WHO: Vira Health was founded in 2020 by Andrea Berchowitz and Rebecca Love with the mission of making high quality personalized menopause care accessible to all women. Stella, the first product from Vira Health, is a personalized app for menopause relief.
WHY: The funding will be used to invest more in product development and to expand the team.
IN THEIR OWN WORDS: âAt Vira, our vision is to fundamentally transform the long-term health and well-being of women. We believe that better management of menopause is the first step. is an opportunity to use technology to restore this balance by improving the collection and use of data on women in health care. This first round of seed funding is a step towards realizing our vision, âsaid Dr Rebecca Love, co-founder of Vira Health.
Remus Brett, Investment Partner, LocalGlobe, said: âMenopause is a major phase in a woman’s life and today’s healthcare system struggles to provide the multidimensional, long-term support women need. . We are delighted to support the Vira team in their vision of personalized, science-backed support and treatment. We’ve been extremely impressed with the evidence-based, user-centric approach that Andrea and Rebecca have taken, and we believe it positions them to create a category leader. “
Alexia Arts, investor at MMC Ventures, said: âAt MMC Ventures, healthcare is a key area of ââresearch and investment. relevant in women’s health care where there is a well-documented gap in gender data that needs to be addressed. Andrea, Rebecca and the entire Vira Health team have the passion, expertise and vision to transform healthcare delivery and long-term health outcomes for women, starting with menopause. . We are delighted to partner with them in the months and years to come.
- Vira Health has raised Â£ 1.5million in seed funding from LocalGlobe, MMC Ventures and angel investors including Megumi Ikeda, Managing Director of Hearst Ventures, Andrea Zitna of Elvie, the former executive of Spotify Sofia Bendz, founder of GoCardless Matt Robinson, and Simon Lambert, former CTO, MOO.com and Treatwell.
- Prior to launching Vira Health, Andrea Berchowitz was a partner at McKinsey & Company, working in women’s health in the public and private sectors, and led Middle East operations for the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Rebecca holds a doctorate in medical science from the University of Cambridge, has extensive experience in chronic diseases and is a qualified behavioral epidemiologist. She has worked with the Mayor of London, the World Health Organization and the UNICEF advisor.