Why Focus on Women’s Healthcare

Significant unmet medical needs profoundly affect the lives of hundreds of millions of women worldwide. Women are experiencing a fair share of unmet medical needs for a variety of reasons.

Women’s healthcare needs vary substantially over the life cycle, from childhood to menopause; this increases the challenge of understanding and addressing a diverse and evolving set of health issues.

Several chronic diseases disproportionately affect women, including type 2 diabetes, lupus, multiple sclerosis and depression.

Diagnosis of some women’s health conditions, including ovarian cancer, requires invasive procedures that tend to delay detection and treatment and exacerbate outcomes.

Therapeutics for some common women’s health conditions are lacking in efficacy, durability or tolerability.

New technologies are being developed rapidly. Participating in the Hackathon is part of shaping the future of Women’s Health.