Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Investment into FemTech

On March 27th, BIOTECH XYZ, SOSV, and IndieBio hosted "Beyond the Glass Ceiling: Investment in FemTech" at IndieBio NYC. This event was sponsored by Mercury and PTP.

Event Highlights


Sabriya Stukes

Partner at SOSV

Chief Scientific Officer at IndieBio 

Sabriya Stukes invests in early-stage biotech companies that solve human and planetary health problems. Before that, she was the founding Assistant Director of the Master's in Translational Medicine (MTM) program at The City College of New York, a brand new type of graduate degree that educates and trains scientists and engineers in the hands-on process of medical technology commercialization and healthcare innovation. A microbiologist, educator, and science communicator, her expertise is in working with individuals to identify unmet community needs, design sustainable clinical solutions, think critically about the world around them, and craft compelling scientific narratives. She has also worked for over a decade in fostering equitable and inclusive environments in the STEM disciplines. She thinks deeply about building sustainable healthcare solutions that work for all and not just some.


Marissa Fayer

CEO of DeepLook Medical

CEO and Founder of HERhealthEQ

Marissa Fayer is a 20+ medtech executive, innovator, entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. She is the CEO and founder of non-profit HERhealthEQ, CEO of DeepLook Medical, Entrepreneur-in-Residence at Graybella Capital, and Co-Chair of the US AI for Good Innovation Factory. Her mission is to move innovation and the health of women forward throughout the world.

Through her work with DeepLook Medical, Marissa has commercialized the FDA-cleared technology with 4 commercial sales and distribution partnerships, raised $2M in Seed capital, has increased publicity of the company by being featured in Forbes, FemTechInsider, and FemTechWorld, and has spoken at some of the largest healthcare conferences in the world. Though her work with HERhealthEQ, Marissa has led the organization to improve the health of 41,000 women in 9 different countries around the world. Her leadership has built the board, deployed 35+ pieces of equipment, won the PIR .Org Impact Health award in 2023, and led the fundraising efforts to support the treatment, detection, and/or prevention of breast cancer, cervical cancer, and maternal health for women globally.


Eve McDavid

CEO at Mission-Driven Tech

Eve is the CEO & Co-Founder of Mission-Driven Tech and a Stage IIB Cervical Cancer survivor. She is a former Google executive of 10 years who uses her expertise in tech, business & media to fight for change in women's health. She is a passionate advocate for women's healthcare access, literacy and equity and has been named an expert in survivorship and innovation by the World Health Organization.


Lanna Last

CEO and Co-Founder at AIMA Inc

Lanna Last, CEO  (BA, MA) is a queer ecofeminist and advocate for gynecological health. She started AIMA (eh-ma) in 2019 in response to a lack of safe solutions for her period pain. Previously, she led AIMA through IndieBio New York accelerator 2022-23,  the incubator lab-2-launch at e@ubc, and Herstory for the top 30 female founders hosted by The51. She is on the board of Femtech Canada and Peach Corps. Recently, she created the Petition for Menstrual Leave in Canada and in New York City.

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