If we hope to solve the world’s problems, we cannot afford to leave out half the population. Ursula Hessenflow’s myLAB Box enables users to test for sexually transmitted infections in the privacy of their homes with the same accuracy as in-clinic tests. In the U.S. alone, 20 million new infections occur every year. A third of the population lives with a viral STD. Less than half of adults have ever been tested for anything other than HIV, leaving the most prevalent infections undetected.
Without women’s involvement in innovation, we are discounting the ideas, needs and sensibilities of half the world … and missing opportunities for better health and stronger communities. Diversity is the key to economic success.