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TaraCares agrees MIMOSA™ pilots and launches Menopause Intelligence™ Maturity Index for corporates

TaraCares aims to empower employers to design individualised workplace practices

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Jyoti Sharma, founder and CEO of TaraCares

TaraCares has announced its first MIMOSA™ pilots ahead of launching Menopause Intelligence™ Maturity Index.

TaraCares Global, the developer behind the virtual menopause health literacy and workplace wellbeing platform MIMOSA™, aims to reimagine how female individuals of all ages, ethnicities and genders navigate their unique menopause journey. 

A B2B HealthTech SaaS platform, MIMOSA™  is currently available through employers.

Individuals receive user-centric validated research continually personalised to their health profile, real-time history and health trace across 29 health variables extracted from analysing large scale high-quality research on menopause funded by Innovate UK and the National Institute for Health and Care Research (NIHR). This includes physiological and psychological health alongside other life stressors. 

MIMOSA™ enables employers to transform from Menopause Friendly to Menopause Intelligent, helping them benefit from sophisticated signals on the needs and diversity of their menopausal workforce. 

This, TaraCares argues, in turn empowers employers to design individualised workplace practices and prevent costs from support built for the average menopause experience. 

 

Already available on Android and iOS in 16 countries, the platform has received positive feedback from clinicians and individual users during the private launch that witnessed a user engagement rate of 84.38 per cent in 11 countries.

In an effort to expand, TaraCares has signed the first pilot for its MIMOSA™ platform with the Hampshire and Isle of Wight (HIOW) Integrated Care Services (ICS) beginning September 2023.

Jyoti Sharma, founder and CEO of TaraCares, said: “We are addressing the menopause health crisis by disrupting the menopause market and the enterprise software employee/people experience economy with MIMOSA™, creating a new category for menopause health literacy and workplace wellbeing.” 

Hilary Todd, project director for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICS Employee Health and Wellbeing Programme

Hilary Todd, project director for the Hampshire and Isle of Wight ICS Employee Health and Wellbeing Programme, which delivers health and wellbeing support and services to 55,000 NHS and primary care employees, added: “No two experiences of menopause are the same, so we are excited to offer MIMOSA™ to help our people gain personalised insights that support them in understanding and managing their menopause. 

“The pilot complements our menopause programme, which is designed to help colleagues feel more confident and ultimately more empowered. We hope that the personalised insights gained make a valuable difference for our people.” 

Evidence and feedback 

In the US$4.2tn wellness market comprising personalised medicine, healthy eating, nutrition and workplace wellbeing solutions, TaraCares has been unstoppable in integrating its academic and scientific research evidence with tech and clear pathways to value through its collaboration with the Wessex Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) and the York Health Economics Consortium (YHEC).

 

The research, design and development team behind MIMOSA

Evidence and feedback is central to TaraCares’s ethos. The company has collaborated with the Academic Health Sciences Networks (AHSN) in England to stay aligned with building for the NHS and has partnered with Gemma Snell, innovation and industry programme manager at NHS Innovation Service.

“Working with Gemma Snell as the innovation lead at the Wessex AHSN has been instrumental in critical analysis to develop MIMOSA™ further; collaborating on the value proposition, arranging market insights opportunities with GPs with special interest in menopause as well as a local NHS ICB Peoples Programme,” said Sharma. 

Gemma Snell, innovation and industry programme manager at NHS Innovation Service

Snell, who has spent over 10 years working in the NHS improving clinical pathways and helping health systems to provide the best care and support to patients, added: “I have been pleased to collaborate with Jyoti to realise the potential of MIMOSA™ in supporting women and female individuals to understand and manage their unique menopause so that they can take control and keep living life to the full as they transition through it”

Wessex AHSN’s Insight team also provided expertise around designing evaluation studies, funding opportunities and bid preparations.

Sharma has spent 22 years designing and delivering large-scale people-centric organisational transformations across the Americas, Europe, Middle East and Africa. 

She was in her third year of individual differences in menopause research when she decided to found her start-up in May 2022, declining PhD offers from prestigious universities in England and Australia. 

“This felt like my life-long PhD,” Sharma explained. “I traded in the Dr title for the translation of our research with tech to deliver improved health for individuals, families, organisations and ultimately our society through this inevitable transition in a female individual’s life.”

After launching the first version of its proprietary Menopause Intelligence™ Maturity Index, Sharma and her team are now focusing on an equity seed investment round that she says will help fuel their rapid growth and expansion into the US and Canada.

MIMOSA™ is available on Android and iOS in India, England, Wales, Scotland, NorthernIreland, Vietnam, Uganda, Nigeria, Kenya, Germany, Switzerland, Austria, Netherlands, USA, UAE, SaudiArabia.

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Start-up launches London Underground campaign to break down period stigma

The two-week campaign seeks to challenge societal taboos surrounding menstrual health

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The Irish women’s health start-up Riley has launched an ad campaign on the London Underground to “take the fear out of periods”.

Riley, an eco-friendly period product subscription service, aims to take action against period poverty and democratise access to period products.

The company seeks to encourage the introduction of menstrual health policies and foster a workplace where discussions around periods are normalised.

Its two-week London Underground campaign, which coincides with the opening of its first office in London, is hoped to help destigmatise periods and normalise conversations around menstrual health.

“The idea behind this campaign comes from the fact that free period care in the office is often seen as an employee perk or a ‘nice to have’, when it should actually be an essential offering in every office,” Meaghan Droney, eCommerce manager at Riley, told Femtech World.

“Our aim with this campaign is to flip those current mindsets and get people to change their attitudes towards period care in the workplace.

“With 79 per cent of menstruators feeling unsupported in relation to their periods at work, this oversight is clearly fundamentally unfair and it’s time for change.

“We’re encouraging any and all businesses to get in touch with us so we can support them in introducing menstrual policies and free period care in their workplace to empower all employees, no matter their gender, to thrive and feel valued at work.”

Research by the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) shows that only 12 per cent of UK companies provide support for menstruation and menstrual health, despite 85 per cent of women experiencing stress or anxiety when managing their period at work.

Data suggests that half of the women who take absence because of their menstrual cycle feel unable to tell their manager, underscoring the deep-rooted stigma around periods.

Fiona Parfrey, co-founder of Riley, said: “Access to safe and high-quality sustainable period care products not only demonstrates a commitment to employee welfare but also fosters a culture of empathy, equality, and respect, ultimately contributing to a more engaged and empowered workforce.

“Menstrual policies and free period care are a fundamental necessity for every individual in the workplace. It’s about ensuring that employees have the resources they need to maintain their wellbeing and productivity without interruption.”

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Singapore-based fertility centre sets up grant for couples struggling to conceive

This grant aims to support eligible Singaporean couples facing financial and family planning challenges

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A Singapore-based fertility centre is to set up a grant to support couples struggling to conceive.

Virtus Fertility Centre Singapore (VFCS) announced that it would set up a grant to support aspiring parents on their IVF journey.

The initial grant is set for at $50,000 SGD and, depending on the take-up rate over the next 12 fiscal months, VFCS plans to increase the pool to benefit more couples in the subsequent years.

The grant will cover the main costs associated with IVF treatments and procedures, including embryo retrieval and transfer, laboratory services and embryo prep. It will also be applicable to fresh and frozen egg transfers.

As grant recipients, their samples will similarly be given a radio frequency identification (RFID) tag, a service VFCS provides for all its patients. It locks the patient’s identity with the respective sample. The RFID identifies gametes—eggs, sperms, or embryos—at every stage of the IVF treatment.

According to VFCS, the grant will also include access to counselling services and wellness resources.

“I’ve witnessed firsthand the emotional toll and occasional frustration that infertility can take on individuals and couples, especially for some who are still young and healthy,” said Dr Roland Chieng, medical director at VFCS.

“The common deterrent of going for fertility treatment is always associated with the cost, more so in a private care setting where their only source of funds is through Medisave.

“By alleviating their financial concerns, we hope ReadyBaby Fertility Grant empowers patients to approach their IVF journey, focusing on their clinical needs and working towards a healthy pregnancy and less on financials.

“With access to the necessary treatments and support, patients can embark on their path to parenthood with renewed confidence, knowing they have the clinical resources and guidance they need to navigate this journey,” he added.

Tim Kwan, VFCS’s managing director, said: “We believe every couple deserves the opportunity to experience the profound joy of parenthood.

“With the ReadyBaby Fertility Grant, we aim to support aspiring couples on their IVF journey and help them bring new life into the world.”

To be eligible for the grant, applicants must be married Singaporean couples diagnosed with medical infertility by a fertility specialist and first-time parents who have not tried IVF before.

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Canadian insurer launches partnership to support women’s health

Members of the Canadian insurer Medavie Blue Cross will have access to a dedicated women’s health platform

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Angela Johnson, co-founder and CEO of sanoLiving

The Canadian insurer Medavie Blue Cross (MBC) has partnered with the virtual health platform sanoLiving to support women on their menopause journey.

Currently, more than 10 million Canadian women are navigating menopause, often with little support and misinformation about treatments.

With sanoMidLife, sanoLiving’s online menopause platform, Medavie Blue Cross members will have access to a national women’s health platform tailored to provide care and services for women going through the menopause.

The service includes personalised assessments, access to clinicians, treatments, educational content, peer support and AI assistance.

“Many women lack support for their menopause transition due to the misunderstandings of what is ‘normal’ and misinformation about treatments,” said Angela Johnson, co-founder and CEO of sanoLiving.

“Women are seeking solutions that allow them to thrive during midlife. We are thrilled about our alliance with Medavie Blue Cross, and our shared commitment to providing access to care that empowers women.”

Anita Swamy, senior vice president operations at Medavie Blue Cross, added: “We’ve heard first-hand from our members about the need for more menopause-related services.

“Our partnership with sanoLiving creates an innovative way to increase access to care for our members as we continue to focus on the support women need to navigate their benefits and provide forward-thinking options to support their health.”

Studies report one in 10 women exit the workforce due to unmanaged symptoms. Early onset of menopause and symptoms before age 45 can elevate the risk of health issues like heart disease, diabetes, dementia and osteoporosis.

With this new service, Medavie Blue Cross and sanoLiving are aiming to open up the conversation around menopause, reduce stigma and work towards giving women the access to the care they need.

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