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Women's Health Innovation Series: Women 40+ Innovation Summit

Accelerating innovation, research and visibility of the unmet needs of women 40+

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VIRTUAL SUMMIT | EST Timezone
22-23 June, 2021

By 2025, there will be over 1 billion women experiencing menopause in the world, which will be 12% of the entire world population of 8 billion. Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS), including hot flashes and night sweats, are experienced by approximately 75% of them. These, along with other conditions, can lead to a significant reduction in a woman’s quality of life, increased utilization of medical resources and an overall loss of productivity.

WHY ATTEND?

Whilst there has been an improved focus on Women’s Health and Femtech Innovations, the industry has yet to extend its innovative arm to the unmet needs of women at the mid-stage of life. Often described as the ‘invisible’ age bracket, the health needs of women at this pivotal life-stage have been severely neglected, reflecting a poor understanding of both the magnitude of unmet need, and the commercial potential of creating solutions.

The Women 40+ Innovation Summit, is the leading network of entrepreneurs, practitioners and industry leaders who are committed to investing in better health solutions and outcomes for women at an often challenging and transitional phase of life. As the recognised hub for innovation, collaboration and partnership, we will be exploring a broad cross-section of health concerns including menopause, perimenopause, healthy ageing (or aging well!), osteoporosis, incontinence, mental health and female -prevalent cancers.

 We will be joined by: pharmaceutical companies, biotechs, start-ups, telehealth companies, HCPs, investors, top CP’s and genetic testing innovators to drive solutions, awareness and spark discussion that will facilitate the partnerships and investments needed to advance the industry.

WHIS Steering Committee 2021

Author:

Maryjane Lacoste

Senior Program Officer for Family Planning Service Delivery and Quality
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Maryjane Lacoste joined The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in May 2014, working with the Family Planning Team as the Senior Program Officer for Family Planning Service Delivery and Quality.  As such, she led the implementation of the Implant Access Program and currently leads and manages the DMPA-SC introduction/scale portfolio, ensuring that the strategy focuses on expanding access to method choice and strengthens quality of care including counseling, interpersonal communications, clinical training, service delivery and performance monitoring.  She also oversees the family planning portfolio in Indonesia and guides on postpartum and postabortion FP strategies.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Maryjane worked with Jhpiego for over 20 years, spending the last 15 years in the field as country/regional director in Tanzania, Indonesia and Malawi.  She has worked with Ministries of Health, donors and other stakeholders to develop and manage implementation of large reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health and HIV projects in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in Indonesia. Maryjane holds a Master of Arts degree from University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University.

Author:

Alice Zheng, MD, MBA, MPH

Women’s Health Practice Leader
McKinsey & Company

Author:

Susan C. Nicholson, MD, FIDSA

Vice President, Women’s Health
Johnson & Johnson

Author:

Dr. Stephen Gerrard Ph.D.

Independent Expert Advisor Contraception R&D

Author:

Jarrad Aguirre

Head of Strategic Partnerships & Innovation
Myovant Sciences

Jarrad Aguirre, MD, MBA, is Head of Corporate Strategy and Advocacy at Myovant Sciences, a healthcare company focused on women's health and prostate cancer. In this role, he oversees corporate communications, patient advocacy, and digital strategy, and serves on the Executive Committee. 
 
Prior to joining Myovant, Jarrad worked as a physician, researcher, and consultant across the spectrum of health and healthcare, including at Brigham and Women's Hospital (a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School), The Colorado Health Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Collective Health. 
 
He graduated with honors from Yale University and University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He completed the MD/MBA at Stanford University, supported by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship.  

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Industry Leading Speakers
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In-depth Case Studies
150+
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WOMEN'S HEALTH INNOVATION SERIES 2021 CALENDAR

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Speakers

 

Susan C. Nicholson MD FIDSA

Vice President Women’s Health
Johnson & Johnson

Susan C. Nicholson MD FIDSA

Vice President Women’s Health
Johnson & Johnson

Susan C. Nicholson MD FIDSA

Vice President Women’s Health
Johnson & Johnson
 

Lesley Jane Seymour

Founder
Covey Club

Lesley Jane Seymour

Founder
Covey Club

Lesley Jane Seymour

Founder
Covey Club
 

Dr. Barb DePree

Director of Holland Hospital, Women's Health
Holland Hospital

Dr. Barb DePree

Director of Holland Hospital, Women's Health
Holland Hospital

Dr. Barb DePree

Director of Holland Hospital, Women's Health
Holland Hospital
 

Dr. Jane van Dis, MD

Lead FemTechII Fund
Portfolia

Dr. Jane van Dis, MD

Lead FemTechII Fund
Portfolia

Dr. Jane van Dis, MD

Lead FemTechII Fund
Portfolia
 

Jill Angelo

CEO and Founder
Gennev

Jill Angelo

CEO and Founder
Gennev

Jill Angelo

CEO and Founder
Gennev
 

Dr. Pam Peeke

Chief Medical Officer
Embr Labs

Dr. Pam Peeke

Chief Medical Officer
Embr Labs

Dr. Pam Peeke

Chief Medical Officer
Embr Labs
 

Dr. Brian A. Bernick

Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
TherapeuticsMD

Dr. Brian Bernick is a graduate of Northwestern University where he was pre-med and earned a degree in economics.  Dr. Bernick graduated from Chicago Medical School and then went on to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, completing his residency through the University of Pennsylvania.  Thereafter, Dr.

Dr. Brian A. Bernick

Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
TherapeuticsMD

Dr. Brian A. Bernick

Co-Founder & Chief Scientific Officer
TherapeuticsMD

Dr. Brian Bernick is a graduate of Northwestern University where he was pre-med and earned a degree in economics.  Dr. Bernick graduated from Chicago Medical School and then went on to specialize in obstetrics and gynecology, completing his residency through the University of Pennsylvania.  Thereafter, Dr. Bernick spent over 20 years in private practice in Boca Raton, Florida.  During that time, he served as the Chairman of the Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Boca Raton Regional Hospital and as an associate professor at Florida Atlantic University College of Medicine.  In 2008, Dr. Bernick co-founded TherapeuticsMD, a woman’s healthcare company where he has remained part of the executive management and oversees product development and outreach with healthcare providers.  TherapeuticsMD is a NASDAQ traded pharmaceutical company with prescription drug products ranging from prenatal care, contraception and menopause. In 2018, TherapeuticsMD obtained 3 new drug approvals. Dr. Bernick is the recipient of several national and regional awards, including recognition by his peers as one of the top doctor’s in his specialty. Dr. Bernick has over 100 peer-reviewed publications and presentations of original research at medical conferences. Dr. Bernick holds over 40 US and foreign patents focusing on drug therapies and analysis.  Dr. Bernick resides in Boca Raton, Florida with his wife and two kids.

 

 

 

Dr. Jen Gunter

OB/GYN, Author ‘The Vagina Bible’

Dr. Jen Gunter

OB/GYN, Author ‘The Vagina Bible’

Dr. Jen Gunter

OB/GYN, Author ‘The Vagina Bible’
 

Lisa Larkin

CEO & Founder
Ms Medicine

Lisa Larkin

CEO & Founder
Ms Medicine

Lisa Larkin

CEO & Founder
Ms Medicine
 

Reenita Das

Partner
Frost & Sullivan

Reenita Das

Partner
Frost & Sullivan

Reenita Das

Partner
Frost & Sullivan
 

Missy Lavender

CEO
Renalis Health

Missy Lavender

CEO
Renalis Health

Missy Lavender

CEO
Renalis Health
 

Holly J. Pederson M.D.

Director, Medical Breast Services, Associate Professor of Medicine,
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Holly J. Pederson M.D.

Director, Medical Breast Services, Associate Professor of Medicine,
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine

Holly J. Pederson M.D.

Director, Medical Breast Services, Associate Professor of Medicine,
Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine
 

Dr Elizabeth Mueller

Head of Female Pelvic Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago

Dr Elizabeth Mueller

Head of Female Pelvic Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago

Dr Elizabeth Mueller

Head of Female Pelvic Medicine
Loyola University Medical Center, Chicago
 

Karen Giblin

President & CEO
Red Hot Mamas North America, Inc.

Karen Giblin

President & CEO
Red Hot Mamas North America, Inc.

Karen Giblin

President & CEO
Red Hot Mamas North America, Inc.
 

Marta Hill Gray

Executive Director
Gray Matter Group

Marta Hill Gray

Executive Director
Gray Matter Group

Marta Hill Gray

Executive Director
Gray Matter Group
 

Rachel Braun Scherl

Managing Partner, Co-Founder, & Chief Vagipreneur ®
SPARK Solutions for Growth

Rachel Braun Scherl

Managing Partner, Co-Founder, & Chief Vagipreneur ®
SPARK Solutions for Growth

Rachel Braun Scherl

Managing Partner, Co-Founder, & Chief Vagipreneur ®
SPARK Solutions for Growth
 

Barbara Dehn

Women’s Health Practitioner
El Camino Women’s Medical Group

Barb Dehn is a practicing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in Silicon Valley and a television health expert, who’s known as Nurse Barb on NBC’s California Live. An award winning author, active in Social Media and YouTube, Barb earned a masters degree from UCSF and a BS from Boston College. She is certified by the North American Menopause Society and is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  She works on Global Health Initiatives at FAME Hospital in Karatu, Tanzania, where she serves on their board and as a volunteer.

 

Barbara Dehn

Women’s Health Practitioner
El Camino Women’s Medical Group

Barbara Dehn

Women’s Health Practitioner
El Camino Women’s Medical Group

Barb Dehn is a practicing Women’s Health Nurse Practitioner in Silicon Valley and a television health expert, who’s known as Nurse Barb on NBC’s California Live. An award winning author, active in Social Media and YouTube, Barb earned a masters degree from UCSF and a BS from Boston College. She is certified by the North American Menopause Society and is a Fellow in the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.  She works on Global Health Initiatives at FAME Hospital in Karatu, Tanzania, where she serves on their board and as a volunteer.

 

 

Alison Conti

Founder & CEO
Watkins-Conti Products

Alison Conti

Founder & CEO
Watkins-Conti Products

Alison Conti

Founder & CEO
Watkins-Conti Products
 

Bill Gruber

CEO
Solace Therapeutics

Bill Gruber joined Solace Therapeutics in August 2011 as President and CEO. Prior to this role, he co-founded Interlace Medical in August 2006 and served as their President and CEO until Interlace was acquired by Hologic in January 2011. Bill has extensive experience in organizational development and in product development for rapid growth businesses. Prior to Interlace, Bill spent five years at Cortek Inc., a spinal products company. As Cortek’s V.P. of Sales and Marketing, he built sales from $612K to over $10M.  During his last two years, he was the V.P.

Bill Gruber

CEO
Solace Therapeutics

Bill Gruber

CEO
Solace Therapeutics

Bill Gruber joined Solace Therapeutics in August 2011 as President and CEO. Prior to this role, he co-founded Interlace Medical in August 2006 and served as their President and CEO until Interlace was acquired by Hologic in January 2011. Bill has extensive experience in organizational development and in product development for rapid growth businesses. Prior to Interlace, Bill spent five years at Cortek Inc., a spinal products company. As Cortek’s V.P. of Sales and Marketing, he built sales from $612K to over $10M.  During his last two years, he was the V.P. of New Business Development and Marketing. In this role, he was instrumental in creating Soteira, a Cortek subsidiary, focused on devices for treating vertebral compression fractures. Prior to Cortek, Bill spent 10 years at Boston Scientific Corporation. Before leaving Boston Scientific Corporation, he held the position of Director of the $172M Global Atherosclerotic Therapy business. Prior to entering the medical device sector, Bill spent five years in sales and marketing roles at Procter and Gamble.

 

Colette Courtion

CEO and Founder
JoyLux

Colette Courtion

CEO and Founder
JoyLux

Colette Courtion

CEO and Founder
JoyLux
 

Rochelle Weitzner

Co-founder & CEO
Pause Well-Aging

Rochelle Weitzner

Co-founder & CEO
Pause Well-Aging

Rochelle Weitzner

Co-founder & CEO
Pause Well-Aging
 

Beth Battaglino

CEO
HealthyWomen

Beth Battaglino

CEO
HealthyWomen

Beth Battaglino

CEO
HealthyWomen
 

Dr. Irene W. Bean

DNP, FNP/PMHNPBC
FAANP

Dr. Irene W. Bean

DNP, FNP/PMHNPBC
FAANP

Dr. Irene W. Bean

DNP, FNP/PMHNPBC
FAANP
 

Dr Mary Jane Minken

MD, OBS/GYN & Menopause
Yale University

Dr Mary Jane Minken

MD, OBS/GYN & Menopause
Yale University

Dr Mary Jane Minken

MD, OBS/GYN & Menopause
Yale University
 

Cherin Smith

Senior Director, Project Manager and Therapeutic Area Lead, Women’s Health
ICON

Cherin Smith

Senior Director, Project Manager and Therapeutic Area Lead, Women’s Health
ICON

Cherin Smith

Senior Director, Project Manager and Therapeutic Area Lead, Women’s Health
ICON
 

JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, FACOG, NCMP

Division Director of Midlife Health
University of Virginia Health System

JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, FACOG, NCMP

Division Director of Midlife Health
University of Virginia Health System

JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, FACOG, NCMP

Division Director of Midlife Health
University of Virginia Health System
 

Tracy Chadwell

Founding Partner
1843 Capital

Tracy Chadwell

Founding Partner
1843 Capital

Tracy Chadwell

Founding Partner
1843 Capital
 

Dr. R. Faye

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Abington Primary Women’s Healthcare Group

Dr. R. Faye

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Abington Primary Women’s Healthcare Group

Dr. R. Faye

Obstetrics & Gynecology
Abington Primary Women’s Healthcare Group
 

Dr. Smita Patel

Founder and Medical Director Integrative Neurology and Sleep
iNeuro Institute

Dr. Smita Patel

Founder and Medical Director Integrative Neurology and Sleep
iNeuro Institute

Dr. Smita Patel

Founder and Medical Director Integrative Neurology and Sleep
iNeuro Institute
 

Kathryn G. Schubert, MPP

President and CEO
Society of Women’s Heath Research

Kathryn G. Schubert, MPP

President and CEO
Society of Women’s Heath Research

Kathryn G. Schubert, MPP

President and CEO
Society of Women’s Heath Research
 

Sateria Venable

Founder & CEO
The Fibroid Foundation

Sateria Venable

Founder & CEO
The Fibroid Foundation

Sateria Venable

Founder & CEO
The Fibroid Foundation
 

Juan Camilo Arjona Ferreira

, MD Chief Medical Officer
Myovant

Juan Camilo Arjona Ferreira

, MD Chief Medical Officer
Myovant

Juan Camilo Arjona Ferreira

, MD Chief Medical Officer
Myovant
 

Kathy Abernethy

Director of Menopause Services / Past Chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS)
Peppy

Kathy Abernethy

Director of Menopause Services / Past Chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS)
Peppy

Kathy Abernethy

Director of Menopause Services / Past Chair of the British Menopause Society (BMS)
Peppy
 

Sonsoles Gonzalez

Founder/CEO
Better Not Younger

Sonsoles Gonzalez

Founder/CEO
Better Not Younger

Sonsoles Gonzalez

Founder/CEO
Better Not Younger
 

Anna Klepchukova

MD Chief Medical Officer
Flo

Anna Klepchukova

MD Chief Medical Officer
Flo

Anna Klepchukova

MD Chief Medical Officer
Flo
 

Dr. Jessica Shepherd

OB/GYN, Founder
Her Viewpoint

Dr. Jessica Shepherd

OB/GYN, Founder
Her Viewpoint

Dr. Jessica Shepherd

OB/GYN, Founder
Her Viewpoint
 

Christine Marie Mason

CEO & Founder
Rosebud Woman

Christine Marie Mason

CEO & Founder
Rosebud Woman

Christine Marie Mason

CEO & Founder
Rosebud Woman

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