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Fishawack buys Brighton comms agency

Published on 02/07/14 at 10:31am
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Ann Dieckmann and Oliver Dennis

Medical communications firm Fishawack has acquired the UK, Brighton-based agency Facilitate as part of its
 ongoing purchasing strategy.

Facilitate will be integrated into the Fishawack Group, and the latter 
will provide its new acquisition with resources and representation in 
the US. In doing so, Facilitate will be rebranded as
 Fishawack-Facilitate.

Facilitate is a full-service med
comms agency, and Fishawack says a key attribute to the team is that they have developed a global leadership board service which provides daily
content analysis from physicians at key medical congresses.
 

Established in 2002 by Ann Dieckmann and Alan Bromley, 
Facilitate has primarily been supporting pharma clients
 based in the US and Europe. Bromley is to step down from the sector after over 30 years in the business following the acquisition, but Dieckmann is to remain with Facilitate. 

Dieckmann says: “I am excited to be part of the Fishawack Group
 both for myself and for the team. We wanted to become 
part of a group that has global reach but remained focussed on medical
 communications.”

 

Oliver Dennis the chief executive of Fishawack, adds: “Medical communications in the UK is based around an axis that connects 
Manchester to Oxford to London to Brighton. Being present in those areas puts you within reach of 
75% of all experienced medical communications professionals. Brighton is
a great place for Fishawack to be.”

 

Gail Flockhart who is the Group managing director notes that they have been collaborating with Facilitate for the past six months, and have a clear plan for
 supporting them with additional resource. 

She adds: “Facilitate joining the Group
 brings our global team to over 240 staff, a significant size for an 
independent organisation in the medical communications sector.”

Brett Wells

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