Women's Health Innovation Series: Women 40+ Innovation Summit | Kisaco Research

Women's Health Innovation Series: Contraception Summit

Accelerating innovation, research and visibility of the unmet needs of women 40+

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22-23 June, 2021

• By 2025, there will be over 1 billion women experiencing menopause in the world, which will be 12% of the entire world population of 8 billion. Vasomotor Symptoms (VMS), including hot flashes and night sweats, are experienced by approximately 75% of them. These, along with other conditions, can lead to a significant reduction in a woman’s quality of life, increased utilization of medical resources and an overall loss of productivity.


Whilst there has been an improved focus on Women’s Health and Femtech Innovations, the industry has yet to extend its innovative arm to the unmet needs of women at the mid-stage of life. Often described as the ‘invisible’ age bracket, the health needs of women at this pivotal life-stage have been severely neglected, reflecting a poor understanding of both the magnitude of unmet need, and the commercial potential of creating solutions.

The Women 40+ Innovation Summit, is the leading network of entrepreneurs, practitioners and industry leaders who are committed to investing in better health solutions and outcomes for women at an often challenging and transitional phase of life. As the recognised hub for innovation, collaboration and partnership, we will be exploring a broad cross-section of health concerns including menopause, perimenopause, healthy ageing (or aging well!), osteoporosis, incontinence, mental health and female -prevalent cancers.

 We will be joined by: pharmaceutical companies, biotechs, start-ups, telehealth companies, HCPs, investors, top CP’s and genetic testing innovators to drive solutions, awareness and spark discussion that will facilitate the partnerships and investments needed to advance the industry.

WHIS Steering Committee 2021


Maryjane Lacoste

Senior Program Officer for Family Planning Service Delivery and Quality
Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation

Maryjane Lacoste joined The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in May 2014, working with the Family Planning Team as the Senior Program Officer for Family Planning Service Delivery and Quality.  As such, she led the implementation of the Implant Access Program and currently leads and manages the DMPA-SC introduction/scale portfolio, ensuring that the strategy focuses on expanding access to method choice and strengthens quality of care including counseling, interpersonal communications, clinical training, service delivery and performance monitoring.  She also oversees the family planning portfolio in Indonesia and guides on postpartum and postabortion FP strategies.  Prior to joining the Foundation, Maryjane worked with Jhpiego for over 20 years, spending the last 15 years in the field as country/regional director in Tanzania, Indonesia and Malawi.  She has worked with Ministries of Health, donors and other stakeholders to develop and manage implementation of large reproductive health, maternal, newborn and child health and HIV projects in many countries in sub-Saharan Africa, as well as in Indonesia. Maryjane holds a Master of Arts degree from University of Maryland and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Loyola University.


Alice Zheng, MD, MBA, MPH

Women’s Health Practice Leader
McKinsey & Company


Susan C. Nicholson, MD, FIDSA

Vice President, Women’s Health
Johnson & Johnson


Dr. Stephen Gerrard Ph.D.

Independent Expert Advisor Contraception R&D


Jarrad Aguirre

Head of Corporate Strategy and Advocacy
Myovant Sciences

Jarrad Aguirre, MD, MBA, is Head of Corporate Strategy and Advocacy at Myovant Sciences, a healthcare company focused on women's health and prostate cancer. In this role, he oversees corporate communications, patient advocacy, and digital strategy, and serves on the Executive Committee. 
Prior to joining Myovant, Jarrad worked as a physician, researcher, and consultant across the spectrum of health and healthcare, including at Brigham and Women's Hospital (a teaching hospital of Harvard Medical School), The Colorado Health Foundation, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, and Collective Health. 
He graduated with honors from Yale University and University of Oxford, where he studied as a Rhodes Scholar. He completed the MD/MBA at Stanford University, supported by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Graduate Scholarship.  


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