarriage and stillbirth describe pregnancy loss, but they differ according to when the loss occurs. In the United States, a miscarriage is usually defined as the loss of a baby before the 20th week of pregnancy, and stillbirth is the loss of a baby at 20 weeks of pregnancy and later. 8 out of 10 miscarriages happen in the first 3 months. 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Learn more at www.myparla.com

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Sep 20, 2021

Steelsky Ventures, New Emerging FemTech Fund - Episode 134

In today’s episode, I interview Maria Velissaris, the founding general partner of Steelsky ventures. Steelsky is one of only 6 femtech specific venture funds. Their thesis is driven by their belief that women’s healthcare is a global market opportunity in the nascent stage that is primed for exponential growth. They invest across several verticals in women’s health including medical devices, consumer health, digital health, new healthcare delivery models, ePharmacy, and retail therapeutics. As a femtech investor myself it was great to speak with another woman on the same mission. To be considered for investment, submit your startup information at www.steelskyventures.com. Enjoy the episode!

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Sep 13, 2021

Goodbye public bathroom metal tampon dispensers, Hello Aunt Flow! -Episode 133

In today’s episode, I interview Claire Coder the Chief Estrogen Officer (CEO) and Founder of Aunt Flow. Aunt Flow is making the world better for people with periods. Aunt Flow is the first full-solution to help businesses and schools stock their bathrooms with freely accessible tampons and pads. Their free-vend, wall-mounted dispenser allows companies to provide 100% organic cotton menstrual products at no charge to their employees, students, and guests. So no more quarters! No more giant metal boxes! No more low quality menstrual products! tampons! Please be sure to visit their website at www.goauntflow.com. Enjoy the episode!

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Sep 12, 2021

Coral uses science-based app to improve your sex life - Episode 132

In today’s episode, I interview Isharna Walsh, the CEO, and founder of Coral. Coral is a venture-backed app that shows you how to have your best sex life through personalized lessons, guided exercises, real stories, and more. Coral is here to challenge sexual complacency and wake people up to the wonders of investing in their sex life - because sexuality is an integral part of happiness, health, and identity. Coral is an app that facilitates sexual education, acceptance, and connection, to improve happiness and impact lives, relationships, and society. The founder, Isharna Walsh is an investor turned founder. At one point she was even the Economic Advisor to the Australian Prime Minister and Cabinet. She is a global woman who was born and educated in Australia but has also lived in Indonesia, Italy, Sri Lanka, and the US. Over 300K individuals and couples have used Coral’s science-based app to learn and play their way to less stress, better sex, and deeper intimacy. Learn more at www.getcoral.app. Our listeners get a 20% membership discount. Go to www.trycoral.app/podcast and get 20% off your membership. Enjoy the episode!

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Aug 30, 2021

The Science Behind Prenatal to Postnatal Vitamins with Beli Baby - Episode 131

In today’s episode, I interview Joni Hanson Davis the CEO of Beli. Beli is a prenatal vitamin system designed to help women, men, and babies reach their full potential from day one. Together, Beli for Women and Beli for Men is a winning combination to help increase chances for conception and a healthy baby. Beli for Women offers nutrient-rocking supplements that nourish the female body from preconception to increase chances of fertility, once pregnancy occurs to boost energy and comfort, and post-birth when a woman’s body is recovering. Our listeners get a special discount. Go to www.BeliBaby.com and use promo code Femtech15 for 15% off your order. Enjoy the episode!

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Aug 23, 2021

FemTech Startups Equity Crowdfunding on Republic - Episode 130

In today’s episode, I interview Cheryl Campos the head of venture growth and partnership at Republic. Republic is a private investing platform. Republic curates private investment opportunities with high-growth potential across startups, gaming, real estate, and crypto. Investing in startups was previously available to only the wealthiest 3% of the US population. With Republic, everyone both accredited and non-accredited individuals can invest in private startups for a chance to own equity and hopefully a future return. Republic gives people the power to invest in the future they believe in by providing access to investment opportunities. Focused on creating a diverse, sustainable, connected world, Republic has facilitated over $250 million in investments from over one million global community members. In this interview, we review some very successful femtech deals that fundraised using Republic and discuss why we think crowdfunding could be the right choice for many women’s health consumer products and services. Enjoy the episode!

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Aug 16, 2021

Aila Health uses Artificial Intelligence to Treat Autoimmunity - Episode 129

In today’s episode, I interview Rory Staton, the Founder and CEO of Aila Health. Aila Health is tackling autoimmunity. They are on a mission to improve the healthcare experience for autoimmune patients which are disproportionately female. Aila Health uses data to bring the "invisible" into view, to support shared decision-making with a care team that listens to the patient, and to develop a personalized care plan that works for the patient’s life. Aila empowers its users to understand & manage their symptoms with online education, supportive communities & expert care from their board-certified doctors. To learn more visit www.ailahealth.com Enjoy the episode!

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Aug 08, 2021

MOLLI Surgical replaces wires with magnetic seeds for breast lumpectomies - Episode 128

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Fazila Seker co-founder and CEO of MOLLI Surgical. MOLLI Surgical has developed a device that creates a better treatment journey for breast cancer patients. The device is a cutting-edge magnetic technology that shows surgeons where to remove tissue inside the breast, either a lumpectomy to test for cancer or to remove a cancerous mass. The current procedure is called a wire-guided excision biopsy which includes putting a thin wire into the breast tissue to show a surgeon the exact area to remove. The other end of the wire hangs outside the body and is taped to the woman’s side for up to 1 day before surgery. MOLLI on the other hand is a small magnetic bullet that is inserted into the breast into the target surgical site. No wires are hanging outside the body and there's no rush into surgery within the next 24 hours. The radioactive seed also helps surgeons remove lesions more efficiently and accurately. MOLLI is approved for use in Canada and the US. Fazila hosts a weekly Facebook Live show called “Breast Practices” where experts and patients discuss topics in patient-centered care. Learn more about MOLLI and check out the show breast practices at mollisurgical.com. Enjoy the interview!

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Aug 02, 2021

PCOS Awareness Association providing info and support for this hormone disorder - Episode 127

In today’s episode, I interview Megan Pearson the Founder and Executive Director of PCOS Awareness Association. PCOS Awareness Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. The organization and its volunteers are dedicated to raising the awareness of this disorder worldwide, providing educational and support services to help people understand what the disorder is and how it can be treated. The Association also provides support for people diagnosed with PCOS to help them overcome the syndrome and decrease the impact of its associated health problems. Public awareness of PCOS is necessary because although 10M people are affected, over half of them are unaware of it. Awareness helps the public understand that symptoms like irregular periods and pelvic pain are not something to be ignored and getting it checked is necessary. While there is no cure for PCOS, there are treatments that can help ease the stress and complications of specific symptoms. The exact cause is unknown, but it is considered a hormonal problem. Genetics and environmental factors are believed to be involved in the development of PCOS. It is a leading cause of female infertility and is responsible for a number of symptoms that can affect the body physically and emotionally. Despite the name, many people do not have cysts on their ovaries. The hormones involved in PCOS include androgens, insulin, and progesterone. This was a fascinating interview and I'm sure you’ll love it. Enjoy!

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Jul 29, 2021

The Agenda Period facilitates task management based on your menstrual cycle - Episode 126

In today’s episode, I interview Alyx Coble-Frakes, the CEO and Co-founder of The Agenda Period. The Agenda Period is a new type of period tracker that tells, you based on your menstrual cycle, what kind of work you should be doing. The idea is that today’s work life is based on a 24-hour cycle, which is the hormonal cycle of males. Females have an approximately 28-day cycle. Depending on which of the 4 menstrual phases a female is in, certain tasks should be performed. Such as pitching your startup while ovulating and cleaning out your inbox while bleeding. Download their app for free on the App Store. If you’d like their physical agenda book, go to TheAgendaPeriod.com and use promo code AGENDA10 for 10% off your order.

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Jul 18, 2021

Eli Health, Daily Hormone Testing for Fertility, Contraception, and Overall Understanding of Female Health - Episode 125

In today’s episode, I interview Marina Pavlovic Rivas CEO and Co-founder of Eli Health. Eli Health enables women to take control of their health across their lives, by providing them with powerful information on their daily hormone profile. They are creating a small at-home device to monitor hormones in your saliva on a daily basis. This data then syncs with their app to provide personalized insights into your daily hormone fluctuations. With this powerful information, users know their precise fertile days which is useful for couples who want to conceive and women who want a safe contraceptive method that’s hormone-free and non-invasive. The long-term mission goes beyond fertility and contraception. Hormones are at the very root of women’s health for diet, mental health, bone health, you name it! Yet, no solution allows for daily monitoring of the fluctuations of multiple hormones over many years. This lack of data has led to women’s health needs being poorly understood and thus poorly addressed. Learn more at https://www.eli.health

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Jul 18, 2021

DotLab's blood test for diagnosing endometriosis - Episode 124

In today’s episode, I interview Heather Bowerman, the CEO, and founder of DotLab. DotLab is a women’s healthcare technology company with a breakthrough, non-invasive, blood test that aids in the diagnosis of active endometriosis. Today, 1 in 10 women and people with menstrual cycles suffer from endometriosis. But it takes an average of 7 to 10 years to receive a diagnosis. That’s 120 excruciating periods. The lack of innovation in this space is because painful periods have been normalized for far too long and there aren’t enough tools to catch the disease early. DotLab measures microRNAs in the blood that acts as a unique signature to identify active endometriosis across all stages of the disease, regardless of hormones, cycle, or symptoms. Learn more at https://www.dotlab.com

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Jul 18, 2021

Wildflower Health's healthcare software empowering value-based care for women - Episode 123

Ok femfans, in today’s episode I interview Leah Sparks the CEO and founder at Wildflower Health. Wildflower Health is a healthcare software tool that accelerates virtual and value-based care between physicians, insurance companies, and the patient. They engage patients with a combination of high-tech and high-touch support. Telehealth and healthcare software that connect doctors, patients, and insurance may seem like old news especially after this past year with Covid-19. But Wildflower has been doing this for women’s health since 2012 with their maternal health app. Today, they support the entire ecosystem - the provider, the payer, and the family - with a clinically-integrated solution that is purpose-built to advance more effective, efficient care, as well as the payment models that fuel it. Learn more at https://www.wildflowerhealth.com

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Jun 27, 2021

Using seeds to manage your cycle with Funk It Wellness - Episode 122

Funk It Wellness is a cycle support company that builds products and community to support menstruators through their hormonal journey. Their products include a seed cycling kit to support PMS symptoms and an organic maca concentrate for increasing libido. The founder and CEO, Kate Morton, is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Human Clinical Nutrition and a passion for talking about periods & hormones. A little over 4 years ago she got off birth control after years and years and experienced all of the side effects of hormonal imbalance which lead her to create Funk It. Funk It is a 100% food-based hormone support company with its star product being their Seed Cycling Kits. Don’t know what seed cycling is? Tune in to find out more! Use promocode "femtech" at https://www.funkitwellness.com for 20% off your order.

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Jun 25, 2021

Coyote Ventures, the Newest Women's Health Fund in Partnership with FemTech Focus - BONUS 10

Meet the newest women's health and wellness venture fund, Coyote Ventures. Coyote Ventures is a $10M Seed-stage venture fund in the United States investing in companies innovating in women’s health and wellness. Jessica Karr and Dr. Brittany Barreto are the founders and General Partners of Coyote Ventures. Coyote is the venture arm of FemTech Focus, a community of global innovators in women's health, with 120+ podcast episodes, founder resources, and community events. As scientists (MS in Biochemistry and PhD in Genetics) with entrepreneurial (Impossible Foods) and venture experience (Capital Factory), Jessica and Brittany are uniquely positioned to empower our portfolio companies in the women’s health and wellness space. https://www.coyote.ventures

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Jun 21, 2021

Crave's Pleasure Manifesto - Episode 121

Crave aims to make buying and using a sex toy an elevated experience. One that leads to fulfillment and thoughtful conversations about sexuality. All of Crave’s products are designed and developed by our women-led team in their advanced R&D center and micro-factory in San Francisco. Ti Chang is an award-winning industrial designer committed to creating innovative products with years of experience working in designing products for women. At Crave, Ti leads the design vision of the company’s full line of products and has been the leading voice in bringing modern sex toys into the mainstream. Use promocode FEMTECH for a free engravement on your sex toy, www.lovecrave.com

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Jun 14, 2021

AOA Dx ventures to diagnose ovarian cancer - Episode 120

AOA is a team of entrepreneurs and experts that bring innovative, impactful and cost-effective medical technologies from research and development into the hands of providers and patients. AOA's mission is to bring to market the first accurate early stage ovarian cancer diagnostic test that will improve clinical practice, help reduce patient mortality and deliver cost savings to payers.Their first product, is the first liquid biopsy test that accurately enables early diagnosis of ovarian cancer through the analysis of tumor marker gangliosides. This episode features an interview with Oriana Papin-Zoghbi, the CEO and Co-Founder of AOA Dx. She has global experience creating and leading teams and organizations resulting in successful strategic exits. ​Oriana brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise from women's health startups and large life science companies, and a passion for entrepreneurship and solving problems that disproportionately affect women.

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Jun 08, 2021

Funding the next generation of women's sexual health companies with Amboy Street Ventures - Episode 119

Carli Sapir is a Founding Partner of Amboy Street Ventures, a venture capital fund investing in Seed and Series A sexual health & women’s health technology startups that are progressing the industry in America and Europe. She is also the Founder of the Female Founded Club (FFC), a global platform that introduces VC investors to high-quality female founded startups. Carli has an affinity for startups in the sexual health and women's health technology landscape due to personal health experiences. While running the FFC, she recognized that the lack of venture capital flowing to the SH&WHT market is stunting the growth of startups that tackle significant health problems for all genders. Prior to Amboy Street Ventures, Carli worked in private equity and engineering. We discussed VICE clauses, FemTech startups Carli is excited about and the Healthy Pleasure Group. Check out Amboy Street Ventures at www.amboystreet.vc Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Jun 07, 2021

How COVID-19 and the vaccines affect females differently - Episode 118

Rosemary Morgan, PhD, is an Associate Scientist at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health in the Department of International Health. Dr. Morgan has expertise in gender, gender analysis, and intersectionality within health and health systems. Some of her current work includes: Leading the Sex and Gender Analysis Core for the NIH funded Sex and Age Differences in Immunity to Influenza (SADII) Center; co-primary investigator on a project exploring the gendered effects of COVID-19 in Bangladesh, Kenya, Nigeria, DRC, and Brazil; co-primary investigator for the project Risk and Resilience in the Health Workforce: Understanding and Supporting the Experiences of Women Health Workers during COVID-19 in British Columbia, Canada; and Gender Equality and Social Inclusion (GESI) advisor for Learning, Acting and Building for Rehabilitation in Health Systems Consortium (ReLAB-HS). She also coordinates an international Gender and COVID-19 Working Group. We discussed differences between gender and sex, how gender bias is embedded in the healthcare system, how COVID-19 and vaccines affect women differently. Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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May 24, 2021

HERHealthEQ bringing health equity to developing countries- Episode 117

Marissa Fayer is the Founder and CEO HERHealthEQ, a social enterprise non-profit on a mission to close the gap in health equity around the world by provide medical devices to detect non-communicable diseases in developing countries. Marissa is a 20-year medtech executive, entrepreneur, and philanthropis and also serves as the president of advisory firm Fayer Consulting LLC, Executive Vice-President of Women’s Health at DeepLook Medical, and Venture Partner at Assiduity Capital. Marissa has also previously served as an executive at Hologic, Olympus, Maquet-Gettinge, Providien Medical, and Accumed Innovative Technologies. She serves on the board of medtech companies Welwaze Medical, DeepLook Medical, and PMD Medical. Marissa graduated from Boston University with a BS in Manufacturing Engineering and from University of Connecticut with an MBA and is a TEDx Speaker (2019 at TEDxLugano), and has been listed as one of the Top 100 Women in Medtech in 2018, a Top Woman Activist to Watch, awarded the 2018/9 Africa Development Award, a Wonder Women in Medtech in 2017, has spoken globally and been published widely. We discussed how HERHealthEQ came about, barriers to donating medical equipment and barriers to care in developing countries. Check out HERHealthEQ at www.herhealtheq.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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May 17, 2021

TMRW's remote automated platform for frozen eggs and embryos - Episode 116

Melanie Goldey is the COO & CFO at TMRW Life Sciences, a fertility tech company bringing safety, security, and automation to the long-term care and storage of the frozen eggs and embryos at the heart of nearly every IVF birth. Before TMRW, Melanie was CFO at Refinery29, where she led the company’s merger with Vice Media Group, creating the largest digital media company in the world, valued at over $4 billion. Prior to Refinery29, Melanie was an executive at Everyday Health, a multi-platform digital healthcare company using data and technology to service patients, professionals, payers, and providers. There, she helped grow the company’s capabilities through acquisitions, a $100 million IPO, and ultimately to acquisition by J2 Global/Ziff Davis for nearly $500 million. Melanie was previously a technology banker at J.P. Morgan. Melanie graduated with her BA in Economics from Wellesley. We discussed the power of community combined with technology, the egg freezing and thawing process, democratizing IVF and fertility services and women in STEM. Check out TMRW at www.tmrw.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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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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