Media is where agencies are hurting

Media is where agencies are hurting

Why is revenue growth at some of the agency groups lagging forecasts for global ad expenditure?

Havas CFO: Health agencies did not perform 'very well' in H1 2017

Havas CFO: Health agencies did not perform 'very well' in H1 2017

The Havas Health & You agencies have reported some wins, however, including new business from Sanofi and Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Analysts on WPP: 'expected bad, got worse'

Analysts on WPP: 'expected bad, got worse'

Business analysts have generally agreed that WPP's half-year earnings fell below expectations given recent market commentary, but have offered mixed guidance going forward.

Sanofi adds WPP to creative roster in agency review

Sanofi adds WPP to creative roster in agency review

WPP was added to Sanofi's creative agency roster and GroupM's Mindshare is the drugmaker's new global media agency of record.

Accenture wants to be world's biggest 'experience agency of record'

Accenture wants to be world's biggest 'experience agency of record'

Accenture Interactive claims it is building the first global "experience agency of record" and that it can cater for the needs of brands better than traditional agency holding companies.

Lynn O'Connor Vos to leave ghg; Erin Byrne named CEO

Lynn O'Connor Vos to leave ghg; Erin Byrne named CEO

O'Connor Vos has served as CEO of the WPP Health & Wellness agency since 1994.

Neil Matheson leaves Huntsworth Health

Neil Matheson leaves Huntsworth Health

The CEO of Huntsworth's biggest and fastest-growing unit Huntsworth Health, which includes Nitrogen and Tonic Life, has departed after eight years.

U.K.-based Fishawack Group acquires Carling Group, to bolster U.S. presence

U.K.-based Fishawack Group acquires Carling Group, to bolster U.S. presence

The acquisition is meant to add creative expertise to the medical communications group.

Huntsworth buys health group TCEG for $28 million and signals U.S. ambition

Huntsworth buys health group TCEG for $28 million and signals U.S. ambition

TCG generated revenues of $29.6 million in 2016.

9 under the radar healthcare agencies to watch in 2017

9 under the radar healthcare agencies to watch in 2017

Here are nine agencies that are gaining traction in healthcare marketing.

MM&M's 2017 healthcare agency solar system

MM&M's 2017 healthcare agency solar system

Discover how M&A activity in 2016 and 2017 has reshaped North American healthcare agencies and the holding companies that own them.

The MM&M Agency Issue | The archives

The MM&M Agency Issue | The archives

Here you'll find the last four years of the MM&M Agency Issue.

Agencies embrace health, in bid to diversify beyond pharma

Agencies embrace health, in bid to diversify beyond pharma

Healthcare networks instigated a broad set of changes in a grand embrace of non-pharma business that diversified revenue streams and took specialist agencies out of their comfort zones.

The top 100 healthcare agencies, ranked by 2016 revenue

The top 100 healthcare agencies, ranked by 2016 revenue

Havas Health & You, WPP Health & Wellness, and Klick Health reported the highest revenue last year.

Questions for 5 of the healthcare agency world's top execs

Questions for 5 of the healthcare agency world's top execs

The CEOs of the industry's largest holding companies discuss how they're reasserting their businesses.

MM&M's 2017 Agency Issue

MM&M's 2017 Agency Issue

Read on for more about the top performing firms, the trends shaping the business, and the story behind each of the top 100 agencies.

LiquidHub acquires Eveo to form new health offering

LiquidHub acquires Eveo to form new health offering

The agency founded by Olivier Zitoun in 1999 has been snapped up as part of LiquidHub's push to offer multi-disciplinary capabilities.

JUICE vet Robert Palmer joins HCB Health as chief innovation officer

JUICE vet Robert Palmer joins HCB Health as chief innovation officer

Palmer spent seven years at JUICE and was a managing partner.

As sensitivities rise, the diversity officer's role expands

As sensitivities rise, the diversity officer's role expands

In the wake of high-profile brand flops, everyone from clients to creative teams seeks the counsel of experts.

Drummy passes the torch at Heartbeat, moves to chairman role

Drummy passes the torch at Heartbeat, moves to chairman role

Agency vets Nadine Leonard and James Talerico to co-lead Publicis-owned shop.

Havas combines Havas Health, Havas consumer health practices into new entity

Havas combines Havas Health, Havas consumer health practices into new entity

The organization is now called Havas Health & You and continues to be led by Donna Murphy.

Havas Health, Vencore form JV focused on rare diseases

Havas Health, Vencore form JV focused on rare diseases

The joint venture pairs a communication powerhouse with a provider of defense-department-grade predictive analytics.

Publicis Health formalizes new name, promotes 3 execs

Publicis Health formalizes new name, promotes 3 execs

The network was previously called Publicis Healthcare Communications Group.

Intouch Solutions and Healthware form joint venture

Intouch Solutions and Healthware form joint venture

The new venture aims to provide clients with global reach.

WPP to merge Ogilvy CommonHealth, ghg, Sudler, and CMI into new company

WPP to merge Ogilvy CommonHealth, ghg, Sudler, and CMI into new company

A WPP insider has been tapped as CEO of WPP Health & Wellness, and Ogilvy CommonHealth chairman/CEO Matt Giegerich is stepping down.

Mike Lazur, 2017 MAHF inductee, on his medical advertising destiny

Mike Lazur, 2017 MAHF inductee, on his medical advertising destiny

He played a leading role during Torre Lazur's glory era as "the launch agency." Now he is being inducted into the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame.

Ryan Abbate, 2017 MAHF inductee, sets the record straight

Ryan Abbate, 2017 MAHF inductee, sets the record straight

The founder of Pacific Communications shares the details of his career as he is inducted into the Medical Advertising Hall of Fame.

GCI Health plants its flag in Philadelphia

GCI Health plants its flag in Philadelphia

The firm is sharing space in the City of Brotherly Love with healthcare media shop CMI.

Tonic Life promotes Stephanie DeViteri to MD

Tonic Life promotes Stephanie DeViteri to MD

DeViteri started in the newly created role this month.

Ex-Guidemark CEO Matt Brown hangs out new shingle, Brand Mettle

Ex-Guidemark CEO Matt Brown hangs out new shingle, Brand Mettle

The new agency will focus on marketing goods and services to people 50 years of age and older.

Chandler Chicco cofounder launches network of healthcare comms firms

Chandler Chicco cofounder launches network of healthcare comms firms

Bob Chandler retired from his role as cofounder and principal of Chandler Chicco Companies and president of InVentiv Health Communications in 2014.

W2O Group acquires Sentient Interactive

W2O Group acquires Sentient Interactive

This is W2O Group's third acquisition since a private-equity firm took an investment in May.

Matt Brown leaves Guidemark Health after merger falls through

Matt Brown leaves Guidemark Health after merger falls through

The agency is owned by High Road Capital Partners. Sophy Regelous, the company's chief operating officer, will now lead the agency.

Huntsworth Health's ApotheCom partners with Continuum Clinical

Huntsworth Health's ApotheCom partners with Continuum Clinical

The partnership will span ApotheCom's offices around the world, including those in the U.S., U.K., and Asia.

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Five things for pharma marketers to know: Thursday, November 3, 2016

Sprout investors sue Valeant; FDA raises safety concerns for Cempra's experimental pneumonia drug; NHS gets approval to prescribe eribulin to breast cancer patients

Ketchum promotes McCarthy, hires new head of healthcare

Ketchum promotes McCarthy, hires new head of healthcare

Tom Jones joined Ketchum after serving as head of healthcare at Makovsky.

Guidemark Health merges with three companies to form new agency

Guidemark Health merges with three companies to form new agency

Guidemark Health, Bluespire, Bluespire Senior Living, and Ariad Communications will merge under a new entity.

Huntsworth Health promotes two to agency global CEOs

Huntsworth Health promotes two to agency global CEOs

The company promoted Maryellen Royle to global CEO of Tonic Life Communications and Jon Clark to global CEO of Nitrogen.

Concentric hires Robin Roberts as GM

Concentric hires Robin Roberts as GM

Roberts reports to Ken Begasse, founder and CEO of Concentric Health Experience.

BBDO picks up Neulasta; FCB gains Galderma and Sandoz work in the U.S.

BBDO picks up Neulasta; FCB gains Galderma and Sandoz work in the U.S.

Agency networks such as BBDO, Saatchi & Saatchi, and FCB reported key pharma account wins in August, according to R3.

Uber partners with startup to take patients to the doctor

Uber partners with startup to take patients to the doctor

A 2005 study estimated that 3.6 million people do not receive nonemergency medical care because they don't have access to transportation.

McCann Health forms new global consultancy

McCann Health forms new global consultancy

The consultancy includes Double Helix, which was acquired by McCann in 2012.

W2O acquires Pure Communications, plans to create new health and tech agency

W2O acquires Pure Communications, plans to create new health and tech agency

Pure Communications CEO Andrea Johnston will lead the combined agency.

Expect healthcare agencies to make more digital acquisitions: report

Expect healthcare agencies to make more digital acquisitions: report

Mergers and acquisitions targeting digital and data capabilities increased 60% to $1 billion in the first half of 2016.

W2O faces gender discrimination suit from former staffer

W2O faces gender discrimination suit from former staffer

Lynn Fox is suing W2O. She was laid off in March, seven months after the agency network bought her San Francisco-based boutique, Fox Communications.

Kevin Roberts resigns from Saatchi & Saatchi after gender diversity controversy

Kevin Roberts resigns from Saatchi & Saatchi after gender diversity controversy

He resigned as Saatchi & Saatchi's executive chairman following his controversial remarks over gender diversity.

W2O names Gillespie chief strategy officer of medtech practice

W2O names Gillespie chief strategy officer of medtech practice

She will be responsible for the medical device practice's strategy and operations across all W2O Group agencies.

Huntsworth Health revenue rose 18% in the first half of 2016

Huntsworth Health revenue rose 18% in the first half of 2016

Red, a Huntsworth agency, also counted Sanofi as a new client.

GSK Consumer Healthcare to prioritize digital after agency review

GSK Consumer Healthcare to prioritize digital after agency review

Now that it has consolidated its global agency roster, GSK Consumer Healthcare aims to increase digital marketing efforts.

Why competing agencies are joining forces to give parents more time off

Why competing agencies are joining forces to give parents more time off

Twenty shops, including Co:Collective, Wolff Olins, and 72andSunny, have signed onto the Pledge Parental Leave coalition since March.

Arnold's Gary Scheiner to lead creative at ghg

Arnold's Gary Scheiner to lead creative at ghg

Scheiner has held jobs in and out of healthcare over the course of his career.

Prounis describes her decision to sell Flashpoint stake as personal

Prounis describes her decision to sell Flashpoint stake as personal

Prounis sold her stake in Flashpoint to Omnicom, which is merging the agency with four other shops to create DDB Health.

Cancer detection tool among projects chosen for Publicis90 initiative

Cancer detection tool among projects chosen for Publicis90 initiative

U.S. companies accounted for nearly a quarter of the startups funded to celebrate Publicis' 90th anniversary.

3 questions for 5 of the agency world's leading executives

3 questions for 5 of the agency world's leading executives

Five executives from the industry's largest holding companies discuss their move away from the traditional network structure.

How the healthcare agency solar system evolved this year

How the healthcare agency solar system evolved this year

A number of mergers and acquisitions among healthcare agencies in 2015 and 2016 changed the landscape.

Revenues surge as agencies adapt to health-tech, payer trends

Revenues surge as agencies adapt to health-tech, payer trends

Healthcare agencies focus on freeing pharma brands from their collaboration cocoons to work with health tech companies, while squaring away access concerns.

The top 100 healthcare agencies, ranked by 2015 revenue

The top 100 healthcare agencies, ranked by 2015 revenue

Ogilvy CommonHealth Worldwide, FCB Health, and McCann Health North America are North America's biggest healthcare agencies, based on 2015 revenue.

Hotwire launches global health tech practice for predicted $43bn market

Hotwire launches global health tech practice for predicted $43bn market

Global tech PR agency Hotwire has launched a global health tech practice, overseen from London by group chief development officer Andy West.

At Work With: Kantar Health's Tom Haskell

At Work With: Kantar Health's Tom Haskell

The co-founder of Mapquest.com talks about his move from online mapping to healthcare, and what he likes most meeting with clients.

Omnicom merges AgencyRx, Flashpoint and three other agencies to form DDB Health

Omnicom merges AgencyRx, Flashpoint and three other agencies to form DDB Health

The new healthcare network combines several US and European professional agencies, Omnicom said.

Razorfish Health names new managing director

Razorfish Health names new managing director

David Paragamian, previously of Huntsworth Health, is the new managing director of Razorfish Health.

Ruder Finn hires Sally Barton to lead U.S. healthcare, creates new role for Susan Goldstein

Ruder Finn hires Sally Barton to lead U.S. healthcare, creates new role for Susan Goldstein

The agency has hired Sally Barton as head of the U.S. healthcare practice/

FleishmanHillard veteran Betsy Neville launches healthcare shop Hippos

FleishmanHillard veteran Betsy Neville launches healthcare shop Hippos

Betsy Neville, former senior partner and leader of the reputation management practice for the Americas at FleishmanHillard, has launched her own healthcare communications agency.

Concentric promotes three as managing partner departs

Concentric promotes three as managing partner departs

The healthcare agency promoted three executives to SVP and said a search for a new president is underway.

Klick opens NY office with slew of agency 'rock stars'

Klick opens NY office with slew of agency 'rock stars'

New creative, account planning, and payer access talent lays groundwork for agency's first formal ex-Canada office.

Sudler NY reorganizes, promotes 6 to EVP

Sudler NY reorganizes, promotes 6 to EVP

The agency underwent a reorganization just months after its parent company, Sudler & Hennessey, did the same.

W2O sells stake to private-equity firm

W2O sells stake to private-equity firm

The agency network said the private equity firm won't be involved in its day-to-day operations, but it will help its growth strategy.

Omnicom PR Group acquires healthcare shop Rabin Martin

Omnicom PR Group acquires healthcare shop Rabin Martin

It is the group's first acquisition since it was assembled in February under CEO Karen van Bergen.

An emotional bond with patients is key, says Elemental Machines' Iyengar

An emotional bond with patients is key, says Elemental Machines' Iyengar

At the MM&M Transforming Healthcare conference, Iyengar told attendees how to take into account a consumer's behavior and emotion when marketing medical products.

Omnicom to acquire BioPharm Communications

Omnicom to acquire BioPharm Communications

Omnicom recently reorganized its health agencies under the Omnicom Health Group umbrella.

Time is running out: Fill in MM&M's Agency questionnaire

Time is running out: Fill in MM&M's Agency questionnaire

Did your agency report record growth in 2015? Tell us why when you fill out the A-to-Z questionnaire for MM&M's upcoming agency issue. The deadline is Friday.

2016 Pharma Report: All the data in one place

2016 Pharma Report: All the data in one place

Learn more about the top therapeutic categories by sales, top companies by revenue, top drugs by sales, and more.

10. Sanofi

The big news: Sanofi and its partner Regeneron received approval for the first PCSK9 inhibitor to come to market in the U.S.: Praluent. But Praluent's sales to date haven't awed analysts.

Post Pfizer, Allergan faces the future

Post Pfizer, Allergan faces the future

Mere days after the Pfizer deal collapsed, top Allergan executives had nary an air of regret about them.

Publicis Healthcare names Jarecke-Cheng global comms chief

Publicis Healthcare names Jarecke-Cheng global comms chief

Publicis Healthcare Communications Group has hired Kipp Jarecke-Cheng as global chief communications officer.

FCB agency veteran, Renée Wills, joins Kinch

FCB agency veteran, Renée Wills, joins Kinch

After six years as president of Trio, Renée Wills has joined newly formed agency Kinch.

Intouch Solutions' Weissberg on the rising payer voice

Intouch Solutions' Weissberg on the rising payer voice

The group director of Intouch Solutions' newly launched market access business is betting that the payer will gain in influence.

At Work With: Cello Health's Jon Bircher

At Work With: Cello Health's Jon Bircher

"I continue to look for ways to stretch myself or ways I can get involved or influence the business," said the new CCO of Cello Health.

Omnicom merges Corbett, LLNS into TBWA/ WorldHealth brand

Omnicom merges Corbett, LLNS into TBWA/ WorldHealth brand

LLNS CEO Sharon Callahan has been named CEO of TBWA/WorldHealth, which is based in New York.

Infographic: Better promotion of clinical trials

Infographic: Better promotion of clinical trials

Companies spend $2 billion per year recruiting patients for clinical trials. A survey of 702 adults, conducted from December 2015 to January 2016, points to a need for more awareness.

LehmanMillet becomes Precisioneffect following acquisition

LehmanMillet becomes Precisioneffect following acquisition

The Boston-based agency was acquired by Precision Medicine Group in May.

W2O, Lagrant Foundation team up on healthcare diversity push

W2O, Lagrant Foundation team up on healthcare diversity push

The healthcare-focused agency network is committed to spending $50,000 over three years to the Future Leaders in Healthcare Fellowship Program.

WPP acquires CMI, retains minority stake in Compas

WPP acquires CMI, retains minority stake in Compas

WPP's acquisition of CMI, a significant player in the healthcare media-planning space, will likely bolster the services it provides to pharma clients.

Giant hires new Philadelphia GM and creative director

Giant hires new Philadelphia GM and creative director

Giant appointed Ben Mallory, who has held creative leadership roles at AstraZeneca, as its new executive creative director.

Sudler & Hennessey acquires West Coast digital marketing firm

Sudler & Hennessey acquires West Coast digital marketing firm

Viscira, a digital marketing agency, works with GlaxoSmithKline, Merck, and Genentech, among other life-sciences companies.

Facebook's Everson: Agencies lagging on mobile creative

Facebook's Everson: Agencies lagging on mobile creative

Facebook has found that 43% of people who watch the first three seconds of a video will stay for 10 seconds. To create engagement, agencies need to rethink the creative approach.

Giant's McCasland on chasing novelty

Giant's McCasland on chasing novelty

McCasland has witnessed the agency's evolution from a small startup to a 150-strong team with offices in San Francisco and Philadelphia.

Palio consolidates, closes two offices

Palio consolidates, closes two offices

The agency plans to collaborate more with the rest of its network, inVentiv Health.

At Work With: McCann Health North America's Tammy Fischer

At Work With: McCann Health North America's Tammy Fischer

"Nothing is as powerful as when you see the courage on a patient's face, completely unknown to you, with the will and determination to fight a disease," said the chief growth officer of McCann Health North America.

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: AbelsonTaylor

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: AbelsonTaylor

In 1981 we started an agency because we wanted to chart our own course. Thirty-five years later we have become the largest independent healthcare agency of record in the world.

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: Rx Edge

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: Rx Edge

Since our inception, in 2000, pharmaceutical marketers have counted on Rx EDGE to help them acquire and educate new patients while increasing brand awareness.

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: Clinical Mind

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: Clinical Mind

ClinicalMind is a full-service medical communications company with extensive experience in specialty therapeutic areas.

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: Skipta

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: Skipta

Skipta is the leading social network of specialized online medical communities for verified healthcare professionals.

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: HealthLink Dimensions

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: HealthLink Dimensions

HealthLink Dimensions provides healthcare data solutions to healthcare and life-science organizations to improve master data management, compliance, and marketing initiatives.

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: 4INFO

Omnichannel Marketing 2016: 4INFO

4INFO offers a mobile-first ad tech platform that enables national pharma brand advertisers to target audiences across mobile devices and desktops precisely and then measure the success of those campaigns.

Sudler & Hennessey creates science and learning focus

Sudler & Hennessey creates science and learning focus

Sudler & Hennessey is reorganizing the ways its businesses report to its dual CEOs.

Hill+Knowlton Strategies taps new U.S. health practice lead

Hill+Knowlton Strategies taps new U.S. health practice lead

The agency brought on Penny Mitchell to lead its U.S. health practice.

Omnicom formalizes health group led by CDM's Wise

Omnicom formalizes health group led by CDM's Wise

The division, dubbed Omnicom Health Group, claims to serve 70% of the top 100 pharma brands.

Eastwick launches new health tech practice

Eastwick launches new health tech practice

Eastwick has launched a healthcare technology practice and announced a partnership with Launchpad Digital Health.

Havas Health partners with data firm to find rare disease patients

Havas Health partners with data firm to find rare disease patients

The agency announced a partnership with Vencore Health Analytics to help pair rare disease patients with drugmakers.