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Swiss comms agency archimed joins Fishawack

Published on 13/06/13 at 12:46pm

The Fishawack Group has acquired Swiss-based medical communications firm archimed in a deal that will expand both companies’ offerings. 

The archimed agency will add to the Group’s footprint in Switzerland and fits alongside the Group’s Phocus comms team, which is based in Basel.

The Fishawack Group is one of the largest independent healthcare communications organisations, and has offices near Manchester and Oxford in the UK, and in Pennsylvania in the US.

“We are very excited to have archimed join the Group,” said Oliver Dennis, Fishawack’s chief executive. “In April, we linked up with a new investor, Growth Capital Partners, to allow us to continue to build the Fishawack Group, and this acquisition is the first step in our new phase of growth.

“We now have a global team of over 150 staff and the largest medical communications capability in Switzerland of any agency organisation.”

Françoise Rampelberg, general manager of archimed, said: “I am very pleased that archimed is becoming part of a larger group. There will be many opportunities for synergies across the Group moving forward, and Fishawack and archimed have very similar philosophies about quality, flexibility and client satisfaction.

“Our clients will benefit from access to further high-quality resources. Being part of a larger group will also offer more opportunities for the archimed team - the archimedians. This is clearly a win-win situation.”

The archimed team offers clients medical writing, project management, and clinical research, consultancy and pharmacovigilance services.

Gail Flockhart, managing director of Fishawack, said: “The archimed team bring a new service to the Fishawack portfolio in the shape of specialist pharmacovigilance support.

“Adding new services to the Group was another aim of our new investment partnership, and this will allow us to respond better to our clients’ evolving needs for expertise in specialist areas such as pharmacovigilance. archimed also expands our current service of clinical and regulatory writing.”

Ben Adams

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