Pfizer Consumer Healthcare Partners with Galvanize to Launch Health and Wellness Innovation Program in San Francisco

Up to 10 Startups Will Gain Access to the Expertise of Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and Galvanize to Develop Their Businesses

Feb 11, 2016, 09:00 ET from Galvanize

SAN FRANCISCO, Feb. 11, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Galvanize and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH) today announced a joint health and wellness innovation program that will enable up to ten startup companies specializing in the development of potential solutions for improved sleep, stress management, energy, aging and nutrition to access Galvanize's network of technical talent and investors.

The first cohort of companies will be jointly selected by Galvanize and Pfizer Consumer Healthcare for a six-month program beginning on March 7, 2016, that will be housed at Galvanize's San Francisco campus. Companies interested in the program can apply now at until February 23, 2016.

"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 Jim Deters, Galvanize CEO and co-founder. "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."

"Developing new ways for consumers to improve their health and well-being remains a priority for Pfizer Consumer Healthcare," said Suneet Varma, president and general manager, 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."

During the course of the program, companies will gain access to all of Galvanize's membership programming and meet with the Galvanize team every week to connect with mentors, learn how to grow their business and get introductions to startup experts and investors within the broader Galvanize community. Additionally they'll be able to pitch their company's projects to students from Galvanize Full Stack and Galvanize Data Science programs – making it easier for them to get access to technical talent and take their business to the next level.

By teaming up with Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, and taking advantage of its global expertise in consumer health and wellness, participants in the program will have access to mentoring and insights from Pfizer Consumer Healthcare that will help them develop and grow their companies.

This is the latest in a string of collaborations for Galvanize with a number of large partners such as IBM, Silicon Valley Bank, and Allstate to help founders and students reach their full potential by providing access to talent, resources, and a massive startup network.

Founders interested in applying for the health and wellness innovation program can visit Applications open today and will close on February 23, 2016. Selected companies will be publicly announced in early March.

About Galvanize

Galvanize is an education company that blurs the lines between learning and working. We create easy access for anyone who has the aptitude and drive to succeed with technology, especially in data science, engineering and entrepreneurship. Our campuses are home to instructors, students, startups and others who want to reach their full potential. Start your journey at

About Pfizer Consumer Healthcare

Pfizer Consumer Healthcare helps consumers around the world take health and wellness into their own hands.  Our trusted brands, such as Advil®, Caltrate®, Centrum®, ChapStick®, Dimetapp®, Emergen-C®, Nexium24 HR® and Robitussin® are used by consumers around the world to improve and maintain their health and wellbeing.

Pfizer Inc.: Working together for a healthier world™

At Pfizer, we apply science and our global resources to bring therapies to people that extend and significantly improve their lives. We strive to set the standard for quality, safety and value in the discovery, development and manufacture of health care products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world's best-known consumer health care products. Every day, Pfizer colleagues work across developed and emerging markets to advance wellness, prevention, treatments and cures that challenge the most feared diseases of our time. Consistent with our responsibility as one of the world's premier innovative biopharmaceutical companies, we collaborate with health care providers, governments and local communities to support and expand access to reliable, affordable health care around the world. For more than 150 years, Pfizer has worked to make a difference for all who rely on us. To learn more, please visit us at In addition, to learn more, follow us on Twitter at @Pfizer and @Pfizer_News, LinkedIn, and like us on Facebook at

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