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Femtech and Consumer Innovation Summit launches in New York City

The Femtech and Consumer Innovation Summit is the latest deep dive event part of the Women’s Health Innovation Series

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Women account for just over 50 per cent of the population, and yet make 80 per cent of consumer purchasing decisions in healthcare. However, research, design, and clinical trials neglect women’s needs and female bodies.

The growth in femtech and consumer health innovation is revolutionising this as more and more women become the CEOs of their healthcare.

The Femtech and Consumer Innovation Summit is the latest deep dive event part of the Women’s Health Innovation Series looking to tackle this growing sector of women’s health.

Having had continental success in driving innovation, investment, research, and partnerships in ‘traditional’ women’s healthcare by bringing together critical stakeholders, join us in June 2023 as we channel this success into the consumer sector of the women’s health ecosystem.

Is your company focused on femtech and consumer health? Join us in New York as we bring together the leading investors, consumer pharmaceutical companies, femtech and consumer health start-ups, CPGs, FMCGs, marketing brands, digital giants, retailers, lifestyle, and wellness brands, and supply chain and manufacturing companies.

Are you wanting to grow your network, increase business opportunities or address a particular challenge? Hear from leaders about the most pressing industry topics, including opportunities and challenges, data privacy, regulation, advertising, and more, as we collectively work towards improving health outcomes for women worldwide.

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2023 Superstar Speakers include:

  • Alec Mills, Co-Founder, DAME
  • Kate Batz, Director, Femtech Analytics
  • Rachel Braun Scherl, Co-Founder & Managing Partner, SPARK Solutions for Growth
  • Teddie Townsend, Director, Sawaya Partners
  • Hélène Guillaume Pabis, Founder & CEO, Wild AI
  • Roberto Arias, Head of Information Security, Clue
  • Araxie Boyadjian, Co-Founder, LVNDR
  • Jackie Rotman, Founder & CEO, Center For Intimacy Justice

Brand New Opportunities

As the pioneers at the forefront of solving the biggest challenges in femtech and women’s consumer health, the Femtech & Consumer Innovation Summit is giving start-ups the opportunity to showcase their industry-disrupting innovation.

Start-up Demo Hour

The Start-up Demo Hour is aimed at highlighting the latest femtech and consumer health innovation. 20 start-ups addressing an unmet need in the industry will get the opportunity to participate in this exclusive demo hour. 10 startups with a digital product and 10 startups with a physical product will be picked by our expertled selection committee.

Those 20 selected will get their own branded table, set up to demonstrate their innovation for one hour, to our audience of strategic partners and investors.

APPLY FOR THE PRODUCT DEMO HOUR

APPLY FOR THE DIGITAL DEMO HOUR

Femtech Trailblazers Forum
Come together with like-minded leaders pioneering the way in femtech and women’s consumer health innovation to learn, network and grow.

This private, closed-door forum is available to 30 CEOs or founders only and will address specific challenges and discussion points, as chosen by the attendees. Apply here or with your demo application form.

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Investor Forum
Come together with like-minded investors in femtech or consumer health innovation to learn, network and grow.

This private, closed-door forum is available to 30 investors only and will address specific challenges and discussion points. Apply here or speak to one of our dedicated audience management team.

Operational Deep Dive: KPIs for Achieving ROI

Join us at an exclusive pre-event workshop!

An educational and interactive workshop led by investors from The Craftory, a capital fund looking to share their expert operational knowledge. Ideal for femtech and women’s consumer health companies looking to amplify their digital and consumer capabilities, this workshop will outline critical success factors for optimising market growth.

Topics include (but are not limited to):

– KPIs
 – Margin improvement
 – Acquisition marketing to brand marketing
 – How to enter retail successfully
 – Optimizing Amazon 

APPLY FOR YOUR PLACE HERE

Register today

You can register your place for the conference here. Join attendees such as Organon, Reckitt, Bayer, Period.Shop, Hinge Health, Amira Health and many more.

 

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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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US start-up raises US$2.32m to address pelvic health concerns

The Flyte intravaginal device aims to treat stress urinary incontinence and strengthen pelvic floor muscles

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The US women’s health start-up Pelvital has raised US$2.32m in funding to address “unanswered” pelvic health issues.

Minnesota-based Pelvital aims to restore pelvic health with its first product Flyte, an FDA-cleared intravaginal treatment for stress urinary incontinence (SUI) and weakened pelvic floor muscles.

The device, originally developed by physicians from the Arctic University of Norway, uses mechanotherapy, a treatment modality that when paired with an active pelvic floor contraction stimulates tissue regeneration and the creation of neuromuscular memory.

The company will use the funding to speed up the commercialisation of Flyte and raise awareness of pelvic health issues.

“Completing this round is an important step in continuing Pelvital’s unwavering dedication to provide women with innovative solutions for pelvic health, including the treatment of SUI,” said Lydia Zeller, president and CEO of Pelvital.

“This funding will play a crucial role in accelerating our commercialisation of Flyte with a strong emphasis on expanding payor coverage and enhancing clinical education and clinician awareness.”

With this final close, Zeller said, Pelvital would welcome new investors including Pier 70 Ventures, Life Science Angels, Tech Coast Angels Orange County, and Blue Pacific Fund.

Preetha Ram, managing partner at Pier 70 Ventures, would join the Pelvital board of directors.

“Joining Pelvital’s board alongside this investment round is truly an honour,” Ram shared.

“Pier 70 and I are thrilled to be part of this transformational opportunity, as Pelvital’s mission aligns beautifully with our dedication to support disruptive technologies that shake up the status quo in healthcare.

“Pelvital’s pioneering work is shaping a future where women’s health receives the attention and innovation it deserves with novel medical devices like Flyte.”

Oscar Moralez, founder and managing partner of Boomerang Ventures who led the investment round, said: “We are thrilled for the successful completion of this round as we aim to tackle the most pressing healthcare challenges.

“Our participation aims to address the chronic underfunding in women’s healthcare. Investing in Flyte, a truly groundbreaking treatment, addresses underserved pelvic health issues like SUI and contributes to raising vital awareness.”

Two published clinical trials have validated Flyte’s safety, efficacy and durability of treatment effect for women with SUI.

Most recently Pelvital published a paper in Therapeutic Advances in Urology, showing that 71 per cent of study participants achieved dry or near dry conditions as evidenced by a reduction in 24-hour pad weight after using Flyte for between two and 12 weeks.

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Cleveland Clinic launches new women’s health and research center

The programme aims to address women’s unique health needs during midlife and beyond

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From left: Cleveland Clinic CEO and president Dr Tom Mihaljevic, Maria Shriver and Dr Beri Ridgeway / Source: clevelandclinic.org

Cleveland Clinic has launched its new Women’s Comprehensive Health and Research Center, an initiative dedicated to helping women during midlife.

The center, which will focus on access, connectivity, education and research and innovation, aims to empower women to navigate their health journey with confidence and clarity.

Maria Shriver, founder of The Women’s Alzheimer’s Movement Prevention and Research Center at Cleveland Clinic, will serve as chief visionary and strategic advisor.

“I’ve always believed our nation needed a first-class comprehensive women’s health center, and now we have one,” said Shriver.

“Over the past several years, I’ve been honoured to work alongside so many talented and passionate doctors at Cleveland Clinic to bring this vision to life. This is a place for women at every stage of life where they will feel seen, will get the research they need, and the care they deserve, from their brains to their bones.

“I am thrilled that today the WAM Prevention and Research Center expands, as it deserves to.”

Dr Tom Mihaljevic, Cleveland Clinic CEO and president, said: “Maria’s unwavering commitment to raising awareness and driving meaningful change aligns perfectly with the mission of our new center.

“Her passion for advancing the quality of care for women is remarkable and will help us transform how we deliver care for women today and into the future.”

The population of women in midlife and in need of healthcare continues to grow. According to US Census Bureau 2020 data, more than 63 million women in the US are 50 years of age or older, and approximately 6,000 women enter menopause each day.

In addition, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reports 80 per cent of women aged 55 and older have at least one chronic condition, such as arthritis, asthma, cancer, cardiovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and diabetes, which strengthens the need for more comprehensive medical care for women in this stage of life.

The new Women’s Comprehensive Health and Research Center will bring together specialty care in various areas, including behavioural health, breast health, cardiovascular care, center for infant and maternal health, endocrinology, menopause, osteoporosis and metabolic bone density, wellness and disease prevention.

Through initiatives focused on streamlining appointment processes, enhancing outreach programmes and prioritising health equity, the center will seek to ensure that all women can readily access the care they need.

“Midlife is an important milestone and a time to empower women to address health issues and focus on future health,” said Dr Beri Ridgeway, chief of staff at Cleveland Clinic.

“Taking a holistic approach, including menopausal and hormonal health, reproductive health, mental health, chronic conditions and preventive care, is critical to optimise health outcomes.

“Our priority is to help women in this stage of life make educated decisions about their health and have access to the services they need to thrive, while also feeling seen, heard and supported.”

The center, Ridgeway said, will offer support groups and resources to help address health disparities, reach diverse communities and bridge gaps in health literacy.

The institution’s ultimate mission, she explained, is to advance research and innovation specific to women during midlife.

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