- Women make up the majority of the population and of household healthcare decisions — but life science research and standard medical practice remains based on men.
- Health issues that affect women differently, disproportionately, or exclusively often remain underfunded and invisible.
- Female-backed health ventures focused on women’s health can help bridge this gap.
- Eva Epker is the Director of Marketing at Avestria Ventures, a venture capital firm that invests in women’s health and female-led life science companies
- This is an opinion column. The thoughts expressed are those of the author.
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Articles about women’s health usually start the same way: an otherwise perfectly healthy woman is in pain. After several visits and tests, her (typically male) doctors can’t find the cause.
Later, the woman learns that she has polycystic ovary syndrome, endometriosis, or maybe she even had a heart attack. But symptoms, diagnoses, and treatments