The global Katerva Awards chooses Maternova as a 2019 finalist in the category of Gender Equity

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Meet the Maternova Team

Core Team

Prakash Veenam, MBA

Prakash brings over 15 years experience in leadership, strategy and project management. His background in the Navy has led him to wear several different hats including command of a warship, planning, and operations. He is an expert on sensor technology and has extensive expertise in international diplomacy, having worked with counterparts in North America, Europe, and Australia. Prior joining Maternova, Prakash worked with State Street Bank, MA in the strategic operations team. He holds an MBA from Babson College, Massachusetts.  

Meg Wirth, MPA 
Chief Strategy Officer

Meg Wirth is an expert in maternal and neonatal health innovation.   She is the co-founder of Maternova and a S.E.VEN fellow and a Cartier Women's Initiative finalist. She has advised dozens of entrepreneurs and startups in women's health and global health.   Meg has also worked as a member of the Rockefeller Foundation’s Health Equity team and co-edited a major volume called Challenging Inequities in Health: From Ethics to Action. She was a co-author of the UN Millennium Project’s final report on child and maternal health. She has a BA from Harvard University and an MPA in international development from Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School. E-mail:

Kevin Kennedy 

Kevin Kennedy is Maternova's CFO along with acting as President of Double K Consulting  Mr. Kennedy brings 20 years of experience having worked for and with a number of small businesses, trade associations, nonprofit organizations, and larger national and international corporations. The positions he has held include CFO, Treasurer, Director of Accounting, Director of Finance, Mergers & Acquisitions, Program Control Officer/Internal Auditor and Various Controllerships. E-mail:

Andrew P. Mallon, Ph.D., MRPharmS 
Director of Revenue & Growth

Dr. Mallon works with Maternova as Director of Revenue & Growth, along with providing clinical expertise. He founded Calista Therapeutics in 2012 based upon the discovery and development of a technology platform of therapeutics that modulate the cellular transport, location, and activation of regulatory proteins. Dr. Mallon is a biotech entrepreneur, specializing in the identification and creation of early stage value in promising therapeutics in diseases that have high, unmet clinical need and de-risked development pathways.
Previously Dr. Mallon founded Ardane Therapeutics, Inc. (USA), and Carlton Pharmaceutics (UK). Dr. Mallon is an inventor on several patents based upon his discoveries in addition to several publications. Dr. Mallon has a Ph.D. from the University of Glasgow, taught and undertook research at Brown University and is a registered pharmacist. Dr. Mallon has served as an expert scientific reviewer for both the NIH and NSF grant committees focused upon drug development.

Shreya Patel, MBBS, MPH, MSc
Content Writer

Shreya is a physician from London, U.K. with experience in obstetrics and gynecology. She is currently working as a health policy analyst and is passionate about ensuring equitable access to healthcare. She has a particular interest in the quality of care during childbirth and the postpartum. Her work as a physician was focussed on caring for and treating pregnant migrant and refugee women in one of the most deprived areas of London. She also has experience in digital maternal health care and medical communications. Shreya holds an MPH in Health Policy from Harvard T. H. Chan School of Public Health, MSc in Reproductive Science and Women’s health, and BSc in International Health from University College London.

Will Sheehan
Social Media Marketing Intern

Will Sheehan works with Maternova as the Social Media Marketing Intern.  Will comes from a variety of public interest opportunities and is passionate about connecting access to technology and services with the vulnerable.  Will majored in Spanish in college, which led him to spend a semester studying abroad in Cáceres, Spain.  He is a second-year law student at Roger Williams University School of Law and holds a B.A. from Kalamazoo College in Michigan.

Founding Team

Allyson E. Cote

Allyson E. Cote is Maternova's Co-Founder and was Chief Operating Officer until 2018. She brought startup experience, operations, marketing, and design to the management team. With over fifteen years in the development field, her award-winning expertise lies in high-level client acquisition, strategic and channel partnership development, product development, account management, marketing, and she is an award-winning writer. Prior to Maternova, Allyson acted as a founding Vice President team member of Shape Up, Inc. as well as acting as COO for Alessandra Gold, Inc. She holds an undergraduate degree in Sociology from the University of Massachusetts and is currently working towards an MBA in Advocacy & Policy.

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