Through the arrangement, Guidepoint will arrange consultations between selected healthcare entrepreneurs and experts in their fields, the companies said. The advisors will be either members of Guidepoint’s 225,000 person network or custom-recruits.
“As BD continues to expand its commitment to fostering innovation, we are excited about partnering with Guidepoint to tap into their independent network of global experts and benefit some of the most promising healthcare start-ups. Finding and nurturing cutting-edge technologies that will improve healthcare delivery and outcomes is at the core of our innovation efforts, and we realize that such opportunities will not just come from within our walls,” executive veep of R&D Dr. Ellen Strahlman said in a press release.
Franklin Lakes, N.J.-based BD is mentoring several healthcare startups with the help of Guidepoint research managers, the company said.
The strategy is part of a new initiative within the company to find and nurture new growth and development in healthcare and medical technology, BD said.
“Over the past 12 years, we’ve seen 1st-hand the impact that conversations with the right experts can have on innovation and business success. We are pleased to partner with BD to support development of new solutions that can improve the health of people around the world. And our research managers are looking forward to working directly with the entrepreneurs selected by BD,” CEO Albert Sebag said in prepared remarks.