Alumna Connects Women’s Health Community with Innovative Solutions

Wednesday, Jan 18, 2017
by Sarah M. Binder

Meg Wirth has focused on women’s health policy since 1998, when she graduated from the Woodrow Wilson School with a Master in Public Affairs degree. Using the grounding the Wilson School provided her in demography and health policy, she gained experience through initiatives funded by epicenters of policy.

Wirth has monitored and evaluated a USAID-funded Safe Motherhood initiative in Indonesia and co-authored the United Nation’s Millennium Project’s final report on child and maternal health. Along the way, she developed an entrepreneurial spirit.

In 2013, her drive and acumen led Wirth and a colleague to identify a “glaring gap” in the women’s health market.

“A large number of graduate schools, labs, corporations and solo entrepreneurs are developing faster, better and cheaper innovations for global health. Despite the wave of new ideas, there is an 'innovation pileup' and a series of delays in getting products to market, if they ever make it at all,” she explained.

To address this issue, Wirth and Allyson Cote co-founded Maternova, Inc. The women-owned company has built an online marketplace of information services, health care products and software tools designed to save the lives of women and newborns worldwide. Maternova specifically seeks technologies that reduce the cost or time it takes for a practitioner to perform a clinical or public health procedure.

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