By allowing a woman to perform her own vaginal collection in the comfort and convenience of her own home or health clinic, we can increase access to this critical screening and can work to eradicate cervical cancer.
For far too long, women’s health practices have remained antiquated and outdated due to underfunding, lack of research and awareness, and at worst, a belief that women’s pain doesn’t matter. This is evident in today’s cervical cancer screening process, where one of the primary components of the exam is a speculum—a device which hasn’t been updated in over 150 years.
Fast forward to 2018, when Dr. Avnesh Thakor (MD, PhD), shocked by how little innovation had been directed toward this experience, reimagined what this unpleasant and uncomfortable exam could look like for women, and created the original prototype for the Teal Wand.
A mutual friend connected Dr. Thakor to Kara Egan, knowing that the two shared a passion for driving change when it comes to women’s health and equity. In June of 2020, Kara Egan joined the company as CEO, bringing over 15 years of investing and operating experience in the technology industry. Together, the team got to work on Teal Health’s mission to create the future of healthcare that women deserve.