MATTER and the VSP Global Innovation Center launch partnership to drive innovation in vision care

Healthcare incubator and leading vision care innovation hub join forces to address sustainability, health equity and patient experience

March 16, 2023, CHICAGO and RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. — MATTER, the premier healthcare incubator and innovation hub, and the VSP Global Innovation Center (GIC), the innovation hub at VSP Vision™, a leader in health-focused vision care, announced a new partnership aimed at driving innovation in the vision care industry.

With a shared commitment to advancing care and health equity, MATTER will work with the VSP Global Innovation Center to fuel innovation that increases access to care, improves the patient experience and minimizes the environmental impact of the vision care industry. At the same time, MATTER startups will benefit from the GIC’s expertise and resources, fostering new opportunities for growth and collaboration.

“We are honored that VSP Vision Global Innovation Center, a leader in health-focused vision care, chose MATTER as their partner to help advance innovative technologies to improve vision care and health,” said Steven Collens, CEO of MATTER. “Welcoming VSP to our community will enable us to further explore and accelerate innovations that focus on vision care, a critical aspect of healthcare.”

“At the VSP Global Innovation Center, our teams work to reimagine how eye care and eyewear are delivered to the world,” said Ruth Yomtoubian, head of the GIC. “To do so, we seek to reach outside our corporate boundaries to source capabilities and perspectives beyond our current areas of expertise. Partnering with MATTER enables us to effectively tap into the healthcare innovation ecosystem to strengthen our work and efforts.”

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About VSP Global Innovation Center

At VSP Vision™, our purpose is to empower human potential through sight. As the first national not-for-profit vision benefits company, this is what drives everything we do. For nearly 70 years, VSP has been the leader in health-focused vision care, providing affordable access to eye care and eyewear for more than 85 million members through a network of more than 41,000 doctors. The VSP Global Innovation Center is VSP Visions lens into the future. Through emerging technologies, new business exploration, and strategic connections within the innovation ecosystem, the GIC is VSP Vision’s hub for reimagining the way eye care and eyewear are delivered to the world. Learn more about how we’re reinvesting in greater vision, health, and opportunities for all at


At MATTER, we believe collaboration is the best way to improve healthcare. The MATTER collaborative includes more than 800 current and alumni startups from around the world, working together with dozens of hospitals and health systems, universities and industry-leading companies to build the future of healthcare. Together we are accelerating innovation, advancing care and improving lives. For more information, visit and follow @MATTERhealth.