February 19, 2021
Kathryn Taylor Reddy, who has recently been named VP of venture firm .406, started her journey into healthcare on a coffee farm in Guatemala.
“I had a pretty nontraditional path to getting where I am. I started out in college much more focused on global health and international development. I spent a couple of summers in college working on development projects on a Guatemalan coffee farm.
December 11, 2020
The term “femtech” – short for female technology – is used to describe the rising trend of applications, devices, products and diagnostics catering to the needs of women’s health. Pitchbook estimates that in 2019 the global femtech market generated $820.6 million and could reach at least $3 billion by the end of 2030.
Despite its popularity, femtech remains a significantly underdeveloped area of...
November 19, 2020
The femtech world is beginning to venture out of the boundaries of reproductive health and into other areas of women’s health, according to panelists at Bayer G4A summit yesterday.
Over the summer, Rock Health report that about 65% of all femtech funding has gone into fertility, pregnancy or motherhood. Today innovators are looking beyond the reproductive umbrella, at how technology and research...
November 2, 2020
When it comes to healthcare innovation, relationships can make or break a company, according to Julie Murchinson, who was just named partner at digital health focused private equity firm Transformation Capital.
“One of the biggest challenges digital health companies face is really having the right set of relationships for selling into end customers and being able to work productively with those...
October 15, 2020
Like many industries, the healthcare sector has a gender parity issue when it comes to leadership positions. Despite countless conversations around the issue, in 2019 women only made up 23.7% of executives of Fortune 500 healthcare companies and 37.1% of hospital executives, according to Rock Health. The numbers were even worse in the startup world, where only 14% of digital health deals were...
October 1, 2020
Like many in digital health Michelle Davey, cofounder of Texas-based vendor of telehealth services and staffing company Wheel, has her own connection to the space. She grew up in rural Texas with an autoimmune disease that was undiagnosed for 15 years, due to lack of access to care.
While this access issue remained in the back of her mind, she started her career in recruiting and operations,...
September 18, 2020
When Colette Courtion, founder and CEO of Joylux, which makes health tech products aimed at curbing vaginal atrophy, began to advertise, she quickly started getting ad rejections from social media giants. Her product, which was developed to help women with incontinence, vaginal dryness and other conditions related to aging and giving birth, is an intervaginal tool that bears resemblance to a...
September 10, 2020
Historically, women’s health has not been a dinner conversation topic, especially when talking about sexual health and pleasure. However, the panellists at the HIMSS & Health 2.0 European Digital Conference argue that it's important to have conversations in order to advance the femtech industry.
Today we are seeing the emergence of tools that help women better understand and improve their...
August 20, 2020
Historically, the majority of all venture capitalists have been white and male. Even today, according to the latest Rock Health report, only 12.6% of partners at digital health venture funds are women, and only 14% of digital health startup deals were closed by women in 2019.
Maria Velissaris, managing partner of Steel Sky Ventures, is an investor looking to help change this paradigm. She got a...
August 10, 2020
Dr. Charlotte Lee, U.K. Director of digital mental health company Big Health, started her professional life as a ballerina. For a time she even danced with the Royal Ballet in London. But when it came time to decide if she was going to pursue the route of prima ballerina, she decided that the path didn’t allow her to explore her scientific side, so she opted for medical school.
“I hoped that...