3Daughters Named Best Startup at Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day : UMass Amherst

University of Massachusetts Amherst Institute for Applied Life Sciences’ (IALS) startup company 3Daughters was named Best Startup at the 15th annual Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation (MALSI) Day in Boston on July 21.

MALSI Day is the biggest gathering for life sciences startups and innovation in the commonwealth, bringing together scientific leaders and business experts to mingle with scientists, post-docs, professors, entrepreneurs, innovators and venture capitalists.

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Accepting the award for Best Startup at Massachusetts Life Sciences Innovation Day on July 21 are Institute for Applied Life Sciences startup 3Daughters’ Chief Business Officer Shelley Amster (holding certificate) and CEO Mary Beth Cicero. Also pictured are Uli Stilz (left), vice president of Novo Nordisk Bio Innovation Hub, and Vinit Nijhawan, vice chair and managing director of MassVentures.

3Daughters is a women’s healthcare company developing an ergonomic, pain-free, magnetic intrauterine device (IUD) for contraception with a unique design that conforms to a woman’s body. Invented by professor Carlos Gradil, veterinary & animal science and equine studies, the frameless IUD addresses the problems associated with the outdated T-shape design of current IUDs, including significant insertion pain, expulsion and uterine perforation, along with the nuisance factor of the attached strings for IUD retrieval.

Accepting the award were 3Daughters Chief Business Officer and co-founder Shelley Amster and CEO and co-founder Mary Beth Cicero.

3Daughters was also a recipient of a Manning/IALS Innovation Award in 2021.

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