Women’s Health with Somer Baburek

Women’s Health with Somer Baburek

This week’s theme: Women’s Health

Endometriosis, a complex and often misunderstood condition, poses significant challenges to women’s health worldwide. Characterized by the presence of endometrial tissue outside the uterus, this condition disrupts normal bodily functions and can lead to debilitating pain, infertility, and various other complications.  Its diagnosis typically requires invasive surgical procedures, presenting a considerable barrier to timely identification and management. The lack of non-surgical diagnostic methods exacerbates the burden on patients and strains healthcare systems globally.

Moreover, the insufficient funding allocated to endometriosis research perpetuates this cycle of neglect, hindering progress toward effective treatments and preventive strategies. However, there is growing enthusiasm for non-surgical diagnostic approaches, offering hope for improved awareness, early detection, and management of this often-overlooked aspect of women’s health. By prioritizing non-surgical diagnostic methods, we can better address the needs of those affected by endometriosis, ultimately advancing women’s health and well-being.

From Fear to Fire: Secrets to Overcome Fear, Embrace your Gifts and Achieve Success

This is the place where real people share real challenges. Where you can find a common bond and uncommon wisdom through their stories. Use tips from the breakthroughs of others to jump start your success. Speaker, author, adventurer, and host Heather Hansen O’Neill takes you on the journey from fear to fire.  Today we talk about addressing the funding gaps for women’s health.

Somer Baburek

Somer currently serves as the President & CEO of Hera Biotech, a women’s health company focused on commercializing a non-surgical diagnostic for early detection of endometriosis. Prior to founding Hera, Somer, spent ten years in life science venture capital at Targeted Technology Fund, the largest life science fund in San Antonio. During her time with Targeted Tech she also served as the Director of Clinical Operations for Santalis Pharmaceuticals where she built out the clinical program at the company over seven years.

During her tenure, Santalis expanded its clinical program from a single IND to four active INDs; and from 2 domestic clinical trials to over 10 clinical trials, including 2 international trials. Somer earned her MBA with a specialization in Data Analytics, from Louisiana State University and prior to her work with the Targeted Technology Fund and Santalis, Somer attended the University of Texas San Antonio where she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in entrepreneurship and was the winner of the prestigious C.I.T.E. (Center for Innovation Technology and Entrepreneurship) annual student competition, with a women’s health technology she invented.

Connect with Somer:

Website: Hera biotech

Social Accounts:
LinkedIn: Hera Biotech
LinkedIn:  Somer Baburek

Quote of the Day:

“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.” ~Sheryl Sandberg


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