Amanda French, Co-Founder & CEO, EMME
Amanda French is the co-founder and CEO of Emme, a healthtech company that is revolutionizing birth control. Emme invented the first smart, connected pill case for birth control pill management. Under Amanda’s leadership, Emme has earned global recognition, including as one of TIME’s Best Inventions of 2021 and ranking among Fast Company’s Most Innovative Companies of 2021. Prior to founding Emme, Amanda developed breakthrough heart valve technology as an R&D engineer with Edwards Lifesciences, where she also held roles in program management, manufacturing, and marketing through the Technical Development Program. She went on to develop state-of-the-art hearing aids at Earlens. She brings her prior experience of developing innovative medical technology to drive the advancement of innovation in women’s health at Emme. Amanda was a 2016-2017 Innovation Fellow at the Stanford-Byers Center for Biodesign, and a Ferolyn Fellow in 2018-2019 with the Fogarty Institute for Innovation. She holds a BS in Mechanical Engineering from Duke University.