UDG Healthcare acquire Create NYC and SmartAnalyst

UDG Healthcare plc, an international healthcare services provider, is pleased to announce the acquisition of Create NYC, a New York-based disruptive creative communications agency and SmartAnalyst, a New York-based strategic commercialisation consulting and analytics business, for a combined consideration of up to $82.4 million. Both companies are dedicated to the healthcare market.

Create NYC is a New York-based healthcare creative communications agency, offering the tactical execution of sales and marketing materials for its international pharmaceutical clients. The core value proposition of Create NYC’s on-demand model means it can deliver its service with a quick response time and at a competitive price. The company utilises a qualified hub of outsourced resources to deliver its high quality creative work. The business will become part of Ashfield Communications.

The acquisition of Create NYC is in line with Ashfield’s strategy to expand into areas of differentiated but aligned adjacencies to its core scientific communication capabilities. For Create NYC, Ashfield provides the opportunity to diversify its client base and expand internationally.

SmartAnalyst is a US-based strategic consulting and analytics business focused on the pharmaceutical and biotech sector. The company was founded in 2001 and has 135 employees based across operations in New York, London and Gurgaon, India. SmartAnalyst provides strategic consulting services to pharmaceutical and biotech companies to support disease, asset, and portfolio level decisions. SmartAnalyst also provides Health Economics and Outcomes Research (HEOR) services, which uses evidence based data and analytics to demonstrate the value of products and to support market access and reimbursement with payors.

Commenting on the announcement, Brendan McAtamney, CEO of UDG Healthcare plc, said:
“We are delighted to announce these two acquisitions, which further expand the services we offer our healthcare clients. Create NYC adds innovative, creative services within Ashfield Communications and SmartAnalyst expands Ashfield’s advisory pillar. Both transactions meet all of UDG’s acquisition criteria – they are a good strategic and cultural fit; meet our target financial hurdle rates; and involves an expansion of our current capabilities.”