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Press Release: Goddess Gaia Ventures Organises Women's Health Innovation Forum in Edinburgh

On March 24 & 25 entrepreneurs, investors, researchers and analysts are coming together to discuss how technology and innovation can support the health of women in Scotland and beyond.

March 10th, 2022 (LONDON/EDINBURGH, UK)Goddess Gaia Ventures, the female founded venture capital firm focused on women’s health and wellness is hosting the first Women’s Health Innovation Forum in Scotland this spring. The 2-day conference, that brings together the women’s health innovation ecosystem, will take place at the National Museum of Scotland in Edinburgh on March 24 & 25. Part of the event is also open to remote attendees via livestream.

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. Contributing to this effort the goal of the 1st Women’s Health Innovation Forum is to tackle health inequalities and to discuss how innovation and technology can help improve healthcare for women.

Goddess Gaia Ventures Managing General Partner Priya Oberoi explains: “The pandemic has impacted our wellbeing on many levels and uncovered how many get left behind in our healthcare system as it is today. We need to focus on the areas of health that have been underserved and underdeveloped. Women’s health in one of these areas.”

The event is the first of its kind to be held in Scotland and brings together experts from all corners of the women’s health innovation ecosystem. Speakers include Dr. Poonam Malik (University of Strathclyde), Dr. Caroline Barelle (Elasmogen), Carolyn Jameson (Trustpilot, Scottish National Investment Bank), Jane van Dis, MD (Maven Clinic & Biorithm), Priya Oberoi (Goddess Gaia Ventures), Pahini Pandya (Panakeia), Reenita Das (Frost & Sullivan), Dr. Chen Mao Davies (LatchAid), Wendy Lamin (Holoxia), Angela Malik (Planet Nourish), Nathan McNally & Katernina Sanchez-Schilling (Capital Enterprise), Samira Ann Qassim & Saloni Bhojwani (Pink Salt Ventures), Claire Barnett (UN Women UK), Beth Lauen (Well-Tech World Summit), Kathrin Folkendt (Femtech Insider) and more.

Maree Todd, the Scottish Minister for Public Health, Women’s Health and Sport, will hold the opening speech at the event. She shares: “Women’s health is a key priority for The Scottish Government. In August 2021 we published our ambitious Women’s Health Plan. The aim of the Plan is to reduce inequalities in health outcomes for women, and to improve information and services for women.

“It is clear that, collectively, we must do more to address the gender gap in health, business and STEM participation in Scotland. I look forward to continuing to work across the technology, innovation and health sectors to help achieve our aims and ensure women enjoy the best possible health, throughout their lives.”

Women’s Health Innovation Forum is a free event. For more information and to register, please visit


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