Gravida Health: Transforming Pregnancy Care through Clinical Innovation
Pregnancy can be an exciting yet daunting time for many women. Unfortunately, the experience can be made even more difficult when labour needs to be induced. MedTech Actuator startup, Gravida Health recognised this issue and set out to create a world-first medical innovation to improve labour induction procedures and provide a more positive experience for women.
The idea for Gravida Health was born out of longstanding clinician-engineer partnerships among the team members, Mr Ritesh Warty – Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Dr Densearn Seo – Co-Founder & Co-CEO and A/Prof Vinayak Smith – Co-Founder & CMO. After researching the clinical gap and several conceptual prototypes later, they realised that they were just scratching the surface. Gravida Health was established to bring its product and vision to life.
At Gravida Health, the team is motivated by the potential to improve the delivery of care for women. They recognize the lack of innovation in women’s health and the minimal change that has occurred clinically in the past decades. Their unique position allows them to bring their innovations and ideas to the world and lead the charge for vital transformations within the global FemTech ecosystem.
The biggest challenge for Gravida Health has been dealing with uncertainty in a dynamic environment. The healthcare industry is deeply rooted and traditional, making it challenging to implement new innovations. However, the team at Gravida Health has faced these challenges and overcome them.
Gravida Health has experienced many learnings during their journey so far, their advice to future founders is that ideas, clinical use cases, and strategies always evolve. Startups are an ongoing learning experience, and it’s essential to remain humble, manage biases, and adapt to new insights and data constantly.
“If you begin your startup journey with the belief that your idea is the best, you set yourself up for eventual failure”, Ritesh Warty – Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Gravida Health.
Experience with the MedTech Actuator
The MedTech Actuator Accelerator is Asia Pacific’s industry-led, investor-backed 12-month venture development program for early-stage MedTech, BioTech and HealthTech startups.
Gravida Health joined the MedTech Actuator Accelerator Cohort 7 in 2022 to further develop their skills and reduce knowledge gaps in their startup journey. Since joining the MedTech Actuator, the company has made significant progress in developing synergistic partnerships with strategic industry partners locally and abroad. They have also provisionally patented their technology and are now refining their product design for further trials and manufacturability.
The most beneficial aspect of the MedTech Actuator for Gravida Health has been its strong network of mentors and industry partners. The founders credit Buzz Palmer, CEO of MedTech Actuator and Vishaal Kishore, Co-CEO of MedTech Actuator for their guidance and Elane Zelcer for her regulatory and operational knowledge. The MedTech Actuator has been a resourceful place that provides a foundation for new startups and helps other innovative minds to come together to build a stronger network within Asia-Pacific and beyond.
“We would recommend MedTech Actuator to anyone who is looking to innovate and drive changes to the archaic healthcare ecosystem on a global scale. MedTech Actuator is a resourceful place that provides a foundation for new startups and helps other innovative minds to come together to build a stronger network within Asia-Pacific and beyond”, Ritesh Warty – Co-Founder & Co-CEO, Gravida Health.