Holland & Barrett acquires FemTech start-up, Parla
Holland & Barrett, the leading retailer of wellness products, has announced the acquisition of Parla, as part of its strategy to expand its reach beyond retail through the offering of personalized wellness solutions.
Co-founded by Lina Chan with husband Tyler Christie and Rose Acton in 2018, Parla’s mission is to break the taboo around women’s health issues and enable access to trusted, holistic support.
Spoke is the first-ever virtual support system to improve women’s mental well-being after pregnancy loss and beyond. It provides a safe and trusted space that supports ongoing informed conversation and scientific information about women’s health and fertility experiences.
Parla Offers holistic and personalized care for a range of challenges including endometriosis, PCOS and pregnancy loss. Through its online programs, participants join cohort-based learning programs, which help bring together women who may have gone through similar experiences and connect them with experts in fertility, psychology, nutrition and wellness.
Holland & Barrett is known for its wide range of wellness products and advice, and it is now expanding its reach to offer broader services and solutions on a range of currently underserved health topics.
Tamara Rajah, Chief Scientific and Commercial Officer, Holland & Barrett said: “Our vision is to transform the wellbeing of 100 million people by 2025, helping them achieve their personal wellbeing goals. This ambition takes us beyond our current retail business to offer a suite of different personalized diagnostics, services and solutions.
Over there aims to address key underserved well-being needs that affect tens of millions of women around the world. Women who have suffered from endometriosis, PCOS or pregnancy loss often find it difficult to know where to turn. What stood out for Holland & Barrett with Parla was their focus on socializing these taboo topics, and their new cohort-based model for addressing mental wellbeing through conversation, community and support. of experts. Holland & Barrett has been advising women on menopause and women’s health for over 50 years, so it’s a natural extension of our business.
Lina Chan, Founder of Parla commented, “Parla was inspired by my own experience of pregnancy loss and difficulty conceiving. I always felt on the back foot. One in ten women in the UK currently suffer from endometriosis and PCOS1and one in five pregnancies ends in miscarriage2. I wanted to build something that helps women feel in control of their journey through these difficult experiences. Parla’s research revealed that Cohort learning is a particularly powerful method of support when it comes to tackling taboo health areas, as it combines access to expert coaching with peer support. We also offer home hormone testing, health quizzes, and the ability to access personalized health information. Our programs are also supported by an app designed to help clients adopt the lifestyle interventions taught in each program. »
Parla officially launches its next endometriosis program by supporting the UK premiere of “Below the Belt”, a new American documentary on the injustices affecting women’s health. Directed by Shannon Cohn and produced by Hillary Clinton, the film reveals how millions of people with endometriosis are shunned and silenced.
The screening in London on the 8e June will be followed by a live panel discussion with some of the biggest names in British medicine and media – Candice Brathwaite, Pippa Vosper, Dr Anita Mitra aka Gynae Geek, Dr Nighat Arif, Lina Chan from Parla and Shannon Cohn will explore how storytelling, femtech innovation and community can help break the silence and improve healthcare outcomes for all.