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L’Oreal appoints new president of professional products division

BY David Salazar

CLICHY, France — L’Oreal announced Thursday that it had appointed a new president of its professional products division. Nathalie Roos, who joined the company in 2012 as the L’Oreal Germany country manager, will succeed An Verhulst-Santos, and join the company’s executive committee in the second quarter of 2016. Verhulst-Santos will take on new responsibilities in the company, effective in April. 
 
During her time at L’Oreal, Roos has helped grow the company’s consumer products division in Germany. She began her career at Kraft Foods Group in 1987 and moved to Mars Group in 1989. 
 
Verhulst-Santos has been president of the professional products division for the past five years, during which time she has overseen the integration of the acquired brands Decléor and Carita. She joined L’Oreal’s executive committee in 2011. 
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Perrigo enables Digimarc Barcode technology in private label offerings

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
BEAVERTON, Ore. – Digimarc on Thursday announced a collaboration with Perrigo to provide Digimarc Barcode services to its retail customers. 
 
The Digimarc Barcode is a disruptive technology that can support an omnichannel shopping experience on one end and improve checkout efficiency on the other end by encoding an entire package with an invisible barcode. 
 
“We want to provide our customers with the latest technology advancements that can assist in growing their own label business,” stated Jeff Needham, Perrigo's EVP, U.S. consumer healthcare. “Consumers want more information about health-related products, and our retailers are continually looking for ways to deliver that information while improving their own operational efficiency. The Digimarc Barcode is an ideal way to provide additional retailer and consumer benefits without cluttering product design.”
 
“With the adoption of Digimarc Barcode, Perrigo is demonstrating product leadership, delivering greater opportunities for consumer engagement and building brand loyalty for customers,” commented Bruce Davis, CEO at Digimarc. “Easy and effective communication of information about products is also becoming increasingly important in their field. We look forward to closely partnering with them in this very important and challenging area of consumer product marketing.” 
 
By including Digimarc Barcode in artwork and product packaging concurrently, Perrigo will enable its retail customers to engage consumers in a more meaningful way, providing significantly more information about the benefits of the products they are looking to purchase. By simply pointing a smartphone camera at a Digimarc Barcode-enabled package, consumers can access a wide range of relevant product information that is easily updated at any time by Perrigo or its retailers, including directing customers to their e-commerce sites. 
 
Digimarc Barcode also allows faster and easier checkout at point of sale, providing significant operational efficiencies for retailers. Finally, embedded barcodes also provide easier inventory management and time- and labor-savings. 
 
 
 
 
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J&J Health and Wellness Solutions and Plug and Play Tech Center create accelerator to support innovation

BY Michael Johnsen

 
 
NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. – Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions on Wednesday announced a collaboration with Plug and Play Tech Center, a global investor and technology accelerator, to support innovative, early-stage companies developing direct-to-consumer solutions that enhance wellness.
 
Participation in the newly created Health and Wellness Technology Accelerator is open to companies that support human wellbeing through interventions that target nutrition, physical activity, stress, sleep, alcohol and smoking cessation.  Companies will be selected based on criteria established jointly by JJHWS and Plug and Play.  
 
"We take a very investor-driven mindset [toward start-up companies or entrepreneurs], which is really about establishing what are the proof points, what are the points of derisking new technology and structuring a pilot or proof of concept around that," Stacy Feld, senior director of Consumer Scientific Innovation at Johnson & Johnson Innovation, shared with a Plug and Play panel at the IoT & Health Expo in December (see video above). "Then we wrap the right business structure around that, recognizing that it's not one size fits all." 
 
Consistent with Johnson & Johnson's efforts to support diversity and its focus on increasing women's representation in science and technology, the accelerator will target at least 30% participation by companies founded by women or minorities.
 
The Health and Wellness Technology Accelerator complements Johnson & Johnson Innovation JLABS, which supports emerging pharmaceutical and medical device companies with a specific focus on new medicines, molecules and products. 
 
"Our collaboration with Plug and Play extends Johnson & Johnson's focus on innovation and investment in a technology-driven healthcare ecosystem that puts people at the center," stated Len Greer, president of JJHWS. "Our company offers a unique combination of deep consumer insights, behavioral and biological science expertise, regulatory experience, analytics and design thinking capability, and we are committed to collaborating with the best technology companies to transform human health and wellbeing."
 
The accelerator will provide a rigorous three-month program for two groups of companies per year. Both Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness Solutions and Plug and Play will provide coaching and mentorship support to the start-up founders. As part of this mentorship, the companies may be eligible to participate in the Corporate Athlete program offered by the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute, which trains executives on how to manage and expand their energy to maximize performance in both their business and personal lives.
 
The collaboration commitment is for three years, with annual renewal options thereafter. Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions will provide an award for the three most promising companies in each group, based on their potential to make a meaningful impact in consumer wellness.
 
Johnson & Johnson Health and Wellness Solutions and Plug and Play may also provide seed funding for companies that best align with the Johnson & Johnson wellness mission. Follow-on funding may also be available for select companies.
 
Applications for the first group opened Jan. 6 and close on Feb. 15, 2016, and the program kicks off on March 31, 2016. To apply, visit: http://bit.ly/applyhealth
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