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Communiqué Awards 2009: Full coverage

The annual Communiqué Awards took place on July 9 at London's Grosvenor House hotel. The Winners in Pictures are now available 

Rory Bremner at the 2009 Communiqué AwardsThe annual Communiqué Awards, recognising best practice in PR and medical education, took place on Thursday July 9 at London's Grosvenor House hotel.

Organised by PMGroup, publisher of the leading industry magazines Pharmaceutical Marketing, Pharmaceutical Marketing Europe and Communiqué, the Communiqué Awards continue to attract a high calibre of campaigns and initiatives with almost 300 entries received this year.

In his opening speech, Mark Savage, MD of PMGroup, said that as momentum builds within the industry for a new relationship with stakeholders, and the economic storm clouds remain dark, it is more important then ever that we continue to recognise and demonstrate publicly the value that effective communication delivers.

This year's judging panel of experienced and senior personnel from industry marketing and PR departments, PR consultancies, medical education and communication agencies and industry freelancers was lead by a new chair, Colette Goldrick, head of international and public affairs and policy, Europe at Pfizer.

After entertaining the audience of over 1,000 pharmaceutical industry and service professionals with a selection of his topical impressions, comedian Rory Bremner presented this year's awards.

"Our track record of success at Communiqué has really helped attract new clients and recruits alike", Mike Birtwistle, MD Health Mandate.

Dr Nicola Duckworth, Watermeadow Medical: "We are thrilled to have won this award and delighted that our achievements have been recognised".

Communiquétor of the Year was awarded to Andrew Topen from Pfizer. Those who nominated him described him as "a worthy winner of this award" and "one of the best this industry has yet seen – quite simply an excellent communicator".

Pfizer's groundbreaking and insightful campaign leading the fight against counterfeit medicines won it four Communiqué Awards, with wins in: Campaign of the Year, Best Use of Surveys or Data, Best Patient or Public Campaign and Best Corporate PR Campaign. In addition, Pfizer won Best Product Life Cycle Campaign for their work on Lipitor, the cholesterol-lowering medication.

Martin Ellis from Medicom Group won this year's Lifetime Achievement Award. Votes for Martin quoting his passion, energy and commitment flooded in. One nominator summed it up as: "He really 'gets' healthcare – that's truly rare".

The trophy for Medical Education Consultancy of the Year went to Watermeadow Medical. The judges described them as "truly impressive", saying: "they show professionalism, flexibility and an ability to stay cool under pressure". "We are thrilled to have won this award and delighted that our achievements have been recognised: this is further reassurance for our clients that they are working with the best people in the business", said Dr Nicola Duckworth, director of client services.

Described by the judges as "a company that stays nimble, flexible, never fails on quality and never says die!", Virgo HEALTH took the award for PR Consultancy of the Year.

Winning the Best Opinion Leader/ Advocacy Development and Writing Excellence Awards and finalists in several other categories, Health Mandate's, MD Mike Birtwistle said: "Health Mandate is delighted to have done so well at the 2009 Communiqué Awards. Our track record of success at Communiqué has really helped attract new clients and recruits alike. Recognition from peers for good work is so important and, because the judging process is so rigorous, winning at Communiqué really matters to us."

This year's chosen charity was for dementia, which improves the quality of life for all people affected by dementia through the provision of Admiral Nurses. The organisation's patron John Suchet gave a moving insight into how the Admiral Nurses are helping him and his wife, Bonnie, deal with her condition. Over £20,000 was raised for the charity, including donations of £5,000 each from Pfizer and Cambridge Theranostics.

You can find out more about the work of Admiral Nurses on the for dementia website: http://www.fordementia.org.uk

The Winners in Pictures are now available as well as a list of all winners, commendations and finalists and a photo gallery from the evening.

13th July 2009

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