The Awesome Women Scientist-Founders Transforming Digital Health

by | Mar 11, 2021

For Women’s History Month, we wanted to celebrate the accomplishments of female scientists who have founded digital health companies. Women scientists have started some amazing companies—but until now it hasn’t been easy to find information about many of them in one place. (It’s similar to what we discovered when we created our list of female physicians who are digital health founders.)

From gene editing to therapeutics to femtech to preventive care, check out some of the exciting ways that female scientist-founded companies are innovating in digital health.

We know that there are lots more of these companies out there! If you’re a female scientist founder, and would like to be included in this list, you can add yourself by clicking the button below:


Jennifer Doudna, PhD

Company: Scribe Therapeutics
Scribe is focused on the engineering, delivery, and development of next-generation CRISPR molecules to rewrite and repair the underlying cause of genetic disorders.

LinkedIn: Jennifer Doudna, PhD

Rupal Patel, MHSc, PhD

Company: VocaliD
We make digital voice personal. Whether you’re a brand or individual, we have the synthetic voice solution for you.

Twitter: @TweetRupal
LinkedIn: Rupal Patel

Meesha Dogon, PhD

Company: Cardio Diagnostics
At Cardio Diagnostics we are transforming heart disease prevention through ML/AI and DNA-based solutions.

LinkedIn: Meesha Dogan, PhD

Janice Chen, PhD

Company: Mammoth Biosciences
At Mammoth, we discover novel CRISPR systems that enable new possibilities for expanding biology.

Twitter: @janiceschen
LinkedIn: Janice Chen

Elina Berglund Scherwitzl, PhD

Company: Natural Cycles
The only FDA cleared birth control app puts the power in the palm of your hand. Skip the pharmacy, no prescription needed.

Twitter: @EScherwitzl
LinkedIn: Elina Berglund Scherwitzl

Kate Rosenbluth, PhD

Company: Cala Health
Cala Health is a bioelectronic medicine company transforming the standard of care for chronic disease.

Twitter: @KateRosenbluth
LinkedIn: Kate Rosenbluth, PhD

Marina Pavlovic Rivas, MS

Company: Eli.Health
Eli enables women to take control of their health across their lives, by providing them with their daily hormone profile.

Twitter: @data_marina
LinkedIn: Marina Pavlovic Rivas

Áine Behan, MSc, PhD

Company: Cortechs
At Cortechs, we use brain powered play and brainwaves as a tool to improve behaviours such as attention in easily distracted children that want to improve their focus.

Twitter: @cortechs_ab
LinkedIn: Áine Behan

Darlene Higbee Clarkin, RHN

Company: KORE Digital Health Therapeutics
KORE Digital Health Therapeutics is optimizing digestive health outcomes through behaviour change, progressive nutritional education and evidence-based digital therapeutics.

LinkedIn: Darlene Higbee Clarkin, RHN

Raeanne Moore, PhD

Company: KeyWise AI
KeyWise AI develops AI software that tracks brain function, objectively & precisely.

Twitter: @raeannephd
LinkedIn: Raeanne Moore, PhD

Kate Wolin, ScD

Company: Coeus Health
Coeus Health unlocks the tools to provide health and wellness programs that work.

Twitter: @DrKateWolin
LinkedIn: Kate Wolin

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, PhD

Company: Biocon
An innovation-led fully integrated biopharmaceutical company that develops affordable biosimilars, novel biologics & complex APIs

Twitter: @KiranShaw
LinkedIn: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, PhD

Jane Wang, BSc

Company: Optimity
Optimity makes a gamified health rewards platform that applies nudge science to support a proactive approach to holistic healthy living.

Twitter: @JaneJwang
LinkedIn: Jane Wang

Maggie Bergeron, MSc

Company: Embodia
Online continuing education for physiotherapists plus digital home exercise and patient engagement software.

Twitter: @maggiebpt
LinkedIn: Maggie Bergeron

Cecile Real

Company: Endodiag
We develop new endometriosis diagnostic solutions to contribute to a better endometriosis diagnosis, a more personalized patient management, more efficient treatment options and fertility strategy.

LinkedIn: Cecile Real

Isabel Van De Keere, PhD

Company: Immersive Rehab
Immersive Rehab creates personalised digital therapeutics neurorehabilitation programmes in virtual reality with the aim to improve patient recovery.

Twitter: @ScienceRoadie
LinkedIn: Isabel Van De Keere, PhD

Elizabeth Iorns, PhD

Company: Science Exchange
Science Exchange, the R&D Services Management company, empowers research organizations to accelerate science and drive innovation success.

Twitter: @elizabethiorns
LinkedIn:Elizabeth Iorns, PhD

Alicia Jackson, PhD

Company: Evernow
Preventive primary care, powered by technology

LinkedIn: Alicia Jackson

Jennifer Doudna, PhD

Company: Mammoth Biosciences
At Mammoth, we discover novel CRISPR systems that enable new possibilities for expanding biology.

LinkedIn: Jennifer Doudna, PhD

Kate Wolin, ScD

Company: Circea
Circea guides clients in threading the needle between evidence and commercial need in health behavior change.

Twitter: @DrKateWolin
LinkedIn: Kate Wolin

Amanda French, BSE

Company: Emme
Emme is a healthcare technology company with a mission to put women’s health in women’s hands, starting with birth control.

LinkedIn:Amanda French

Claire Novorol, PhD

Company: Ada
Ada’s core system connects medical knowledge with intelligent technology to help all people actively manage their health and medical professionals to deliver effective care.

Twitter: @clairenovorol
LinkedIn: Claire Novorol

Geetha Manjunath, PhD

Company: Niramai
Niramai Health Analytix is a non-contact privacy-aware breast cancer screening solution that detects early stage breast abnormalities.

Twitter: @geethamhp
LinkedIn: Geetha Manjunath

Nabiha Saklayen, PhD

Company: Cellino
Cellino Biotech develops intracellular delivery lasers and nanotechnology for gene editing applications.

Twitter: @nabsicle
LinkedIn: Nabiha Saklayen, PhD

Parastoo Khoshakhlagh, Ph.D

Company: GC Therapeutics, Inc
GC Therapeutics Inc. (GCTx) uses synthetic biology to program patient-derived stem cells into any cell type with best-in-class efficiency (up to 10X), speed (up to 100X) and scalability.

Twitter: @Parastoo__KH
LinkedIn: Parastoo Khoshakhlagh, Ph.D

Mona Schreiber

Mona Schreiber, VP of Marketing, MDisrupt

Mona is a marketing leader with over 15 years b2b experience developing new healthcare markets. Prior to joining MDisrupt, she was an early marketing lead at Invitae Inc, where she helped scale the company from small startup to market leader in the nascent genetic testing industry. She brings with her a deep understanding of global markets from her international marketing work at Invitae and Affymetrix.

At MDisrupt we believe that the most impactful health products should make it to market quickly. We help make this happen by connecting digital health innovators to the healthcare industry experts and scientists they need to responsibly accelerate product development, commercialization, adoption, and scale. Our expert consultants span the healthcare continuum and can assist with all stages of health product development: This includes regulatory, clinical studies and evidence generation, payor strategies, commercialization, and channel strategies. If you are building a health product, talk to us.

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