I know in my heart that if you have suffered with a diagnosis, you are equipped with unique knowledge to address the issue. This is why many inventions are born from personal journeys.
I just read an article in the New York Times about fellow women’s health inventor Ridhi Tariyal. Many of the struggles that Ridhi faced in bringing her invention to market resonated with me. The article emphasizes that women still face barriers to patenting their inventions.
The author, Pagan Kennedy, provided historic insights into the design and development of the sanitary napkin. Interestingly enough, Johnson & Johnson hired a mother of 12, Lillian Gilbreth in the 1920s to engineer menstrual products. This nugget of information was particularly pertinent for me. In the fall of 2013, I reached out to Johnson & Johnson regarding The Fibroid Foundation and my invention for women with heavy flow issues.
I took a day off from work, drove 10 hours round trip in the pouring rain to pitch my idea. The executive that I met with seemed completely uninterested. He further told me that he did not see the value in the pitch. At that time, I knew of J&Js impressive involvement with women’s health organizations around the world. This poor, clueless fellow admitted that he was unfamiliar with the corporate initiatives around women’s heath – Unbelievable! I guess he didn’t have internet access.
And now, reading that J&J hired a consumer to address the feminine care market, I am taken back to that day at J&J with that detached individual. Although I didn’t know about their forward thinking history around menstrual products, he SHOULD have known.
Why am I writing this? Because I must. Because we need to be heard.
We have solutions to assist women suffering with fibroids.
As we continue to grow as an organization, I know that the right ears will hear our outreach. I am inspired every day by your stories. Hope springs eternal.
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