The intersection of women's health and technology.

An initiative founded in 2018 with the mission of addressing unmet health needs of women globally and increasing gender equity in technology and venture.

Thank You for Your Application!

We truly appreciate all that you do for women across the globe. We will reach out with any questions and wish you and your team the best of luck in the application process.

First Pitch Day

Continued Growth

Established Challenges


Our Program Leaders

Susan Solinsky

Director, Women’s Health Tech Initiative; Co-Founder and Chief Growth Officer, Ellipsis Health

Nicole Anderson

Lead Coordinator

Our Vision

We seek to improve global women’s health by connecting early-stage startups with the resources they need to successfully launch innovations.

Our Mission

We facilitate access to advice on building, funding, and scaling women’s healthcare technology innovations through content, connectivity, and capital.

Our Sponsors

Our Knowledge Partners

Our Impact Partners

Our Executive Committee

Priscilla Beal

Global Head of Partnerships - Committee Chair

Prem Tumkosit

Healthcare Venture Capital Investor

Kristopher Brown

Tech Law Partner

Amy West

Head of US Digital Transformation & Innovation

Elise Mortensen

Director of Research at HTD Health

Natalie Principe

Head of Innovation: Strategy & Digital Health Technologies

Susan Solinsky

Co-Founder, CGO & COO at Ellipsis Health and Director of Women’s Health Tech Initiative at HITLAB

Our Ambassadors

Dipty Desai

Efua Edusei

Gati Dharani

Jill Angelo

Jill Parker

Christina Vanvuren

Chrysanthi Kefala-Dori

Deb Smolensky

Rashmi Kilam

Carli Sapir

Teo Tijerina

Nathalie Feldman

Uche Udekwe

Rohit Joshi

Arun Agarwal

Jonson Hor

Saoimanu D. Sope

Andrea Ippolito

Uche Udekwe

Ryan Splitler Ph.D

Ella Berlyand

Sari Kaganoff

Dr Mabel Yen Ngoc Nguyen

Julie Abrams

Sasha Cahill

Candice Smith

Rachel Trobman

Jedidah Karanja

SIman Abuzeid

Izza Hehre

Serena Editoiu

Nina Joshi

Nina Keshavarzi

Erin Sharoni

Nina Roth

Falak Muhammedi

Justin Bulova

Dr. Tahmida Nazreen


Merck Global Health Innovation Fund is excited to partner with HITLAB to build an innovative, disruptive healthcare ecosystem around the wellbeing of women. By sponsoring the 2020 HITLAB Women’s Health Tech Challenge, our collective goal is to support solutions that empower women to take charge of their health, make informed choices, and access higher standards of care.

—William Taranto

Merck Global Health Innovation Fund