Carin Canale

UDG Healthcare has acquired San Diego-based agency Canale Communications.

Canale will join the Ashfield Healthcare Communications network. The agency specializes in corporate communications, creative services, public relations and investor relations for life sciences companies.

The agency will add about 30 staff to Ashfield. Canale was founded in 2010 and works with pharma, biotech, medical device and digital health clients like Johnson & Johnson.

Earlier this year, UDG also acquired London-based healthcare policy and public affairs agency Incisive Health for about $17 million. The company also bought Putnam Associates, a U.S.-based healthcare management consultancy, for $88 million in May.