Women’s Health

How to improve prediction, diagnosis and treatment to advance women’s health outcomes?

A significant shortfall in research about women’s health means many women’s conditions are still considered ‘medical mysteries’.

Women’s health is not simply about reproductive issues – some diseases present differently in women than men and women are at higher risk of some chronic and autoimmune diseases than men.

While recognition is growing, women are being under-diagnosed, dismissed and prescribed inadequate treatment when they don’t show ‘normal’ symptoms from guidelines based on clinical symptoms in men.

more likely to develop adverse reactions to medication than men

women are diagnosed with breast or cervical cancer every year, which is set to almost double by 2030

women die from cardiovascular disease every year – despite it being commonly perceived as a threat to men

We Challenge You to change women’s lives.

Reproductive Health

As the age of conception increases, we want to advance treatments to increase success and enhance infertility treatments.

In pregnancy, we need to detect and prevent pre-term birth and create better ways of monitoring high-risk pregnancies. While providing effective preventative measures and treatments for postpartum conditions, such as depression and damage to the pelvic floor during labour, are vital.

One in four women say menopause has significantly affected their quality of life, we need to better support women through this life stage for a healthier society.

Women Dominant Conditions

Differences in anatomy, body fat index and sexual hormones mean certain diseases are exclusive to women, including particular cancers, and chronic and autoimmune diseases. Their burden on the female population is significant – breast cancer is the leading cause of life years spent with disability in 119 countries, while cervical cancer is the number one cause in 49 countries. This cannot continue.

We need to find ways to detect breast and gynaecological cancers early and better diagnose autoimmune diseases to improve treatment and help save lives.

General Healthcare

For decades, women have been excluded or misrepresented in clinical research. This means medical guidelines are based on male symptomology, putting treatment out of step with women’s needs. It means women’s concerns are sometimes dismissed or diagnosed as psychosomatic.

The healthcare industry has acknowledged differences between women and men and started to develop new ways to detect disease. But we need to accelerate the progression of women-centric diagnostics to overcome gender bias and create new administration guidelines that avoid side effects.

Women’s health has huge potential for innovation. Recent regulatory activities and increased investment have driven the market estimate for global women’s health for 2025 to $50bn.

Think you’ve got what it takes? Download the Women’s Health challenge to find out more.


The main requirements

Fit with EU healthcare models

Demonstrate value

Have impact in solving unmet need

A useable and inclusive solution

Become a game-changer


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