Maisha Meds: Showing Google Real Girl Power
Yet another #BigBangMoment from one of our startups: Merck KGaA Darmstadt, Germany Accelerator alumni Maisha Meds were invited to pitch their revolutionary pharmaceutical supply chain technology to Silicon Valley investors and mentors at Google Demo Day!
Maisha Meds was one of 12 female-led startups to be selected for the Google Demo Day: Women’s Edition in 2016. After visiting Google’s headquarters in Mountain View, California, founder and Director Jessica Vernon and Product Manager Sam Wilks pitched Maisha Meds in front of a full house of Silicon Valley investors and mentors.
Based in Kisumu, Kenya, Maisha Meds is a comprehensive digital inventory management, supply chain and analytics tool for pharmacists. The core team graduated from our Accelerator in Nairobi in spring 2016, and have gone from strength to strength ever since.
Maisha Meds allows pharmacists to keep a digital inventory of their medications, tracking prescriptions and analysing trends to better predict future demand for medications. It also offers diagnosis tips and prescription suggestions to even the remotest healthcare providers to combat the mis-prescription of drugs, an endemic problem in African healthcare. Maisha Meds also provides drug manufacturers with large-scale analytics of drug usage in the region to help them plan for future demand.
Maisha Meds also streamlined the day to day administrative burden in pharmacies – tasks which are still carried out using pen and paper throughout much of the developing world. It allows pharmacists to make and track both ingoing and outgoing orders. Pharmacists can also issue digital receipts and usage instructions to patients’ cell phones to ensure proper treatment. Because of the intermittent mobile signal and electricity in many remote areas on the African continent, Maisha Meds works on- and offline. It simply syncs with the cloud when there is enough signal.
The Women’s Edition of Google Demo Day was designed to showcase the groundbreaking innovations being pushed forward by women throughout the world. Not only is Maisha Meds led by two female directors, the company as a whole is ⅔ female.
Jessica Vernon, director and co-founder of Maisha Meds, is a graduate of the Stanford University School of Medicine and a former Fulbright scholar. She spent many years working in the health sector in Kenya before founding Maisha Meds.
Jennifer Stutsman, co-director of Maisha Meds, has worked in strategic communications and speechwriting at the U.S. Department of Energy. She has worked on political campaigns across the U.S., and has also worked in Rwanda. Alongside her work at Maisha Meds, she is currently completing her MSPH and MBA at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Dorcas Masatia, the Operations expert at Maisha Meds, has spent many years working on data-driven effective humanitarian projects in the population health sector. She has also worked in research at the Kenya Medical Research Institute, and holds a Masters in Public Health from Maseno University.
Ruth Namai runs the marketing division at Maisha Meds, and has worked extensively in effective global healthcare and poverty alleviation.
After their successful presentation at the Google Demo Day: Women’s Edition, we are certain that this will not be the last we hear from these powerful women!
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