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Highly Commended

Faslodex Revitalisation

by AstraZeneca
with support from Strategic North

Summary of work

Strategic North was commissioned to partner with AZ to revitalise an established breast cancer brand, Faslodex, to drive growth through to 2021. The project saw development of a compelling positioning, focused brand strategy and messaging framework to enable disciplined implementation.

The positioning methodology focused on the identification of ‘WHO’ (patients who will benefit most from Faslodex), ‘WHEN’ (in the treatment pathway are they treated) and ‘WHY’ Faslodex should be chosen for this patient at this point in the treatment pathway:

  • Critical research was completed ensuring the change in direction for Faslodex was underpinned by deep customer insight. Understanding subconscious and conscious decision ‘cues’ driving prescribing was a vital first step.
  • An actionable patient segmentation was defined, which was enriched and pressure-tested with customers. In parallel, a thorough competitor assessment was undertaken to understand the landscape and identify the potential opportunity spaces Faslodex could own.
  • Target patient populations were prioritised based on where Faslodex could win by offering value that competitors could not match.
  • These inputs acted as the catalyst for positioning development, which was undertaken with oncologists.

The brand repositioning was implemented successfully and has led to a volume growth turnaround from -2% (2013) to +10% (2014 & 2015 H1).

Judges' comments

This entry showed a clearly laid out innovative process. They increased awareness of Faslodex’s significant benefits and turned perceptions around.


Highly commended

Faslodex Revitalisation - by AstraZeneca
with support from Strategic North

Key dates

Entry deadline 26 August 2021
Extended entry deadline 2 September 2021*
*additional fee applies
Judging Day 1 October 2021
Company of the Year Interviews 22 October 2021
PMEA Event 24 November 2021