OPEN Health has announced the acquisition of North West UK-based medical communications agency Spirit.
A statement from OPEN Health stated that integrating the Spirit business with the OPEN Health Group will strengthen global resources and offer a broad range of services, including high-quality scientific communications.
In terms of scale, the acquisition means OPEN Health will now consist of more than 850 people in 15 locations across 6 different countries including the USA, UK, The Netherlands, Germany, India and China.
The merger enhances and supports OPEN Health’s positioning – deep, broad, and united:
- Deep in that the acquisition will further enhance the deep levels of scientific knowledge and expertise and the global understanding our teams have, to ensure we can deliver innovative, market-leading solutions for our clients
- Broad in terms of the ability to offer HEOR and Medical Affairs clients a truly comprehensive breadth of expertise across many Centres of Excellence, to identify and address evidence gaps, and deliver world-class communications across a wide range of media
- United as one flexible organisation, with a highly skilled and diverse team working together across the globe to harness the power of the collective to solve complex challenges and deliver truly innovative and best-in-class solutions to our clients. Strong interpersonal and cultural fit are the underpinnings of the business integration, with shared values around collaboration and intellectual curiosity.
Iona Fleming, Managing Director of Spirit said, “Over the past 15 years, we have proudly grown Spirit to an 80-person Medical Affairs agency – delivering a broad range of scientific communications globally. In joining OPEN Health, we are significantly expanding our geographical reach and will be able to provide a wider range of integrated services to our Medical Affairs and HEOR clients. We very much look forward to working with the OPEN Health management and Amulet teams to contribute to the long-term growth of OPEN Health.”
Rob Barker, Chief Executive Officer at OPEN Health comments, “We are delighted to welcome Spirit into the OPEN Health family – this is a strategic acquisition that will enhance our global Medical Affairs resources, further supporting our unique range of offerings and opportunities for innovation to support industry change and growth.”