Health Innovation Hub Ireland announces winning FemTech companies

Health Innovation Hub Ireland (HIHI) has announced eleven winners for its first Irish FemTech call to industry, which sought innovations addressing issues in women’s health with the 11 winners including innovators with solutions such as apps to track symptoms, wearable solutions, and a chatbot for answers to questions on menopause.

From a total of thirty-seven applicants, the eleven winners were selected “based on novelty, the significance of the problem addressed, market and potential for future investment”. Of these, five had products which are considered “deep tech”, based on “tangible engineering innovation or scientific advances and discoveries applied for the first time as a product”.

Winners include AltaScience, for their femtech medical device for permanent contraception; Amara Therapeutics, with their digital therapeutic focus on changing the way pelvic healthcare is delivered; AURIN, who have developed a medical device to alleviate menopause symptoms; AVeta Medical, for their femtech medical devices revolutionising the treatment of vaginal atrophy; identifyHer, with their femtech products for detecting and tracking menopausal symptoms; and My Moves Matter, with an app enabling women with Parkinson’s Disease to track symptoms, exercise and medication adherence.

Also listed among the winners are Onawave Medical, for their digital biomarker-based risk-stratification platform with wearable solutions for pelvic conditions; PPR Healthcare, with their products to aid the recovery process after childbirth for mothers; SAOR Health, for their solutions on women’s exercise, physical and mental health; The Menopause Hub, for their app which enables women to track menopause and perimenopause symptoms, appointments and medications; and VOX-AI, who have developed an AI-driven platform to answer common questions on menopause.

Dr Tanya Mulcahy, director of HIHI, said: “I would like to congratulate the 11 companies and founders on becoming the first winning companies of the inaugural Femtech Innovation competition in Ireland. We have a massive opportunity to encourage, support and enable development of new innovations in FemTech and ensure that Ireland is firmly placed on the global FemTech map. These companies will go a long way in achieving that objective.”

To learn more about the winners, please click here.

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