London, 16th October 2012: pH Associates (pH) announced today that it is to join OPEN Health Communications (OHC). pH, the market leading ‘Real World Data’ (RWD) and ‘Market Access’ consultancy, will bolster the current market access practices of both Harvey Walsh and Succinct Market Access within OPEN Health. There will be no changes to existing pH services and all contracts will remain in place.
Marlow-based pH was founded in 1999, and has since grown to become leading RWD experts under the leadership team of Kate Peperell and Lesley Howell, who are regarded as significant thought leaders in the area. Current pharmaceutical clients include Abbott, Janssen Cilag, Novartis and Sanofi-Aventis. In addition, pH also work with NHS and academic clients, including a number of Medical Royal Colleges.
The pH leadership team will form a new executive board alongside OPEN Health’s David Rowley, Sandy Royden and Roger Selman. The current senior management team and structure will remain unchanged.
Market Access strategies for new healthcare innovations have changed dramatically over recent years to accommodate the current climate. There is wide acceptance that data is at the heart of successful Market Access . In recent months, OPEN Health have acquired the two best-in-class RWD consultancies: Harvey Walsh in terms of healthcare intelligence capabilities and expertise with the UK’s world-leading existing healthcare data, and pH Associates in terms of their consultancy, generation of data and conversion of data into insights, to drive a change in practice and secure successful market access.
Sandy Royden, Founding Partner, OPEN Health: “The pH Associates brand is synonymous with excellence and leadership in the Real World Data and Market Access arena, and we are delighted to have them on board. We see many synergies across both our current market access practices, but also our wider range of services.”
Kate Peperell, Joint Managing Director of pH Associates: “We are very excited to be joining the OPEN Health family. There has been a paradigm shift in the acceptance and demand for data throughout the product lifecycle. The NHS need data converting to insight and also the practical tools to help drive change. The partnership with OPEN will allow us to continue to meet the ever increasing demand for data and also bring tremendous value to our clients through the wider market access offering. ”
OPEN Health is a joint venture with global communications group Chime Communications PLC. Chime is an international communications and sports marketing group, including CSM Sport and Entertainment, the VCCP Partnership in advertising, the Good Relations Group in public relations, OPEN Health in healthcare communications, Teamspirit a specialist in financial and professional services, and CIE, an insight and engagement agency.
Chime comprises four divisions, 51 companies and over 1,500 people. They have offices in the UK, France, Germany, Spain, Czech Republic, Russia, USA, Canada, Abu Dhabi, Qatar, South Africa, Japan, Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand.