Spotlight On... Pfizer teams with Silicon Valley incubator to promote consumer health startups; FDA clears Optovue's AngioVue retinal imaging; J&J hit with $13.5M pelvic mesh verdict; and more...

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare ($PFE) announced the launch of joint health and wellness innovation program that will enable 10 med tech startups to utilize the San Francisco office of tech industry incubator Galvanize. The duo is accepting applications for new companies focused on improving sleep, stress management, energy, aging and nutrition. "We're excited to team up with a leader in healthcare such as Pfizer Consumer Healthcare to foster innovation in the health and tech industry," said Galvanize CEO and co-founder, Jim Deters. "This program will provide an amazing environment for healthcare startups to grow and reach their full potential, and is proof of Galvanize's ability to provide great technical talent and invaluable resources for founders." The winning companies will have access to Galvanize's programming as well its network of possible investors. In addition, they can receive mentoring from the minds at Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. "Developing new ways for consumers to improve their health and well-being remains a priority for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare," said Suneet Varma, the president and general manager of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. "Collaborating with new partners enables us to build on our own efforts to develop new, innovative ways for consumers to achieve better health and wellness by tapping into the creativity and thinking taking place all around us." Release | Website

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