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We know that technology has historically been a field dominated by men. But things are starting to change.
The lack of recognition of sex differences in biology and medicine is a huge issue research has only recently begun to rectify.
Here's why we're investing more in women's health, an area traditionally ignored because of taboos.
For a long time, femtech has been considered a niche, but a growing number of tech companies are hoping to change that narrative.
Start-ups and tech companies are creating products to address women’s health care needs. It’s still a small segment of the market, but growing.
There is no doubt that bias is currently impacting medicine, science, and technology, which consequently affects all aspects of human life. Everyone is limited by their own perspective, but amplifying femtech tools, developing clinical research that includes women and minorities, and creating a more welcoming space in STEM careers for young girls will definitely help us go in the right direction.
Women’s health care is often treated as all about reproduction. Some “femtech” startups are exploring the innovations that get overlooked as a result.
Many believe femtech draws attention to an aspect of healthcare that has been ignored for too long.
The paltry amount of funding for FemTech is particularly shocking because this sector is expected to scale to $1.07 trillion by 2026. And global healthcare spending is predicted to reach over $10 trillion by 2022.
The term ‘femtech’, short for female technology, was originally coined in 2016 by Ida Tin1 (co-founder and CEO of menstrual cycle tracking app Clue) and refers to software, diagnostic equipment and products that use technology to improve the health and lives of women.
Femtech has moved on from the early days when it mainly focused on periods and fertility. Today it incorporates everything from hormonal awareness and personalised fitness to sexual empowerment and the racier “sex tech” – think vibrators designed by women who understand their own physiology, and science-informed sex therapy advice apps.
New York digital health companies created by and for women hit new heights this year, placing this city at the center of the burgeoning femtech space.
Women account for half the planet's population, yet women’s health has attracted little attention in terms of medical research and technological advances.
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Women’s health accounts for only 4% of the overall funding for research and development for healthcare products and services. The majority of spending on other diseases has a male-specific research focus and this is separate from the research spending on male-specific conditions such as prostate cancer, which accounts for 2% of overall funding. Yet women today make up 49.6% of the total population and the economic burden for women’s diseases is currently more than $500 billion.
Several young companies hope to expand the direct-to-consumer test market by introducing new diagnostic tests to serve the women’s health market.
This industry, though, does not encompass smartphones or computers or any of the many mainstream products that, you know, make women’s lives better. Instead, this category of companies “for women” predominantly focused on biological needs...
And Why Is It A Big Deal?
With more than 50% of the world’s population being female, it’s natural to see a rising interest in new femtech companies. The numbers don’t lie.
FemTech Collective’s mission is to catalyse quality innovation in the women's health technology space by providing strategic opportunities for entrepreneurs and the broader FemTech ecosystem.
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