DEERFIELD & CHICAGO, Ill. – Dec. 20, 2016 – As Walgreens focuses on new ways to help support the development of next-generation healthcare technology, products and services, today the company joins Chicago-based healthcare incubator and innovation community, MATTER, in announcing a new strategic relationship.

Walgreens will collaborate with healthcare innovators across MATTER’s network of early-stage industry entrepreneurs and partners, who are focused on accelerating the development and growth of solutions that address industry challenges and improve care.

“We’re looking forward to working with MATTER and uncovering new innovation that can help shape the future of healthcare, technology and pharmacy,” said Brad Fluegel, senior vice president and chief healthcare commercial market development officer at Walgreens.

As part of the collaboration, Walgreens will actively contribute to MATTER’s knowledge network, providing expertise to MATTER’s curriculum, participating in mentorship, and supporting other initiatives designed to provide the incubator’s 150+ startups with the resources they need to further their businesses and connect to the broader healthcare ecosystem in the region.

Walgreens is also working closely with MATTER as a founding member of the recently launched Health Care Council of Chicago (HC3) – an organization co-created by MATTER and Leavitt Partners. HC3’s charter is to convene Chicagoland healthcare companies to expand the intellectual, technical, human and financial capital required to succeed in a value-based healthcare economy while concurrently raising Chicago’s profile as an American healthcare epicenter.