Slowey McManus Communications acquires Emerging BioCommunications, a firm specializing in life sciences companies and organizations. The acquisition adds several early and clinical-stage life science firms to SMC's roster of clients. Emerging BioCommunications founder Jeff Krasner will join SMC as a senior vice president and serve as head of its Life Sciences Communications Group. "Bringing Jeff and Emerging BioCommunications into our firm will continue to propel the extraordinary growth we've experienced over the past several years and will greatly expand our services in life sciences and healthcare," said SMC co-founder and principal founder Dominic Slowey.
Stagwell picks up Goodstuff, a media planning and buying agency based in London. This is the first full acquisition since the combination of Stagwell and MDC partners in August 2021. The company will maintain operations under the Goodstuff brand and continue to be led by co-founders Andrew Stephens and Ben Hayes. Its employees will join the Stagwell Media Network. "What attracted us to the agency were their world-class leadership and unwavering focus on people, culture, and the work," said James Townsend, Global CEO of both Stagwell Media Network and the network's flagship media agency, Assembly.
Symphony Technology Group completes its acquisition of Kantar's Reputation Intelligence business. STG has also purchased UK-based media relations and workflow management platform PRgloo as well as AI technology and data science company Onclusive. The three units will be merged into one media monitoring firm that will operate under the Onclusive name. "Last year STG made clear its intention to create a market-leading insights and software company through the proposed acquisition of Kantar Reputation Intelligence. Completing that acquisition is a major first step. The additional capabilities brought by Onclusive and PRgloo widen the scope of our commitment to providing best-in-class solutions for PR and communications teams," said STF managing director J.T. Treadwell.