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Liège biopharmaceutical company Mithra has won the essenscia Innovation Award 2019.

After ten years of research and development in Belgium, Mithra, a company specialising in women’s health, is on the verge of reinventing the contraceptive pill. Their new pill, Estelle, is the first contraceptive pill to be based on estetrol (E4), a natural hormone that is produced in the liver of the human foetus during pregnancy.

Mithra has managed to replicate this hormone via a complex production process and clinical trials in 4000 patients demonstrate that it is safe and effective, with fewer side effects for women.