Pfizer Consumer Healthcare and Galvanize seek second cohort of startup companies to participate in joint health and wellness innovation program

By Editor June 16, 2016

Companies Provide Update on Inaugural Cohort

SAN FRANCISCO, CA – Pfizer Consumer Healthcare (PCH) and Galvanize today announced the opening of the application process for a second cohort of startup companies interested in participating in their joint health and wellness innovation program. Interested companies are encouraged to apply beginning July 15 at The program cohort will last six months and is expected to start on August 15.

Galvanize and PCH began working with its first cohort of 12 companies in March. The startups selected are specializing in the development of potential health and wellness solutions in areas such as improved sleep, stress management, energy, aging and nutrition. Through the program they are gaining access to Galvanize’s campus and work space in San Francisco, along with Galvanize’s network of technical talent and investors, as well as the opportunity to work with health and business leaders at PCH.

“We are very excited to work with these innovative consumer health companies and our partner, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare, to create an immersive environment for these startups, providing mentoring and resources to level-up their businesses,” said Galvanize CEO Jim Deters.

“The technologies being developed and the innovative applications of data by the startups participating in the initial cohort are quite remarkable,” said Annie Guzek, vice president, strategy, portfolio and insights, Pfizer Consumer Healthcare. “Engaging with these entrepreneurs has been exciting and stimulating for us and supports our efforts to examine a broad array of consumer health and wellness solutions. We’re looking forward to continuing this process as we seek a second cohort of companies,” she said.

“Resources, expert advice, and incredible support from the Galvanize and PCH teams has turned Pilates Metrics into a more intelligent and efficient company,” said Joseph Quinn, Co-founder of Pilates Metrics. “Since joining, we have exceeded our fundraising projections, signed a partner agreement with Fletcher Pilates, and accelerated our development timeline. By the close of the program, we will go-to-market with massive momentum thanks in part to Pfizer and Galvanize.”

“We’re thrilled to participate in this program. Our access to resources is amazing, from the mentors at Galvanize to high-level executives at Pfizer,” said Quinn Jacobson, CEO and co-founder of Vibrado Technologies. “The consumerization of healthcare and Pfizer’s interest in wearables creates an environment favoring innovation. We are excited to engage with Pfizer around creative, patient-centric solutions.”

This is the latest in a string of collaborations for Galvanize with a number of large partners such as IBM and Allstate to help founders and students reach their full potential by providing access to talent, resources, and a massive startup network. For more information or to apply to the Fall 2016 cohort please visit:

About Galvanize
Galvanize is dynamic tech learning community that that offers education, workspace and networking for students, startups and large companies. Galvanize teaches web development, data science and data engineering to students, offers support and space to member companies and provides over 200 networking events across 8 urban campuses throughout the nation. Galvanize campuses bring together entrepreneurs, students, investors, mentors, and great people and companies to develop the skills, mindset and networks necessary to thrive in a technology driven world. To learn more about Galvanize, visit or like us on Facebook: or follow us on Twitter @Galvanize.

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 healthcare products. Our global portfolio includes medicines and vaccines as well as many of the world’s best-known consumer healthcare 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. For more information, please visit us at In addition, to learn more, follow us on Twitter at @Pfizer and @Pfizer_News, LinkedIn, YouTube and like us on Facebook at

About the companies participating in the inaugural Health and Wellness Innovation Program:

Brite Health – Niousha Zadeh, Sanaz Motahari, Alireza Forouzan
San Francisco Bay Area
Brite Health is a leader in brain health improvement and its platform has the ability to monitor and prevent cognitive impairment in an effective, engaging, and scalable manner.

Cognilab – Jose Barrios
Vancouver, CA
Cognilab is an online assessment platform for psychologists and psychiatrist to remotely assess patients using clinical scales and cognitive tests. The platform provides unparalleled speed, scale and superior data accuracy compared to traditional methodologies.

First Aid Shot Therapy – Mary Page Platerink
Burlingame, CA
First Aid Shot Therapy® (F.A.S.T.) is a range of single-dose, liquid, over-the-counter (OTC) medications formulated to reimagine the way that Millennials manage their health and is currently available in convenience stores around the country.

SmartPlate– Anthony Ortiz
Philadelphia, PA
SmartPlate is the only intelligent plate that instantly analyzes entire meals for the 100+ million Americans who are currently doing this manually.

Inteliclinic – Kamil Adamczyk, Tomasz Kolodziejak, Janusz Fraczek
San Francisco, CA
Inteliclinic is an engineering studio specializing in artificial intelligence technologies and biosignal processing systems, such as Neuroon – a revolutionary wearable mask that combines advanced brainwave and pulse measurement technology with a sleeping mask.

LifeAssist Technologies – Val Ornoy
San Francisco, CA
LifeAssist is an enterprise SaaS company that provides a care-management platform and a voice-controlled reminder device to homecare agencies and senior housing operators.

LIGHTHOUSE – Dave Vockell
San Francisco, CA
LIGHTHOUSE helps doctors translate great medical instruction into powerful patient action in support of living with multiple chronic conditions. We offer our chronic care management program in partnership with the American Diabetes Association and qualify doctors for CCM Medicare incentives.

Pacifica Labs Inc. – Dale Beermann and Chris Goettel
San Francisco, CA
Pacifica is the fastest growing stress and anxiety management application in the world. Based on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, mindfulness, and relaxation, over 760,000 people have signed up to use Pacifica since the public launch in January 2015.

Pilates Metrics – Joseph and Karinne Quinn
San Francisco, CA
Pilates Metrics builds apps that translate Pilates practice into anatomy-based digital fitness reports.

Predictably Well – Juliet Oberding and Terje Norderhaug
San Francisco
Predictably Well enables proactive health management by forecasting day-to-day wellness and symptoms.

ROOT– Nehal Gajjar
San Francisco, CA
ROOT is a mobile app that reduces depression by helping teenagers and adults process emotional pain using therapeutic tools.

Vibrado Technologies – Quinn Jacobson and Cynthia Kuo
Mountain View, CA
Vibrado’s wearable technology provides physical therapy patients with high-quality, personalized attention at any time, in any location. It guides patients through exercises, automatically measures and highlights progress, and corrects patients’ form when needed.