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PMGroup are very grateful to the following sponsors for their support of the 2019 PMEA Awards programme.


Sponsor of: Excellence in Collaboration and Partnerships

Aurora is a strategic healthcare communications agency on a mission to improve lives; for clients, patients, their families and support networks.

We work in collaboration with all healthcare companies at every step of the way – from recruiting for clinical trials, to genuine patient engagement, to corporate counsel and creative communications campaigns.

In our evidence-based industry, it’s vital to prove the impact of our co-created medical and patient campaigns. That’s why we use Acumen, our proprietary measurement framework, ensuring a clear line of sight from insights to outcomes. When we can show how our partnerships are improving lives, our mission is complete.

Brandcast Health

Sponsor of: Excellence in Innovation

Medical Communications is changing.  Brandcast Health is at the forefront of developing insight-led, strategic, and digitally integrated creative, marketing, and education campaigns. Our approach ensures that our clients reach their audiences with the content they need, when they need it, and in formats that are accessible and engaging.  We are an agile agency offering in-house communications strategy, medical writing, design, digital asset development, as well as video and animation services. Our multi-skilled, integrated team allows us to be faster and more efficient than other agencies.


Sponsor of: Award for Patient-Centricity

Frontera Group is a diversified services group.

We believe that a better understanding of the patient experience (and the factors driving it) are necessary to achieve brand or corporate differentiation.

Our group of services immerse you in the world of the patient, so that:

* Your strategies are driven by the people you treat

* The patient voice can be heard loud and clear throughout your communication

* Your mobile health solutions yield better outcomes

From COPD to leukaemia, rheumatology to rare diseases, our innovative products help put the patient perspective at the heart of your approach.

So whether you’re looking for insight and strategy, a communications programme, or the development of mobile health technology, we have a team within the Frontera Group that is ready to embrace your challenge, and become a true partner in patient centricity.

Havas Life Medcom

Sponsor of: Excellence in Capability Development

Building successful healthcare brands has never been harder: there’s more competition, more noise, and more pressure on healthcare professionals to deliver better care in less time. The result is that brands have never had such a low share of voice and 50% of new medicines fail to meet their launch expectations. We’re built to help brands succeed in today’s environment – built to create meaningful connections with doctors at an unprecedented scale. We blend marketing, medical science and creativity to create compelling and behaviour-changing communications. But what really sets us apart is our expertise on the platforms and content that health professionals use to inform themselves about clinical practice. We know what they want to see, where, and in which formats, which gives the brands we work with a huge advantage.

We don’t just believe we can make brands more effective, we have the data to demonstrate it.

And as a Havas agency, we are part of a network of 40,000 people around the world. This means faster delivery, greater efficiency and consistency, and, most importantly, access to more expert brains who blend together to help achieve better outcomes.

So, what’s next? In our quest to become even better, we’re always looking for brilliant people to hire and wonderful clients to work alongside.


Sponsor of: Excellence in Building Corporate Reputation and Trust

IQVIA (NYSE:IQV) is a leading global provider of information, innovative technology solutions and contract research services dedicated to using analytics and science to help healthcare stakeholders find better solutions for their patients. Solutions are powered by the IQVIA CORE™, which combines big data, advanced technology, analytics and extensive industry knowledge. Formed through the merger of IMS Health and Quintiles, IQVIA has approximately 55,000 employees worldwide. Learn more at

Lucid Group

Sponsor of: The Lucid Group Award for Company of the Year

Bring your dreams, ambition and talent. We supply the magic.

We are a global family of healthcare communication companies who bring magic to our clients, programmes and our Lucid teams. Our purpose is clear — To enhance patients’ lives through communication that changes behaviour and improves patient outcomes.

We are pioneers in the health world. We were the first to incorporate health psychology and behaviour change principles into medical education. We were the first to demonstrate healthcare professional behaviour change and its impact on patient outcomes.

We have a talent for working together to build the best. To forge relationships that help transform the lives of those we touch. By harnessing the dreams, ambitions and talent of those we work with, we create exceptional programmes that stand out and really impact patient outcomes. And our service ethic is second to none. If you can dream it, we can achieve it.

Our goal is clear — To transform lives. Always.

And we spread our magic across the globe, with offices in Buckinghamshire, Macclesfield, London and New York City, US.

Makara Health

Sponsor of: Excellence in Patient Education and Support

Makara is a healthcare brand, communications and training agency utilising its agile working structure to employ senior talent who deliver tailored programmes and solutions.

We strive to create inspiring thinking that changes minds by asking one simple question, ‘what if?’ This allows us to explore possibilities that might otherwise be missed.

Our company model is a result of ‘what if?’ thinking. Agility is built into Makara’s DNA. Our accomplished support team in our Salisbury office provides a coordinating function that enables account-handling staff and medical writers to work from a location of choice. Full time, part-time, remote, in-office, and hub working are all possibilities.  As a result, we employ and provide senior talent from across the UK and beyond.

A company of bright, motivated self-starters, our clients have daily access to a senior team providing a strategic dimension to tactical delivery. Our networked structure also means we can develop the right team for the project, offering integrated programmes combining elements of brand, PR, training, and medical education. We fit the team to the brief, offering bespoke solutions.

Makara was created to be an inspiring company to work with and within; what if we were given the opportunity to inspire you?

McCann Health

Sponsor of: Excellence in Pharma Brand Management (New for 2019)

At McCann Health Medical Communications, we are a global team comprising more than 500 experts, innovators and trailblazers in our field. We are passionate about living our shared vision of helping our clients and their products make a meaningful difference to people’s lives through all that we do.

With offices across the UK and the US and a heritage spanning over 25 years, our group of distinct full service global agencies, Caudex, Complete HealthVizion, CMC Connect and CMC Affinity, as well as our specialist group, Regulatory, together make us a part of the world’s most connected community of healthcare experts, McCann Health.

The stories we tell are deeply founded in science. It’s what drives us and what connects us with our clients and their brands, our people and the wider community.

We are extremely proud of our culture, our commitment to our people and our values – Be authentic, Be optimistic, Be original. We care about our people and this is what attracts the best people to us and enables our team to grow and develop careers with us.

Our purpose is to work relentlessly, to push boundaries through our work with clients and in the community, making a meaningful difference to people’s lives.

To find out more, please contact us at

OPEN Health

Sponsor of: Excellence in Rare Diseases and Orphan Drugs

OPEN Health is a family of expert practices, working in partnership to drive positive change in evidence, healthcare communications and market access.

The agency has three core practices – Medical Communications, Patient & Brand Communications, and VIE (Value, Informatics & Evidence).

We are one of the most diversely skilled independent health communications groups on the planet. With 700+ talented people covering multiple disciplines in 6 countries, we’re a global business with a local attitude.

Our expertise spans the product lifecycle from pre-launch to post-patent expiry with capabilities at strategic and operational levels.

Powered by a multi-disciplinary approach we deliver patient-centred communications that inspire.

Learn more about what we can do for you at


Sponsor of: Excellence in Managing Established Products

Takeda Pharmaceutical Company Limited is headquartered in Japan and is a global, values-based, R&D-driven biopharmaceutical leader committed to translating science into highly-innovative medicines. Takeda focuses its R&D efforts on four therapeutic areas: Oncology, Gastroenterology (GI), Neuroscience and Rare Diseases. We also make targeted R&D investments in Plasma-Derived Therapies and Vaccines. We are focusing on developing highly innovative medicines that contribute to making a difference in people's lives by advancing the frontier of new treatment options and leveraging our enhanced collaborative R&D engine and capabilities to create a robust pipeline. Our employees are committed to improving quality of life for patients and to working with our partners in health care in approximately 80 countries and regions.

Additional information about Takeda UK Ltd. is available through its corporate website,

Uptake Strategies Ltd.

Sponsor of: Excellence in Product Introductions

‘Uptake Strategies offers award-winning, industry leading consultancy to global healthcare companies across planning, capability and launch. We specialize in inspiring and challenging global healthcare companies to drive their brand performance.

Our experience with global pharma, biotech and consumer healthcare companies across a range of disease areas and categories in the US, Europe, LatAM and Asia has enabled us to deliver practical, innovative, industry-leading consultancy support. We strive to inspire our clients with confidence and to help improve their brands’ competitive advantage.

We were founded in 2005 by Managing Director, Stephanie Hall, to create a completely different kind of healthcare consultancy. We bring together senior industry professionals from the world’s top pharmaceutical companies with practical experience, a real passion for the industry and a deep sense of professional integrity and patient centricity.

Our practical industry experience in planning, capability and launch has allowed us to build a suite of services and expertise which can be customised to each project, client and healthcare market. As an independent healthcare consultancy we don’t impose a particular way of working or tools, instead we flex to each unique company culture, existing platforms and resources to adapt, enhance and embed for measurable business impact.’


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To find out about sponsorship opportunities at this year’s awards, contact Tara Lovegrove on +44 (0)1372 414242, or email


Key dates

Entry deadline 29 August 2019
Extended entry deadline 5 September 2019*
*additional fee applies
Judging day 26 September 2019
Company/Team Interviews 9 October 2019
PMEA Event 27 November 2019