Hashiona, the first medical app to help you manage your thyroid condition
What is Hashimoto?
Hashimoto's disease is an autoimmune disorder affecting the thyroid gland. An autoimmune disorder is an illness caused by the immune system attacking healthy tissues. In Hashimoto's disease, immune-system cells lead to the death of the thyroid's hormone-producing cells. The disease usually results in a decline in hormone production (hypothyroidism).
We had the chance to interview Eva Galant - Founder & CEO of Hashiona:
After 6 years of struggling with Hashimoto disease, Eva decided to found Hashiona - an app dedicated to helping you manage your thyroid condition. This business manager demonstrates strong technical and managerial background with 10 years of international market experience in the tech and start-up sector. She holds a BSc in Management and Engineering of Production in e-technology from the Western Pomeranian University of Technology and a PDg in Investment Management from the Birkbeck University of London. She is also an alumnus of the Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business' exclusive China Start program, the Stanford Rebuild program, and winner of the MIT EF CEE'21 program and Draper University x UNDP accelerator. Furthermore, she worked at WeWork, as an Expansion manager, where she was responsible for launching the company operations in Western Australia and Poland. She also co-founded 3 start-ups such as Elite Card, a marketplace Loyalty Program with more than 400 partners and 3000 paying customers, which makes her experience a micro exit after successfully sold.
Globally 480M people are suffering from Hypothyroidism & Hashimoto, and this number includes only those who have been lucky enough to get diagnosed. Doctors are alarmed that the real number of thyroid disorders can even be doubled. Currently, there are a limited number of specialists available, so patients are mostly treated by primary care doctors.The latter do not always have enough time or specialised knowledge to address the complexity of the disease.
Thus, Hashiona would like to consider essential factors such as prevention, diagnostics, and self-care. The goal of the start-up is to provide, step by step, customised, remission program including personalised nutrition, lifestyle & supplement plan to help every woman dealing with Hashimoto to change her life based on health questionnaires & blood test results. In fact, they did some first pre-clinical case studies on a small sample of patients, which shows that after only 14 days of using the program, the improvement of symptoms level is 78%, as well as losing an average 3 pounds of weight.
The business model is very simple: they are charging $49 dollars in monthly subscription based on a 12-months agreement. Right now they are a direct-to-consumer product, however, in the future they want this to be fully paid for by employers and insurance companies.
3 questions to Eva:
Tell us a bit about your background and where did the idea come from to start the Hashiona app?
“A few years ago, I felt very bad. When I couldn't function anymore, I searched the internet and found out that my problems could be thyroid related. I was diagnosed with Hashimoto's and wanted to change something. I sought advice from specialists and changed my diet and lifestyle. Then I read a lot of scientific research and tested many solutions on myself. I achieved my goal – calmed down Hashimoto's disease and went into remission by decreasing the number of antibodies in my blood. That’s why I want to help others, so I created Hashiona. The COVID-19 pandemic contributed to the acceleration of the digitalisation of medical appointments and we used this trend to create Hashiona. The application is developed in cooperation with the medical community and on the basis of studies of a large group of patients with Hashimoto's.”
What is the thing you are most looking forward to?
“We have a whole plan for next year that includes the launch of blood test kits, patient trials, and starting the FDA process. In the future, we would like to add more autoimmune diseases to our portfolio and of course, develop our application and acquire more users. “
When did you decide to followTech4Eva program? Why is this useful to you?
“We want to be seen as a brand for women especially since most Hashimoto patients are females. Tech4Eva is a unique accelerator dedicated to fem-tech startups - and even if we have already participated in a couple of start-up’ programs - we could not resist being a part of this exciting program. It is also a great opportunity to present our solution to a broader audience, and investors and to learn from other successful companies in the femtech space.”
More info and how to get in touch:
www.hashiona.com and https://hashiona.com/individual-diet-in-app-hashiona/