LaVoieHealthScience launches its Emerging Health Convergence Practice, which focuses on clients in drug development and screening, digital therapeutics, customized treatments and intervention, decision support, prevention, and early disease detection. The new practice offers integrated investor and public relations strategy and execution as well as digital communications solutions designed to assist companies that are dedicated to innovating and thriving amid current market uncertainty. It will employ a different services model than the current LHS Health Commercial Practice which works with companies and brands that are preparing for commercial launch, FDA approval, and beyond. Companies well suited for The LHS Emerging Health Convergence Practice are pre-revenue, venture-backed, or small cap public companies in early clinical development up to Phase 2 or equivalent. “We recognize the need to provide a unique set of services to companies focused on the future of biopharma and medtech that are right-sized to fit these companies’ unique communications needs in the current market,” said LaVoieHealthScience president and CEO Donna LaVoie.


Precision Value & Health, which provides complementary, integrated and specialized capabilities across the commercialization continuum, acquires Makara Health, a UK-based international healthcare communications agency. Makara will become part of the Precision Value & Health team, working closely with PRECISIONscientia, an agency dedicated to delivering medical and scientific communications that interpret and translate the science of medicine. Founded in 2013, Makara has capabilities in learning and development, medical and patient education, PR and brand promotion. The acquisition is intended to expand Precision's European footprint and reinforce the company's market growth position with its core capabilities in Europe. "Ensuring scientific rigor and accuracy for those responsible for the care of patients is a business imperative for Precision and Makara's proven track record beautifully complements our offerings," said Precision Value & Health president Doug Fulling.

Jason Mudd
Jason Mudd

Axia Public Relations CEO Jason Mudd is named best PR leader in North America by the World Communications Forum Association in Davos, Switzerland. The WCFA also recognized the top communications experts in Africa, Asia-Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and South America. Mudd, who founded Axia in 2002, is an adviser and strategist for such brands as American Airlines, Budweiser, Dave & Buster’s, and H&R Block. WCFA is a global, professional organization of communications experts, including practitioners, top CEOs and managers, universities, institutions, and students. Cision and O'Dwyer's sponsored the WCFA event.