inVentiv adds MedCom offices
inVentiv Health has announced that its medical communications business has opened two new offices in Tokyo and New York, creating what network leaders call the industry’s largest global network of experts in peer-to-peer medical and scientific communications.
In opening the two new offices, inVentiv Medical Communications expands its existing team of 180 scientists, writers, communications experts, and Ph.D.’s in offices across North America, Europe, and Asia. iMC has been expanding its global footprint in response to client demand for its expertise, and already has offices in London, Munich, Paris, Shanghai, Dallas, and the Philadelphia area.
Nearly all inVentiv Medical Communications personnel hold Ph.D.’s or other advanced degrees. The team includes oncologists, hematologists, neuroscientists, biologists, pharmacists, medical writers, program managers, strategists, and specialists in market access.
“With this level of expertise, we are able to help clients influence change within clinical and payer audiences,” says Elaine Ferguson, global managing director of iMC. “Now, with these new offices, we are everywhere our clients need us to be, providing scientific rigor and value- based communications solutions that are the best in the business.”
The new staff members in New York City were formerly part of Noveida Health. John LaPolla, who will lead the New York team, holds degrees in microbiology from Cornell University and in biochemistry from Mount Sinai Medical Center. For 14 years, Mr. LaPolla has specialized in oncology and chronic pain, as well as cardiometabolic and psychiatric disorders. He has also worked in market access and developed technology platforms for some of the world’s largest pharmaceutical companies, as well as for biotech startups.
In Tokyo, iMC will be led by Aya Tokaji as director of scientific services. The Tokyo team will work alongside iMC’s China office which won a contract in July to provide a global pharmaceutical client with assistance in understanding China’s oncology landscape and support at an upcoming medical meeting on oncology.
“At inVentiv, medical communications isn’t an afterthought as it is at other communications firms. Rather, it is absolutely integral, a core capability and built into everything we do,” Ferguson says. “For companies wanting to accelerate time to market, the sophisticated medical communications we can provide has become mission critical.”
Posted: August 2013