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"I have been following you for some time and I want to say thank you for being an inspiration over the last few months. I attended the Goddess Gaia Women's Health Conference in Edinburgh, which was life-changing and inspired me to start my own quality and regulatory consultancy focused on FemTech and to become a mentor for FemTech Lab, where I have helped several startups with their regulatory strategies. I also changed jobs to work for a FemTech startup and made my first angel investment. Thanks to you and your team hosting the conference, I have been motivated to make these changes and I finally feel like I have found something I am passionate about. THANK YOU for everything."

Sharma - 04.01.2023


Women's Health
Innovation Forum


Tackling inequalities and improving health: Join us at the first femtech and women's health innovation conference in Edinburgh on March 24 & 25, 2022!


Last summer Scotland became the first country in the UK to have a Women's Health Plan, which outlines ambitious improvement and change in areas including menopause, heart health, menstrual health including endometriosis, and sexual health.

On March 24 & 25, 2022 innovators from all corners of the women's health innovation are coming together in Edinburgh to share their insights on the state of women's health, discuss how technology, life sciences and innovation can support the health of women and why now is the right time to invest in women's health companies.

Join entrepreneurs, investors, researchers, analysts, and other experts at this first Women's Health Innovation Forum in Scotland organized by Goddess Gaia Ventures! 


Clapping Audience


Date & Time

Thu 24 Mar 2022, 8:00 - Fri, 25 Mar 2022, 13:00


National Museum of Scotland, Chamber Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1JF, United Kingdom


Virtual Zoom Webinar (Thu 24 Mar, Afternoon)



DAY 1: Thu, March 24, 2022

8:00 - 9:00am

Registration & Breakfast

9:00 - 9:10am


Welcome & Introduction

Priya Oberoi

Alex Lemacon

Aya Suzuki

(GGV Team)

9:10 - 9:30am


Opening Remarks

Maree Todd

(Member of Scottish Parliament and Minister of Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport

Early morning

Educational content around Femtech & empowering women

9:30 - 10:20am


View from the top: a perspective from women building, leading and growing successful healthcare companies

Angela Scott

(Founder & COO at TC BioPharm)

Dr. Deborah O’Neil

(CEO at NovaBiotics)

10:25 - 11:25am


Female/underrepresented founders: challenges, fundraising & market opportunities

Dr. Poonam Malik

(Head of Investments at University of Strathclyde)

Dr. Pahini Pandya

(Co-Founder & CEO at Panakeia)

Dr. Chen Mao Davies

(Founder & CEO at LatchAid)

Wendy Lamin

(Co-Founder & MD at Holoxica)

Angela Malik

(Founder & CEO at Planet Nourish) 

11:25 - 11:45am

Coffee Break

Mid-late morning

Focus on Start-up learning  

11:45 - 12:40pm


What good early-stage companies look like

Nathan McNally

(Co-Founder & COO at P4 Precision Medicine Accelerator, Scale up Coach & Mentor Manager at Capital Enterprise) 

·        Katerina Sanchez-Schilling

(Program Manager Oncology, AI, & Tech at Capital Enterprise)  

·        Samira Ann Qassim

(Co-Founder & Partner at Pink Salt Ventures) 

·        Saloni Bhojwani

(Co-Founder & Partner at Pink Salt Ventures)

12:45 - 1:20pm


Advisers: Friend or Best Friend​

 Anna Brown

(Partner at Addleshaw & Goddard)

·        Sukhjit Dhaliwal

(Associate Director at NCM Fund Services)

·        Charlotte Walker

(Manager at Alvaraz & Marsal)

1:20 - 2:40pm

Lunch & sponsors' booths (80min)


Live Stream

Focus on International growth

2:40 - 2:55pm

Live stream & recorded


Introducing Goddess Gaia Ventures

Priya Oberoi

(Founding and General Partner at Goddess Gaia Ventures) 

3:00 - 3:30pm

Live stream & recorded


Scaling and opportunities in the

Middle East

H.E. Asila Al Samsamiya

(Undersecretary of Investment Promotion at the Ministry of Commerce, Industry & Investment Promotion, Oman) 

Mr. Saif Al Rubaiey

(Director of Her Excellency's Office)

3:35 - 4:20pm

Live stream & recorded


Creating Healthcare Unicorns in the US

Brandon Kortokrax

(Director of Corporate Development & Innovation at Prysm institute)

Catherine Yaldoo

(Prysm institute)

Ian Akash Morrison

(Advisor at Prysm institute)


Dominique Kagele

(Advisor at Prysm institute, Corporate & Business Development at Roche/Genetech)

Joann MacMaster

(CEO at the Desert Angels)

4:20 - 4:40pm

Coffee Break

4:40 - 5:10pm

Live stream & recorded


Femtech through the eyes of a physician 

Jane van Dis, MD

(Assistant Professor at University of Rochester, Maven Clinic, CMO at Biorithm)

5:15 - 5:45pm

Live stream & recorded


State of the industry

Femtech, a $1 trillion underserved TAM

 Reenita Das

(Partner at Frost & Sullivan, Healthcare and Life Sciences)

5:50 - 6:00pm

Closing Remarks

Priya Oberoi

Alex Lemacon

Aya Suzuki

(GGV Team)

6:00 - 8:00pm

Cocktail reception and founders’ booths 

DAY 2: Fri, March 25, 2022

8:00 - 8:50am


8:50 - 9:00am

Opening day 2

Priya Oberoi

Alex Lemacon

Aya Suzuki

(GGV Team)

Early morning

Empowering women in the ecosystem

9:00 - 9:50am


Women in science:

from bench to market, and the power of commercialising solutions 

Dr. Caroline Barelle

(CEO at Elasmogen)  

·        Ishani Malhotra

(CEO at Carcinotech) 

·       Dr. Kate Cameron

(Founder & CEO at Cytochroma UK) 

·          Dr. Claudia Freigang

(CEO at Hearing Diagnostics) 

9:55 - 10:20am

Keynote Speech

Debunking the stories behind women-led businesses: what research tells us 

Professor Eleanor Shaw OBE

(Associate Principal at University of Strathclyde)

10:25 - 10:50am


Why women should invest

Carolyn Jameson

(Chief Trust Officer at Trustpilot) 

10:50 - 11:10am

Coffee Break

Mid-late morning

The role of impact & marketing in female health

11:10 - 11:55am


How investing in women’s health creates impact in the world

Lama Khaiyat

(Managing Partner at Awtada, GGV Impact Partner)

·        Claire Barnett

(Executive Director at UN Women UK)

       Dr. Stuart Hannah

(Founder at Microplate Dx, Royal Society of Edinburgh Enterprise Fellow)

12:00 - 12:25pm


How Tech is Democratizing Wellness 

Beth Lauren

(Founder and Producer of the Well-Tech World Summit, CEO at Sangha NYC)

12:30 - 12:55pm


From Patient to Entrepreneur: The Ups and Downs of Building in Women's Health

Kathrin Folkendt

(Founder at Femtech Insider, GGV Advisor)

12:55 - 1:00pm

Closing Remarks

Priya Oberoi

Alex Lemacon

Aya Suzuki

Kathrin Folkendt

Sajni Chotai

Lama Khaiyat

(GGV Team & Advisors)

Thank you All







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