Female Forward Together, a Cross-Sector Coalition, Announced to Advance Research, Education, and Action for Women’s Health
BRISBANE, Calif., and BASEL, Switzerland,
Evidation Health, a health and measurement company that helps life sciences companies understand how everyday behavior and health interact, Flo Health, a company developing Flo, the most popular mobile app for women’s health, and
- PERIOD. Inc., a youth-led, non-profit organization focused on menstrual equity.
As part of today’s announcement, the coalition launched femaleforwardtogether.com. The website features results from a digital health survey, conducted by Myovant and Evidation, to understand the impact of menstrual stigma and symptoms. Over 13,000 females and males elected to share their survey insights in a web-based report. Key survey results were separately announced today.
Lynn Seely, M.D., President and CEO of Myovant, commented:
“The status quo in women’s health is unacceptable. We need a new playbook to drive the change women need and deserve. That’s why we are proud to partner across sectors with these innovative organizations. This is just the beginning of our shared journey to transform women’s health, starting with menstruation.”
Christine Lemke, Co-Founder and President of Evidation, stated:
“It is hard to believe that in 2019 major gaps still exist in our understanding of something as fundamental as menstruation. These gaps reflect the underinvestment in women’s health and contribute to a lack of innovative solutions for women. We are optimistic that, through measurement, data science, and collaboration, we can make historic strides in women’s health.”
Kamila Staryga, Vice President of Product at Flo, said: “We are committed to creating technology that empowers women to understand their bodies and to advocate for better health and healthcare. We are excited to build on our existing collaboration with Myovant Sciences and join this coalition. We are confident a brighter future for women’s health is possible through partnership.”
Nadya Okamoto, Founder and Executive Director of PERIOD., added: “We cannot achieve full progress in women’s health if stigma around topics like menstruation remains pervasive. How are we supposed to talk about solutions to period poverty, if we can’t even talk about periods openly? By combining our expertise in advocacy with the expertise of the partners in this coalition, we can accelerate our mission to end stigma and achieve menstrual equity.”
Women represent more than half of the U.S. population yet are significantly underrepresented in health research and investment. Stigma surrounding women’s health issues is pervasive, delays women from seeking treatment, and could threaten lives. Female Forward Together will be a voice and an advocate for equitable research, improved education, and collective action.
About Myovant Sciences
Myovant Sciences aspires to be the leading healthcare company focused on innovative treatments for women’s health and prostate cancer. The company’s lead product candidate is relugolix, a once-daily oral GnRH receptor antagonist. The company has three late-stage clinical programs for relugolix in uterine fibroids, endometriosis, and prostate cancer. The company is also developing MVT-602, an oligopeptide kisspeptin-1 receptor agonist, that has completed a Phase 2a study for the treatment of female infertility as part of assisted reproduction. Takeda Pharmaceuticals International AG granted the company an exclusive, worldwide license to develop and commercialize relugolix (excluding Japan and certain other Asian countries) and an exclusive license to develop and commercialize MVT-602 in all countries worldwide. For more information, please visit the company’s website at www.myovant.com. Follow @Myovant on Twitter and LinkedIn.
Over the years, Evidation has built the largest, most diverse virtual pool of research participants through its proprietary and popular app, Achievement. With a direct and trusted relationship with more than 3 million individuals, its deep research expertise, and its data platform, Evidation can undertake real world research for life sciences and health care companies — and, ultimately, transform how health is measured and how diseases are identified, treated, and monitored. Founded in 2012,
Flo prioritizes safety and keeps a sharp focus on being the most trusted digital source for women's health information. Flo intensively uses data science and AI to deliver the most personalized content and services available. Flo is currently available in 20 languages on iOS and Android. For more information, please visit the company's website at flo.health.
About PERIOD. Inc.
PERIOD's mission is to end period poverty and stigma through service, education, and advocacy. Through a network of over 600 registered chapters in all 50 states PERIOD distributes menstrual products to people in need; educates to change the way people think, talk, and learn about periods; and advocates for systemic change to ensure equitable access to menstrual care. PERIOD was founded in 2014 by Nadya Okamoto and Vincent Forand when they were juniors in high school. Since then, PERIOD has served over 900,000 periods. For more information, please visit www.period.org.
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