The health space is crowded with female-founded startups doing truly remarkable things. By Jessica Stillman (Editor, Women 2.0)
Creeky, old-fashioned, awash in paper and inefficiencies, America's healthcare system is ripe for innovation, and plenty of startups have noticed. Founders of all stripes are working on keeping us healthy, sane and out of medical bill-induced bankruptcy. Among them are many extraordinary women whose efforts are, in many chances, literally saving lives.
Michelle Dipp (CEO & Co-Founder, OvaScience) Not all health startups are focused on keeping existing Americans healthy, some are focused on helping produce the next generation, startups like OvaScience, which is working to improve the success rate of IVF.
Alexandra Drane (Founder, Chief Visionary Officer & Chair of the Board, Eliza) Drane's company was recently named one of "17 Game-Changing Health Start-ups" by Inc. for its work improving much loathed automated calls through speech recognition and data analytics. Follow her on Twitter @adrane.
Jessica Hsu (CTO & Co-founder, Luminate Health) A recent grad of the Blueprint Health accelerator in New York, Luminate Health is working on a digital platform that helps patients understand and access their lab results. Hsu, who's on her third startup, is the top tech brain on the team.
Elli Kaplan (CEO, Neurotrack) Neurotrack took the health prize at SXSW's startup accelerator in March. It aims to diagnose Alzheimer's years before the onset of symptoms. In part that means better subjects for clinical trials -- and hopefully better treatments, sooner. It is also a Rock Health alum.
Elizabeth Keyser (CEO & C-founder of Evoncea) Another Blueprint Health grad, Keyser is working on dashboard that helps hospitals get a clearer picture of what services are in demand to increase their revenue. Evoncea is now launching with a 5-state health system.
Christine Lemke (Co-founder, AchieveMint) Before founding patient engagement platform AchieveMint Lemke was the co-founder of Sense Networks, developers of the first machine learning platform for mobile activity data. Follow her on Twitter @cklemke.
Jane McGonigal (Co-founder & Chief Creative Officer, SuperBetter Labs) Jane is an accomplished designer of alternate reality games (ARGs) and author of Reality is Broken: Why Games Make Us Better and How They Can Change the World. She has also spoken at TED.
Jessica Rios (Co-founder & Head Psychologist, iCouch) Mental health problems know no geographic bounds and it's perfectly possible for someone to need to speak to a counselor when no counselor is nearby. Enter New York-based iCouch, a simple system for therapy at a distance.
Amy Sheng (Co-founder, CellScope) This startup aimed at turning cell phones into microscopes started in a UC Berkeley lab and passed through Rock Health’s first class in San Francisco in 2011. Follow her on Twitter @amysheng.
Women 2.0 readers: What female-founder health startup most impresses you?
Jessica Stillman is an editor at Women 2.0 and a freelance writer with interests in unconventional career paths, generational differences, and the future of work. She writes a daily column for Inc.com and has blogged for CBS MoneyWatch, GigaOM and Brazen Careerist, among others. Follow her on Twitter at @entrylevelrebel. Photo credit: kokopinto via Flickr.