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With the holidays behind us and a brand new 2015 year ahead, we just want to take a moment to say thank you to all those who have worked with us this past year. It’s been a pleasure to collaborate with thought leaders and social innovators who are committed to making a positive global impact and helping improve people’s lives.

Looking ahead we know it will take incredible effort to meet the challenges we face in women’s reproductive health.

Our prediction for 2015 is that it will be the year we all get smart. We’ll figure out that it’s not just how to capture large quantities of data, but how to use this information to improve lives. We’ll find ways to help people by being more efficient and smarter in our approaches.  We’ll better address complex problems, by identifying the core issues and addressing them with smart solutions.

In fact, we predict that getting smart will be the NEW THING.  It’ll be a revolution of sorts!

As the team and I plan for the next big idea, we continue to be excited about the innovations on the horizon for women’s health, and the ever evolving opportunities in this space.

I’d like to toast to making 2015 a very smart year for all of us!

Cheers & Warm Wishes,

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Leslie Heyer, Founder & President of Cycle Technologies

Leslie Heyer is Founder & President of Cycle Technologies, a social impact company that finds, develops, and creates brilliantly simple tools. To learn more, visit http://www.CycleTechnologies.com

Tremor Canceling Silverware Instills Confidence At Holiday Gatherings

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! And, given that most of us will be eating big this holiday break, we thought it’d be interesting to check back in on one of the innovative technologies we discovered earlier this year – silverware with stabilizing technology called Liftware created by Lift Labs. The spoon helps people with tremors get food from plate to mouth. Sounds like an innovation that will be particularly useful this holiday season.


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Check out our original post here: Stabilizing Spoon by Lift Labs Helps Those With Tremors Enjoy Mealtime

So where is Lift Labs now?

In September 2014, Lift Labs was acquired by Google! It is now part of Google Life Sciences, which is a part of Google X, the Internet giant’s long-term projects division which focuses on technology innovations (instead of drugs).

Congrats to Lift Labs on their success and hopefully this will help the company scale their technology and reach more people who can benefit from it. In the meantime, Happy Holidays!

Related Resources: 

Lift Labs Website

Google Acquired Start-up Release Spoon for Unsteady Hands

Holiday Gift Ideas For People With Disabilities 

Now A Smart Spoon From Google

New York Times Reports Lift Labs Bought by Google


Tampon Technology Is Making Huge Strides in HIV Prevention for Women

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It’s not every day that you hear  the words “tampon” and “technology” in the same sentence, but here it goes… This “tampon technology” could change the world by preventing HIV!

A team of scientists at the University of Washington have created a tampon that can be inserted immediately before sex, quickly dissolves within minutes of insertion, and administers a dose of an anti-HIV microbicide that can prevent contracting HIV. The drug is electrically spun into the tampon fabric and delivers the HIV preventive agent directly into the walls of the vagina upon insertion.

Globally, this addresses a need for simple preventative measures that work in high-risk contexts. This drug delivery option is easy to use since its similar to a standard tampon – something with which most women are already familiar. It’s more accurate, and therefore more effective, than topical drugs and it works faster than pills.

Cameron Ball, a doctoral student in bioengineering at the University of Washington, and Kim Woodrow, Assistant Professor of Bioengineering at UW, are the lead inventors of the HIV-fighting tampon.

What makes this method of drug delivery unique is that “women don’t have to apply it far in advance of having sex,” said Cameron Ball in an NPR interview. “There’s a race between the anti-HIV microbicide to get to the tissue before the virus does. So the more quickly it dissolves, the better.”

The technology may take up to 10 years for wide-scale use and approval. However, the possibilities of stopping the deadly virus through a simple and effective solution is inspiring. We almost guarantee that you may never look at a tampon quite the same again.


Could VetiGel Be “The Band-Aid of the Future?”

A gel that can stop bleeding in seconds? Suneris, a Brooklyn-based bio-tech company (yes you read that correctly) has a gel technology that uses “natural polymers” to form a clot over wounds. According to the company, the product known as VetiGel “stops bleeding more quickly than any other method currently available”.

VetiGel is still undergoing FDA approval and will initially be offered just to veterinarians. But eventually the company plans to have it “in every emergency room, soldier’s belt and operating room.”

Invention: VetiGel
Inventor: Joe Landolina
Capability: Plant-based polymer gel can stop traumatic bleeds in 20 seconds.
Recent Successes: It has been cleared for veterinary use and FDA approval is currently in process for use on humans. FDA approval projected within two years. Medical community touts the innovation as a significant invention with global impact that will save lives. Extensive media coverage.