Clue allows women to do exactly that with just a few taps on their smartphones. Today, the company has a lot of competition in terms of period and fertility monitoring. And lots of other women’s tools already on the market. Elvie, a London-based company, has marketed a wearable breast pump and a pelvic exercise trainer and app, both using smart technology. Another femtech segment called “menotech” aims to improve women’s lifestyles as they go through menopause, providing access to remote health, the information and data women have. can be exploited.
Finally, there are medical technology companies that focus on cancers that affect women, such as cervical cancer and breast cancer.
According to the World Health Organization, cervical cancer is the 4th most common cause of cancer among women in the world. In 2018, about 570,000 women got the disease and up to 311,000 cases died. In November, WHO announced a program to completely eradicate the disease by 2030.
MobileODT, a startup based in Tel Aviv, uses smartphones and artificial intelligence to screen for cervical cancer. A smart colposcope – a portable imaging device the size of a smartphone – is used to take pictures of a woman’s cervix from a distance of about one meter (3 feet) away. The images are then transmitted to the cloud via smartphones, where artificial intelligence is used to determine normal or abnormal cervical findings.
Diagnosis is made in about 60 seconds – compared to the time it takes a few weeks to get the results of a standard smear test (in developing countries, lasting for months.) In addition to this screening, Doctors still use the smear test.
The technology was recently used to screen 9,000 women over a three-month period in the Dominican Republic as part of a government-led campaign, the company announced last month. Another 50,000 women are expected to be screened in the next six months.
Leon Boston, the South Africa-born CEO of MobileODT, said the privately-owned company has sold to about 20 different countries including the United States, India, South Korea and Brazil, and is moving forward. run a fundraising round to build an initial seed money of $ 24 million.